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Praise from an HBS applicant

“Purchasing the Clear Admit HBS School Guide was one of best decisions I made in the application process. I visited HBS three times and was certain that I acquired all the necessary information about the school. After reading the guide, it became clear that I was wrong! I have every book and pamphlet known to man that cover the top business schools, but nothing can compare to the Clear Admit guides in offering up-to-date, vital information on every aspect of the school’s academic and social life that is not readily available on the school’s website and brochures. Reading a Clear Admit School Guide gives an applicant the necessary, detailed school information to be competitive in the application process.”


Coverage by The Economist
Educating Applicants

“Admissions consulting firms occupy a controversial niche in business education. Some business schools believe the firms, which offer guidance to prospective students, prevent admissions officers from forming an honest and candid view of applicants. The consultants retort that their main task is to educate their clients on the features of business schools, with the aim of finding the institutions that best suit their clients’ aspirations.

Clear Admit, an admissions consulting firm based in Philadelphia, has taken a step to bolster that claim. The firm has begun offering research reports that provide information on a school’s academic programmes, student demographics, campus life, job placement and admissions, among many other things. Few applicants have time to compile statistics and information in depth on each of the schools they are considering.

Guides for five schools – Chicago, Columbia, Harvard, Tuck and Wharton – are already available, and more are planned. Graham Richmond, Clear Admit’s co-founder, says sales have been brisk and increase substantially as admissions deadlines approach, as candidates look for detailed information to spruce up their applications.”


Praise from Rosemaria Martinelli, Former Associate Dean, Student Recruitment & Admissions, Chicago Graduate School of Business

“Applicants constantly hear that no two schools are alike, however, very little information exists where one can learn about these differences. Clear Admit does an excellent job in helping prospective applicants learn about individual schools through the School Guides, providing great information about specific schools in the context of how they compare to other schools on similar metrics. The Guides are a great tool for applicants who wish to explore the nuances between programs and experiences.”


Comments from David Simpson, Associate Director of MBA Marketing & Admissions at London Business School

“The Clear Admit School Guides are a unique learning resource. By bringing together student opinion, official statistics and original research, the London Business School Guide offers an authentic snapshot of life in our programme. The cross-school analysis presented in the guide is invaluable for candidates who are looking to go beyond rankings and understand the nuances of leading programs.”


Feedback from Bruce DelMonico, Director of Admissions, Yale School of Management

“It’s important for applicants to learn as much as they can about a program before applying so that they can find the program that is the best fit for them and present themselves in the best possible light. The SOM School Guide does a really nice job of digging beneath the surface and pulling together a lot of useful information about the School in a way that can serve as a helpful resource during the pre-application due diligence process.”


Review from Matt Symonds, QS World MBA Tour Co-founder

“Smart MBA applicants are those who have researched the b-schools to find the right program for them. The Clear Admit School Guides provide an objective, thorough and insightful assessment of the different programs. They offer a unique comparative analysis of the top b-schools.

“Successful MBA applicants are those who demonstrate a clear understanding of the fit between themselves and the school, and communicate their strengths with clarity and confidence. The Clear Admit Interview Guides and Strategy Series provide invaluable advice to maximize your chances of admissions success.”


Commendation from an applicant admitted to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and Kellogg

“ClearAdmit’s school guides prepared me for interviews — specifically, they helped me locate very specific questions about each school that I could ask at the end, so that it was obvious that I had done my research.”


Praise from a Top-10 MBA Applicant

“I highly recommend reading the Clear Admit School and Interview Guide. The School Guide is good for brushing up on the program, classes, clubs, school strengths, etc, — whereas the Interview Guide explains their typical interview, with questions other candidates have been asked. I suggest preparing answers in advance to the questions in the guide, that way you won’t be caught off guard by anything your interviewer asks.”


Feedback from a current Columbia student

“The Clear Admit School Guide to CBS looks great!! It is very well written, resourceful, accurate and concise. It tells you all the essentials because the facts are gathered from the admin, students, and staff. It also tells you things you won’t find in any other MBA guide. Plus, it’s really fun to read! Great job!”


Comments from a current HBS student

“Even as a second-year student at HBS, I learned something about the school by reading the Clear Admit guide! I am amazed that the Clear Admit team was able to put together such a comprehensive guide to my program. During the application process, I was successful partially because I learned as much as possible about each program before applying. Learning so much about every school was difficult – it required campus visits, web searches, and contact with current students. While no publication could ever completely replace those experiences, the Clear Admit guide comes awfully close.”


Accolades from a Wharton MBA graduate

“I want to tip my hat to the team at Clear Admit that put these guides together. I’m a recent graduate of Wharton’s MBA program and remain active in the admissions process (serving as an alumni interviewer to evaluate applicants). I can’t tell you how important it is for applicants to show genuine enthusiasm for Wharton and I think the Clear Admit School Guide for Wharton captures many of the important details, as well as the spirit of the school. This sort of information is a must for the serious MBA applicant.”


Praise from a Wharton applicant

“I found your description of the Wharton guide to be spot-on: it does a good job of consolidating and contextualizing all the relevant info about Wharton in one succinct document. The Wharton history section was new info and interesting to me. I also thought that the guide did a better job of covering the specifics of the academic program than Wharton does in its own materials! I liked the geographic and industry job placement comparisons between schools too.”


Comments from a current CBS student

“I learned a few things about Columbia Business School that I hadn’t picked up on yet! A thorough, objective, and accurate synopsis of the school, student composition, coursework, and admissions information. I remember all too well the leg work involved in rounding up school-specific info prior to making my application decisions — I wish these guides were available when I was applying! This should prove to be an invaluable resource. Very impressive!”


Review from a Wharton applicant

“I just finished reading the Clear Admit School Guide to Wharton, and in one word, it is fantastic. I was surprised that I found some new info when I had thought I had the Wharton website covered end-to-end.”


Feedback from an HBS applicant

“Many thanks for the HBS School Guide. It is just awesome! It has all that I need – a veritable one-stop-shop for all my research needs. Thanks again!”