I always dreamt of joining Stanford. No other school mattered. I knew it was my objective years before I submitted. I contacted David, who already got few of my friends to top schools in the past. Since it was still early, David consulted me on my career moves and timeline. The advice was priceless. I followed his advice and we were in touch all along. David kept reinforcing my confidence and helping me when I had questions. When we started the application process, David knew already how he wanted things to look like. He was confident the whole way. When the amazing news arrived, David was happy as if he got to Stanford himself, but I also sensed he was not that surprised. It really felt he had a very clear plan and knew exactly how it would end up.
I must say that my experience is not unique. Few of my friends here also used Ivy and share the same experience. I truly recommend David and Ivy MBA Consulting for anyone who is aiming high!!
I reached out to Eli after I received warm recommendations from friends who were accepted to Harvard and worked with him on their applications in the past. At first, I hesitated since I wasn't sure I needed a consultant, but today I am so grateful for their recommendations and for Eli's support and guidance. Eli was the best consultant I could ask for to accompany me in the long application process. He was super professional and to the point, he guided me throughout the application, highlighted important angles, helped me to surface my achievements, and supported me in building a strong candidacy. I recommend Eli without reservation!
Stanford, Wharton, and more, and I couldn’t do it without Eli. I got to know Eli from a couple of colleagues at my work who received offers from HBS and Stanford as well. I had no doubt that I will work with Ivy MBA consulting but had no idea about how significant the added value was. From the first call with Eli, I felt as if he completely understood what I wanted to say and what were my most important strengths. This demonstrated itself later on during the work on the documents. The brainstorming and ideation processes were such that my narrative was much stronger than what I had initially thought. Throughout the process I felt that Eli were fully committed to my success, they were extremely accessible and set up an amazing work atmosphere. I was incredibly happy to call them after each call from the adcom. Thank you!!
Warning: This will be a longer-than-usual review as Eli David was not my first MBA adviser, nor even my second. He was, however, my savior.
Notably, I am usually not the type of person to write reviews for anybody, but my experience with Eli was so overwhelmingly positive, I had to make an exception. I’m still uncertain that 1,000 words are sufficient to describe how much Eli helped me throughout the entire journey and how much I appreciated him. I will do my best.
Before the end of the round-one application process this year, I had already lost confidence in all MBA admission consultants. By that time, I’d spent nearly $15K USD on consultations but had received nearly nothing of value in return. What’s worse, my confidence level was nearly at rock bottom.
I’d first worked with one of the big-name admission-consulting firms during round two of the previous year and had ended up being rejected by my dream school without even getting an interview. I then worked with a top-rated consultant during round one of this year, which turned out to be one of the worst experiences in my life. Simply because I had an average GMAT score and was from an overrepresented applicants pool, the advisor asked me to downgrade my initial school list from M7 to S16 – and forced me to believe I had no choice but to accept.
Making matters worse, the advisor I worked with took between 10 and 15 days to provide feedback on each of my documents, and after just one iteration, he would claim the document was ready to submit. I truly felt as though he just wanted to take my money and didn’t care about me or my success. Worse yet, he always made me feel as though my feedback was unimportant. I was truly devastated.
By this point, I was completely lost – but I was not ready to give up. I called a few more consultants to evaluate my profiles. I distinctly remember that one afternoon when Eli called me almost immediately after I’d written him an inquiry email. He told me that with my unique experience, “You should be sitting in the classroom of your dream school! You are the exact person they are looking for.”
Although I was initially skeptical about what Eli said, my gut told me to give him – and myself – another chance. We quickly came up with a one-school deal for this year’s R1, applying to the program that had previously rejected me without an interview. Understanding my unpleasant experiences with the other advisor, Eli suggested that I work with him on an hourly basis until I gained trust, and we agreed that if I got a good result, we would work extensively on other schools in R2.
I was amazed when Eli decided to change every single document I’d worked on before. He responded within a day to each document I sent him, and he was constantly available to answer all of my questions on WhatsApp. I honestly don’t know how he does it!
One month later, I was absolutely thrilled to be invited for an interview with the school that had rejected me six months prior. Remembering how many times Eli and I went back and forth about my essays, videos, resumes, I am convinced that his timely and insightful feedback made all the difference.
After my initial success with Eli, I immediately decided to trust him again by signing up for a five-school package for R2. Crazy though it may sound, we initially decided for me to apply to the top five MBA programs in the US this time: Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Wharton, Booth, and Kellogg. Throughout this whole process, I continued having doubts about my profile, GMAT scores, and everything else. Eli never let me down, however, and he always encouraged me with positive communication.
I do want to stress that working with Eli was not easy: He is a perfectionist and he will never let you finish with a document until he’s is fully satisfied with it. Meeting his expectations requires a considerable amount of time spent on thinking and writing. In truth, I sometimes felt frustrated, or even angry, when I’d reach my limit on a document and he’d remain unsatisfied. He will always guide you and push your limits so that you’ll achieve what you had previously thought was beyond your abilities.
Though the application process was grueling, Eli’s demands for excellence proved worthwhile in the end: After a two-month wait, I received invitations to interview for all of the five top schools I’d applied for in R2. Eli did an amazing job in preparing me for the interviews, tailoring his guidance to address my weaknesses. I even underwent a five-person practice interview that emulated Wharton’s interview style.
Ultimately, I was admitted to HBS and a few other top schools. (As I write this, I am on the Stanford GSB waitlist – but Eli remains optimistic about my chances). I could not have achieved any of this without Eli.
One final note about Eli: Working with him is not simply a matter of signing up for a service. For me, Eli was effectively a life coach, and his unique perspective on admissions and life, in general, helped me and guided me in the right direction. He is, in my view, the best example of a true college-admissions consultant who not only helps you get into your dream school but always guides you into the next phase of your life.
Thank you, Eli! I will always be one of your biggest fans.
Working with Eli was an experience far beyond what I expected. I applied to only one school in the last round and needless to say – I needed this one shot to succeed. If I had to say what were the things that were most amazing in working with Ivy, I would say that they are (1) Eli’s responsiveness – he is ALWAYS available. Not sure how he does that but he really is. We jumped on briefing calls with a notice of less than an hour and often on the spot. It truly felt like he is always there for me (2) Eli’s thoroughness – even when I was ready to submit or wrap up an essay, Eli kept pushing that it could be better and guided me with very clear feedback on how to improve my documents. He didn’t count iteration or limited the work in any way. He pushed me even when I was demotivated to achieve a better result. (3) Eli’s attitude is one that inspires confidence. He had no doubt we would make the deadline (we had 3 weeks!) and was very confident that I would get admitted. Other than the above, the operation was flawless and with high quality. The documents came back from editing much stronger and the interview prep process that included prep material and live mocks was extremely helpful. Overall, I felt I have a true partner for the process and I cannot recommend Ivy MBA Consulting more. Thank you!!
I have used several undergrad admissions consultants as well as an MBA consultant from a large admissions company prior to David, and I can very confidently say that David is the best admissions consultant I’ve ever had. I am very happy to share that, after initially feeling like I wouldn’t be able to gain admission into any business school this year, I have been accepted into Chicago Booth MBA which was my target business school.
I first signed up for a very popular MBA admissions service before I signed up with David. They were extremely helpful and quick to respond until I signed up and gave them my money. Subsequently, it would take several days for them to respond to a simple email question and I had to follow up with them several times in order to even get a resume reviewed. The quality of their feedback was also cursory and substandard.
After getting rejected from one of my main target schools, I decided to sign up with another company. I spoke to 8 different consultants to get an idea of their services. I chose David because he seemed the most realistic, methodical, and detail-oriented.
While working with David, I never had a problem with communication. He gave me his WhatsApp cell phone number and he would answer my questions within minutes. If I sent him essays for review late night, I would have them back in my hands by noon the next day. His feedback was always very precise and descriptive. He would make it very clear exactly what I had to do in order to improve my essay or resume.
David was also very particular about the quality of my work. Contrary to the other consultants who took 2 looks at my resume and told me that it was good to go, David and I went through 7 iterations of my resume before we decided that it was satisfactory. On many of my essays, we would do 5 or more back and forth iterations before we reached a place where the essay was perfect. For those who are similar to me in needing very prescriptive guidelines rather than general feedback, David is the right person to go to.
Although I was the one who lived my experiences, David was able to coax them out of me and make every aspect of my profile an advantage. He made me really think about the impact that I’ve had in various places of my life, and then worked very hard with me to craft a story that accurately and convincingly communicated that impact. He also understands what to emphasize for each school in order to make that school really like your profile.
Overall, I cannot recommend David enough and my experience with him has been absolutely incredible – I really credit my admission into Chicago Booth to him.
I chose to work with Eli after he helped my wife to get into HBS MBA and several other acquaintances into top-5 MBA programs. I was only targeting MIT due to the GMAT waiver so a lot was at stake. Needless to say, I write this review after being admitted.Eli started helping me three years before I submitted. He advised me on career changes and the timing of certain crucial decisions. This had a significant impact on the outcome of my process. He really knows his way in this domain and can answer each question in depth. However, if you are looking for someone to constantly pat your back, he’s not the right Consultant. Eli is very results-oriented with high expectations from himself and from his applicants. He is very straightforward about your work and has one thing in his mind: finding the best version of yourself and get you into your dream school. Don’t worry – he will not yell at you 😊 he is really a great person to work with – but he will not sugarcoat or beat around the bush. He will call it as it is.Another thing I liked a lot about working with Eli is his accessibility. He works around the clock and is ALWAYS available to talk. He actually gave me his WhatsApp number and we chatted every time I had a question. Just knowing that you have this knowledgeable resource a text away is reassuring in itself. He is very approachable and he encouraged me not to wait too much if I get stuck – just to pick up the phone and call him.Bottom line – the result is what counts and I put all the eggs in one basket. Eli delivered and I will be in Boston studying alongside my wife. I strongly recommend reaching out to Eli the moment you are thinking of applying. You won’t regret it.
Choosing to hire an admissions consultant is a tough decision to make. Not only is it eye-poppingly expensive, but you might be worried whether or not you are choosing the right person.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have, almost entirely by chance, decided to work with Eli when I was beginning the application process. I am 100% certain that being a current admit at my top choice MBA program wouldn’t have been possible without Eli’s help.
Eli is a 1-of-a-kind partner in the application process. He’s incredibly honest and forthcoming, pushing you to find the best version of your application at every turn. Whether it was my resume or my essay, there would be times when I felt like there were no more improvements or changes I could make, but Eli constantly pushed me on even the smallest of bullet points to find something better. That was the case for every single piece of the application process.
When we did my first practice interview, I totally bombed it. And Eli laid into me. He made it clear that if I performed like that during the interview, I won’t get admitted, full stop. It is hard to hear something like that, with so much on the line, and not completely panic. But the honesty pushed me to prepare. I spent the next few weeks going back and forth with voice memos and doing more mock interviews with his friends and colleagues. By the time the interview day came, I was leagues better than our first mock interview.
At the end of the day, using a consultant isn’t any magic guarantee of success. Don’t let any reviews try to convince you of that. Putting together a great application is incredibly burdensome and stress-inducing. But, if you’re sure that an MBA is the next step you want to take, you owe it to yourself to find someone who gives you the best possible shot to succeed. Eli does that.
I chose to reach out to Eli primarily due to the reviews on this site. As a result, I had high expectations, which Eli’s personalized support exceeded, and then some! My experience with Eli was as enjoyable, professional, and successful as all others describe below. But most importantly, I can’t underscore how much I appreciated having a consultant who truly cared about me from start to finish. Sharing the news of my acceptance with Eli was so rewarding – I felt how invested he was in my personal success, for the application process, and beyond.
Both my partner and I worked with Eli in parallel over the course of a year. The care and individualization with which he approached each of our unique processes were incredible. Thanks to Eli’s support, we had our choice of top schools to attend and will both be enrolling at HBS in the fall! We couldn’t have dreamed of a better outcome.
Eli is a top-notch consultant, but he also acts as a mentor and trusted confidant for any and all ideas and questions. He differentiates himself in four essential ways (which I imagine would make or break the application experience): 1) Attention to Detail – No stone goes unturned and no sentence goes unscrutinized 2) Flexibility / Approachability – He provides direct WhatsApp access, makes it clear no question is too small, and really means it 3) Directness – His feedback is always actionable, efficient, and unambiguous 4) Speed – Without fail, he always delivers detailed and thoughtful feedback on a document within a day or few days at most, no matter whether it is the first draft or 10th iteration.
Additionally, I was so impressed by how Eli navigated the unique processes of me and my partner. He had an acute sense for our different work styles, navigated our preferences for emotional support, and executed unique and successful plans for each of us despite our differing professional backgrounds.
I can’t recommend working with Eli highly enough!
Eli’s value prop in the process is pushing your work until it is the absolute best it can be and being very straightforward about where you stand throughout the process. I contacted Eli when I was about a year and a half out from applying to business school, and he was able to give me a very objective assessment of the strengths of my application and things I should change/work on before applying. This type of straightforward feedback was a key part of the process of working with Eli. He pushed me on every essay and short answer to make sure it was the strongest possible, even if it meant doing many many (needed) iterations on some of my essays.
Compared to friends using other consultants, I really think the key differentiator is the time and attention he gives to your application (AKA you get more bang for your buck). I felt that friends who used other consultancies were given much more cookie-cutter guidance and had more rules on how much time could be dedicated to their applications. Eli was more results-oriented. It wasn’t about the time he put in, but about the output. Sometimes we wouldn’t spend much time at all on a piece of work because it was already in a good place. Other times we spent a ton of time figuring out an essay or answer. Throughout the process, he didn’t tell me what I should say or what my story should be, but rather he helped me think through it and iterated on it until it was perfect. His support was invaluable.
I applied to 4 business schools: Stanford, Wharton, Harvard, and Berkeley with a good resume, but slightly lower GMAT scores for these schools. I got into Berkeley and Harvard and will be attending Harvard in the fall. My partner also worked with Eli, and he’ll be joining me at Harvard in the fall. I am really happy with the results in what was a very difficult application cycle, and I couldn’t have done it without Eli.
4 Ivy applicants admitted to HBS in R1!
6 Ivy applicants admitted to Stanford in R1!
2 Ivy applicants admitted to Oxford in R1!
2 more Ivy applicants admitted to Columbia early decision!
4 Ivy applicants admitted to Chicago Booth in R1!
2 more Ivy applicants admitted to Columbia early decision!
One more Ivy applicant admitted to Columbia early decision!