NORTH STAR ADMISSIONS CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Skeptic to Happy Customer

Entering the MBA process was stressful. The market is full of companies, tutors and consulting

“I was an “older applicant”, I had a low undergraduate GPA, and just was sure how this whole process would play out… The culmination of this alliance was my admission to my dream school, and scholarship funds to boot!! Imagine my excitement!”

I had been pondering the idea of enrolling for a Full Time MBA for quite

“In the end, I received two full-tuition scholarship offers — something I didn’t even think was possible for me — one of which was at a top 10 program which I’ll be attending in the Fall…I can’t express enough how instrumental Karen was to my success of getting into my dream business school.”

I can’t express enough how instrumental Karen was to my success of getting into my. Going into the application process, I knew it was going to be a long process and one where I wanted full support. I had two big “red flags” on my application (below 3.0 undergrad GPA and low GRE Quant score) and I needed a consultant who would help me frame those weaknesses and identify my strengths. I interviewed a number of other consultants at different firms before meeting Karen and I was shocked that none of them wanted to work with me. To be candid, they were more concerned with preserving their success rate and I was too much of a risk. My initial consult with Karen was completely different. She took a more holistic approach when looking at my profile and experiences and she focused on the strengths I’d bring to a program. Put simply: she believed in me. She didn’t just look at the numbers, she honed in on who I was as a person and it made all the difference. In the end, I received two full-tuition scholarship offers — something I didn’t even think was possible for me — one of which was at a top 10 program which I’ll be attending in the Fall.Karen is the real deal — she’ll support you, be honest with you, and really get to know you so that you can put your best foot forward. She’ll partner with you to create an in-depth application strategy and give you clear, constructive feedback on your essays and short answers. Most importantly, she’ll prioritize you throughout your entire application journey, and you’ll never feel as though you’re competing for her time. I think she’s the best consultant out there.  

I Got Into Every School I Applied for (Including Stanford Gsb, Hbs, Wharton, Sloan and Booth) Which I Could Not Have Done Without Karen!

“I thoroughly recommend working with Karen! I thought I was ready to apply and came

Accepted Early Decision to Penn

Working with Karen got me accepted early decision into my first choice college, the University of . Karen’s knowledge and expertise helped make the process very smooth and low-stress, especially after I was accepted early decision. Karen understands the admissions process very well, but more importantly, she invests the time necessary to really get to know the people she works with. By doing so, she helped me incorporate my personality into my essays.  Karen helped me identify the strongest points of my candidacy and put them all together to create the best possible application, which accurately reflected my personality and ultimately got me accepted into a top university.  Throughout the process, Karen remained very positive and supportive, and helped make the process a lot faster, easier, and more relaxed than it otherwise would have been. I strongly recommend Karen; working with her was the best decision I made during college apps.

Made the Right Choice With Karen

“As an applicant from the overrepresented demographic pool, I was a bit anxious about the admission

Working With Karen Was the Best Decision I Made

“ I wholeheartedly recommend working with Karen if you are remotely considering applying to MBA

Her Guidance is the Best Investment I Have Ever Made and Has Set Me Up for a Bright Future.

“Without Karen I would not be at the top tier MBA program I am at

Game-changer

“I can’t thank Karen enough for believing in my potential. Given my less-than-ideal stats and

Her Dynamic Abilities and Execution-oriented Feedback Made an Impact on My Application and Helped Me Get Into My Dream Program – Harvard Business School.

“My coach from Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) referred me to Karen two months before

In the End, I Received Two Full-tuition Scholarship Offers — Something I Didn’t Even Think Was Possible for Me — One of Which Was at a Top 10 Program Which I’ll Be Attending in the Fall…i Can’t Express Enough How Instrumental Karen Was to My Success of Getting Into My Dream Business School.

I can’t express enough how instrumental Karen was to my success of getting into my. Going into the application process, I knew it was going to be a long process and one where I wanted full support. I had two big “red flags” on my application (below 3.0 undergrad GPA and low GRE Quant score) and I needed a consultant who would help me frame those weaknesses and identify my strengths. I interviewed a number of other consultants at different firms before meeting Karen and I was shocked that none of them wanted to work with me. To be candid, they were more concerned with preserving their success rate and I was too much of a risk. My initial consult with Karen was completely different. She took a more holistic approach when looking at my profile and experiences and she focused on the strengths I’d bring to a program. Put simply: she believed in me. She didn’t just look at the numbers, she honed in on who I was as a person and it made all the difference. In the end, I received two full-tuition scholarship offers — something I didn’t even think was possible for me — one of which was at a top 10 program which I’ll be attending in the Fall. Karen is the real deal — she’ll support you, be honest with you, and really get to know you so that you can put your best foot forward. She’ll partner with you to create an in-depth application strategy and give you clear, constructive feedback on your essays and short answers. Most importantly, she’ll prioritize you throughout your entire application journey, and you’ll never feel as though you’re competing for her time. I think she’s the best consultant out there.

Ultimately I Was Accepted to the Tuck School of Business, Which Was One of the Three Programs I Worked With Karen on, and All of Which Were Among the Top Mba Programs in the Country.

I approached Karen late in the application process (in November) and I
was intent

She Helped Me Get Into My Top Choice Program, Tuck, by Providing Constructive Criticism, Pep Talks When I Was at My Lowest Point, and Everything Else Needed to Get Through This Strenuous Process. Thank You, Karen!

“Once I started the application process, I realized that I was going to need help

Great and Well Worth the Money

“If you’re looking for an MBA consultant to apply to the most competitive programs, Karen

Thanks to All Her Efforts I Was Able to Earn Admission Into Every School I Applied to, and Successfully Earned Scholarships That Were Beyond Any Expectation

“Applying to business school is a daunting process with all the interviews, school visits, and

I Couldn’t Have Done It Without Karen’s Guidance. She Really Believed in Me.

“Karen took the time to learn about my background, goals and interests so she could

Through Her Very Patient Listening and Insightful Questioning, Karen Was Able to Transform My Biggest Vulnerabilities Into Strong Components of My Overall Application, and Interview Experience.

“I had been pondering the idea of enrolling for a Full Time MBA for quite

Thanks to All Her Efforts I Was Able to Earn Admission Into Every School I Applied to, and Successfully Earned Scholarships That Were Beyond Any Expectation.

“Applying to business school is a daunting process with all the interviews, school visits, and

I Could Not Have Done It Without Her!

Karen was instrumental in helping me get into business school. She has a gift for understanding. From the start, Karen’s instincts on the right program for me were spot on, even before I came around to realizing it myself. Further, Karen provided the guidance I needed throughout the entire process, from planning to essays to interviews, and she enabled me to present the strongest version of myself to prospective programs. I could not have done it without her!

We Highly Recommend Karen

“We are so thankful that we hired Karen to help our daughter with her college

Personal and Reflective Experience

“The business school application process can be daunting and complicated – Karen both guided me

Karen is the Real Deal

“Let’s start the story with the outcome: I am going to my dream school and that A few months ago after being denied admission from all the schools I applied to the previous year and despite having worked with a «  famous » consultant from a « famous » firm, I decided to reapply to the same schools and also to apply for the first time to my dream school, which was a stretch considering my stats. I decided to « audit » possible consultants and came upon Karen. Any free consultation could only give a glimpse of what it would be like working together but from the first call, you can hear in Karen’s cheerful voice that she is on your side. Karen was the first person to believe in me and to push me to apply to my dream school. As I mentioned, I did not apply to my dream school in my first round of application last year because the previous consultants told me I would never make it, they just looked at my profile and analyzed the stats and concluded I could only make it to a top 15 schools at best. Karen had a very candid and holistic look at my profile and concluded that both of us could make it to my dream school with some hard work of course. So here are the best part of working with Karen: – she understands that all prospective applicants are rough diamonds and that with some hard work: you can go to your dream school! Unlike other consultants who are not willing to go the extra mile with you but just to make you fit in a box; – Karen will be your coach from day one until you put your deposit in the school you aimed to get to, at no point she will let you down (trust me on this point, if you are Rocky Balboa, Karen is Mickey Goldmill); – take it from someone who worked with other consultant and who heard from friends working with consultant: you might think: ok that’s nice feedback from my consultant but was it worth the money? With Karen you will never have this feeling: all her inputs and prep will make you think: oh I could have never do so good without her inputs. This is just my opinion, but after going through two admission cycles and working with several consultants before Karen, I can tell you this: Karen is the real deal. I am going to my dream school: Tuck!  Good luck to all of you, you can all make it!”

Took Some of the Angst Out of This Process

“Karen was a key asset during the college search and application process. In initial interviews with each

Found a Way Connect With Me

“Karen helped make my college application process go as smoothly and stress free as possible. She found a Karen worked with me to identify and articulate my strengths and guided me as I prioritized my applications. I highly recommend Karen!

What Got Me Into Business School

Without question, working with Karen is what got me into business school.  Just a year

Took the Stress Out of the Process

Working with Karen took essentially 100% of the stress out of the process for our. Karen worked with us to develop an appropriate list of schools to visit and based on our initial visits very quickly got a sense of what our daughter was looking for in a school and who she is as a person. Karen had a ton of knowledge about school culture and was open about sharing her insights while still making our daughter feel that the choices she was making were her own. Karen and our daughter worked seamlessly to complete the Common App and the essays. With deadlines, our daughter was never playing catch-up or rushing to finish. As parents, we were able to remove ourselves from the application part of the process and be available to be available for the fun part – the school visits! While there are never any guarantees, our daughter did get accepted to her early decision choice and I believe that is because of her academic record, her application, and Karen’s help in finding a school that really felt like the right fit for our daughter.”

Professional & Personable

“Karen is professional and personable. She is continually keeping her clients’ needs in mind and wants

Karen’s Help Made All the Difference

After getting accepted to my dream school, the first person I wanted to tell wasAfter receiving an offer from a top school, I was faced with a difficult choice on whether or not to re-apply to my dream school. I only felt comfortable turning down an amazing offer if I were to work with Karen. It was Karen’s honesty and authenticity that made me feel so at ease.   Karen takes the time to learn as much as possible about a candidate. She pointed out the qualities and experiences that would help differentiate my candidacy and craft a compelling story. It’s through this personalized process that helped me completely re-vamp my application from the previous year. The business school process is stressful but Karen made me feel much more relaxed. She quickly turned around materials, answered all my questions, and always had time for a phone call. Not only was I admitted to my dream school, but I also received scholarship offers from two other top schools. Without a doubt in my mind, it was Karen’s help that made all the difference!”

Single Best Decision

“Investing in North Star Consulting was the single best decision I could have made during my application process.

Unbelievable & Necessary Resource

“I don’t know what I would have done without Karen. From initial soul-searching to application

Understanding and Trusting

“Being an international student, I knew I would need some help with my application process

Changed the Course of My Life

“Karen has changed the course of my life. This is not an overstatement or an exaggeration.

Getting Accepted to Harvard

“I was very happy with Karen’s service and ended up getting accepted to Harvard. This is

Big Ripple Effect

“It wasn’t until I started working with Karen that I truly understood the importance and

Immediately Encouraging and Positive

“After my son was deferred from his first choice college in December, we went to

Strongly Recommended

“I am fortunate to have Karen as my mentor of MBA applications. I got to

Exceptional Qualifications

“I chose to work with Karen due to her exceptional qualifications and the fact that I get

Accessible and Responsive

“Working with Karen was a real pleasure and her feedback and coaching were instrumental in

Invested in Your Success

“Karen is so good at getting you to trust her first, and then trust yourself.

Top Mba Program

“Karen was instrumental in helping me getting accepted into my top choice school. I came into

Top Schools

Working with Karen got me into arguably the best business school in the world. But that’s

$338,580 in Scholarships With a 2.57 Gpa

“Karen is amazing!  With her knowledge of the admissions process she developed an admissions strategy

Consistent Approach

“Karen is an amazing person to work with and I urge anyone applying to business

My Sounding Board

“I cannot imagine navigating the MBA admissions process without the guidance, support and insights offered

Honest Feedback

“Karen has been a wonderful adviser to have through this complex application process. I made

Higher Caliber Schools

“What I believe sets Karen apart from other consultants is she really took the time

Investment in Education

“Working with Karen was one of the best investments I’ve made in my education. I will be attending, and without Karen’s guidance I would not be on this path. I was hesitant to contract a consultant – this was not something I had done for undergrad or really ever considered before. However, as a non-traditional candidate I found the MBA application process daunting and struggled to understand my competitiveness. I learned of Karen’s organization through The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and from the brief referral I had a glimmer of hope that someone could help me sort through the plethora of information inundating me from MBA websites, message boards, and shiny admissions brochures. From our first session, I knew I made the right choice with North Star Admissions. Karen is very knowledgeable about admissions systems at top institutions, and her feedback is grounded in her impressive experience within the admissions field. But beyond that, she is kind, competent and downright amazing at her job. One of my fears of working with an admission consultant was that I would be overly coached and pushed to represent myself in an inauthentic way; this was the exact opposite of my experience with Karen. Karen’s approach is focused, consistent and personal. Karen is incredibly approachable and she took time to get to know me. I was surprised to experience so much personal growth throughout the application process as Karen helped me to clarify my goals and articulate my story. I also really valued Karen’s perspective and advice on finding the best “fit” with an MBA program. Karen helped me align my background and goals with potential programs, and I ended up applying to and being accepted to many schools that I had not previously considered, including the program I will attend this fall! Karen was instrumental in building my confidence and tapping into my strengths, especially when crafting my essays and preparing for interviews. Karen helped me define a final list of schools, create a timeline and manage action items to keep me on track. I was able to rely on regular check-ins, clearly defined expectations and an always calm, reassuring tone throughout the chaotic application process. As an added bonus, the interview and resume prep have proved invaluable for the start of recruitment season. I am so grateful for Karen’s services and the support she provided me through this process. Karen is truly wonderful to work with and if you are able I would highly recommend seizing the opportunity to have her guide you through your admissions process.”

Great Experience

“Working with Karen as an admissions consultant has truly been a great experience.  I was referred

Genuinely Cared About My Success

“Karen and North Star Admissions Consulting was a joy to work with. I used two

Interview Strategies

“The college application process is never easy. We decided to engage a consultant to help

Supportive Guidance

“As our son approached the finish of his junior year in high school, we were

Medical School

“Coming from a competitive undergraduate institution with a large pre-med population, I was extremely grateful to In the time sensitive process that is medical school admissions, her prompt and thoughtful replies were indispensable. She also took the time to get to know me and my motivations for entering the medical field—again in a way that no school-provided advisor could have—and used that knowledge to draw out and highlight my voice in my writing. Her years of experience with undergraduate and business school admissions grafted seamlessly onto the medical school admissions process. As a result, she was invaluable in the strategic aspects of the process as well, from composing a school list in the narrow window between the receipt of my MCAT scores and submission of the AMCAS primary application, to preparing for my twelve interviews, to maintaining contact with schools through update letters. Largely thanks to Karen’s help, I was accepted to a top medical school on the first day possible during the application season. I recommend Karen as a resource to any medical school candidate in the highest possible terms.”

Peace of Mind

“The first thing that I think of when I think of Karen and North Star

Non-traditional Background

“Working with North Star Admissions was an absolute pleasure. I was initially quite anxious when

Goal Oriented

“After talking to Karen Marks during the free consultation, I knew that I had found

Selection and Concentration

“Looking back at my application process to some of top schools of the US and

Invaluable Insights

“Karen provided us with consistently knowledgeable and thoughtful advice throughout the college admissions process. Her

Perfect Fit

“After two successful college admissions processes, we cannot say enough positive things about the support

Significant Scholarships

“I decided to work with Karen after our initial free consultation. At the time, I

Unique Strengths

“When my daughter was placed on the wait list at her first choice college, Karen

Fresh Ideas

“I strongly recommend Karen. She was honest, professional, flexible, and above all completely trustworthy. If your. During one of our first phone chats, Karen provided me with the following blunt yet insightful advice: “You’re story is great, but you need to own it!” From our first meeting onward, Karen answered phone calls and replied to emails almost immediately, all in order to improve my delivery. Karen provided me with fresh ideas and guidance without sacrificing my integrity or hers. I wanted to enter a top-tier school, and I wanted to have earned it on my own. With that, especially, in mind, I recommend Karen’s services to anyone who is genuinely willing to improve upon their own candidacy in order enter a top business school.”

My Best Qualities

“Simply stated, I highly recommend Karen to other individuals who are applying to business school.

Phenomenal Experience

“My time with you was nothing short of a phenomenal experience. You worked hard to get

Outstanding Advice

“Karen was an incredibly helpful resource in navigating the wait list process at Tuck. Her

Sharply Perceptive Advisor

“Over the two years that I have known Karen, both as a prospective and current

— AJL
BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, UCLA; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

Expert in Mba Admissions

“I have had the pleasure of connecting with Karen in many different roles. I interacted

— A.W.
BS, Wesleyan; MBA, the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College

Years of Experience

“Karen is an admissions expert with years of experience in a decision-making role at a top-ranked business

— JG
BS, Columbia University; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Valuable Asset

“My interaction with Karen Marks through the MBA admissions process was particularly helpful because I

–AK
BA, Brown; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Impressively Intelligent

“I have known Karen for the two years I was a student at the Tuck

— VN
B. Com., Delhi University; Institute of Chartered Accountants of India; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College

Insider Knowledge

“Karen has the unique ability to hone in on the distinctive qualities of her clients and help

— JM,
BS, United States Military Academy at West Point; MBA, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; MPA, Harvard Kennedy School

Maximized My Candidacy

“I can confidently say that my life would be very different today had it not

— JM
BA, Cornell University; MBA, Kellogg

Succeed & Achieve

“Karen understands people—she listens, truly cares, and wants her students to succeed and achieve. Karen’s

–CJS
BA, Mt. Holyoke; Associate Director of Admissions at an independent high school