Karen Marks

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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, Wharton, MIT, Tuck, Columbia, Kellogg, Booth, Haas, Duke, Johnson, Ross, NYU, UNC, UCLA, Georgetown and more. Clients have been awarded more than 20 million dollars in scholarships, and more than 97% have gotten into one of their top choice schools.

Ready to Start Your MBA Applications?

The business school application season has officially begun, with schools releasing essays, deadlines and even the MBA applications themselves. This time of year, I often hear that applicants are planning to start working on their materials at some point in the future, after hitting certain milestones. In my experience, waiting [...]

By | May 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Surprising Red Flags on Your MBA Application

You already know that having a criminal record, failing grades and erratic work experience can make it harder to get into business school. However, you might not realize that there are subtle (and more common!) issues that also alarm MBA programs. Do you have any of these surprising red flags [...]

By | May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How to Get Great College Recommendations

Wondering how to get great college recommendations? It’s normal to be nervous about choosing recommenders, and about asking them to endorse you. Here are tips that can alleviate some of your stress. Choose people who know you well. Recommendation letters are a neutral part of most applications – teachers who [...]

By | April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How to Strengthen Your Quant Profile for Business School

Business schools want reassurance that you can handle the quantitative aspects of the curriculum.  If you have a low quant percentile on the GMAT or GRE, or a weak undergraduate record in quantitative courses, here are tips about how you can strengthen your quant profile for business school. Testing First [...]

By | April 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Will you get off the MBA Wait List?

Five years ago, I wrote a blog about why people really get wait listed. I have also discussed mistakes, and how to get off the MBA wait list. However, even armed with information, it can be hard to calculate your odds of getting admitted. Here is further insight into the [...]

By | April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Why you should attend MBA Admitted Student’s Events

If you are deciding between business school offers, you are likely attending MBA admitted student’s events. These events are a wealth of information, if you know where to look, and can really help you decide which school to attend. Check out your potential classmates. Your cohort is key at business [...]

By | April 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|

5 Truths About the College Wait List

Now that the dust has settled on an ultra-competitive college admissions season, many families have questions about how the college wait list works. If you are considering accepting a spot, here are some things that you should know about the college wait list process.   The Odds Aren’t Good. Most [...]

By | April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Are You Ready For An MBA?

Done right, the business school application process is demanding. In addition to being at the right place in your career, you need to be focused, honest with yourself, open to feedback and wiling to prioritize. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might not be ready for an MBA. [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Do Business School Rankings Matter?

Applying to business school? Whether you are just starting to research programs or deciding between offers, you are likely looking at business school rankings.  What do these rankings really tell us? How much should they influence your decisions? Below are three important factors to keep in mind when considering business [...]

By | February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|