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About Karen Marks

Karen has more than 12 years of experience evaluating candidates for admission to Dartmouth College and to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Since founding North Star Admissions Consulting in 2012, she has helped applicants gain admission to the nation’s top schools, including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, MIT, Duke, Georgetown, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Wellesley, and more. Over the last three years, clients have been awarded more than 6.9 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 90% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.

Articulating Goals in Your Business School Applications

What do you want to do after you graduate from business school? Surprisingly, many applicants are initially stumped by this question. I help North Star clients figure out and articulate what they really want to do by guiding them through an introspective process. Ultimately, their goal essays and interview responses are [...]

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Why You Were Really Rejected From a Top MBA Program

Do you want to know why you were really rejected from a top MBA program, despite having great grades from an elite college, strong test scores and impressive employment? As a former Tuck admissions officer and an experienced admissions consultant, I can tell you that you were probably dinged because [...]

High School Juniors: Time to Plan for College Applications

If you are a high school junior (or the parent of one), it’s time to get serious about college applications. Here are the most important areas to address: Standardized Testing Juniors recently received their PSAT results. These scores can help you decide whether to focus on the revised SAT or [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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A Behind The Scenes Look at Admissions Consulting

Hello North Star blog readers. I am in the midst of selecting candidates for the second Sirius group admissions consulting program, designed to help first generation college graduates get into business school. I wanted to share this blog about what it’s like to participate, from last year’s Sirius Fellow. I [...]

By |February 4th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

What Ivy League Admissions Officers Want You To Know

What Ivy League Admissions Officers Want You to Know Have you ever listened to an Ivy League Admissions presentation, wondering what the presenters were really trying to tell you about how to get into college? As a former Dartmouth Admissions Officer, I can help translate. Standardized tests are still important. [...]

By |February 3rd, 2016|College Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|
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2016-2017 MBA Admissions Trends

Happy New Year! Are you planning to apply to business school? Here are my predictions about 2016-2017 MBA admissions trends. Women For the last few years the top schools have been VERY aggressive about admitting qualified women. I expect this trend to continue, so if you are a woman and [...]

By |January 8th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

How to Shine in MBA Video Essays

Yale, Kellogg and other top business schools are now asking applicants to complete a brief video response. This can seem stressful, but is actually a great opportunity for you to personalize your candidacy. Here are tips to help you excel in MBA video essays: Control the Environment. Please make sure [...]

By |January 6th, 2016|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|
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A Successful MBA Reapplicant!

Hello North Star Blog readers! I am delighted to share an inspirational update from one of our guest contributors, a very successful MBA reapplicant who was recently admitted to Kellogg, Darden, Duke and Johnson - after being denied at multiple schools last year. It's always incredibly gratifying to help people achieve [...]

By |December 26th, 2015|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|
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What it’s Really Like to be a Student at a Top MBA Program

Hello North Star blog readers! Many of you are in the midst of the business school application process, or thinking about applying. Are you curious about what it's like to be a student at a top MBA program? Here is some insight from a friend of mine who is a [...]

By |December 21st, 2015|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|

Social Media and MBA Applications

Have you checked out your social media profile? If not, you really should – your online footprint can impact your business school candidacy, both positively and negatively. Here is information about the relationship between social media and MBA applications. Understand Who is Searching, and Why You may have heard that [...]

By |November 18th, 2015|Business School Admissions, General Admissions, Uncategorized|