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.

MBA Application Trends

As we start to look towards next year, it’s useful to discuss recent MBA application trends. Leverage these insights to optimize your business school applications. Apply Early Applying as early as possible is becoming more advantageous every year. This trend isn’t new, and you should still wait until you are [...]

By | February 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

After You Submit Your MBA Application

If you recently applied to business school, you are probably wondering what’s happening behind the scenes with your MBA application. Here is advice about what to do while you wait. Interview invites are often staggered. Please don’t read too much into it if you aren’t immediately invited to interview. True, [...]

By | February 6th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How to Calm Your MBA Interview Nerves

Being invited for an MBA interview is great validation that that the admissions committee is interested in you. For schools that offer open interviews, it’s your chance to persuade the school that you are a strong candidate. The stakes are high - and even the most prepared applicants can suffer [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Five Critical College Application Tasks for Juniors

If you are applying to college next year, it’s time to get serious about the application process. Here are five critical college application tasks for juniors: Figure out a testing plan. Ideally, you want to be done with your core standardized testing (ACT or SAT, and SAT subject tests if [...]

By | January 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Applying To Business School? Don’t Forget to Network.

Clients often tell me that they are surprised by the unwritten rules surrounding MBA admissions, including the importance of building personal connections when you are applying to business school. Here are some tips that will help you network correctly: Understand Why This Matters. Networking is an important tool for MBA [...]

By | July 25th, 2018|Business School Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized|


Standardized testing is one of the least understood and most dreaded parts of the business school application process. Here are some of the most relevant factors to consider when deciding whether to take the GMAT or GRE. Schools Accept Either Test. With a very few exceptions, most domestic and international [...]