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Clear Admit is a leading provider of MBA admissions advice and digital content. Founded by Wharton MBA graduates with extensive experience in business school admissions and consulting, Clear Admit has been cited by the Economist, Google and leading industry associations like the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) as a superb resource for business school applicants.



We are committed to providing timely, accurate, insightful information about the world’s leading business schools, how to navigate the competitive application process, trends within graduate management education, and post-MBA career options. Believing in the intrinsic value of the MBA, we seek to equip prospective MBA applicants—our primary audience—with the information they need to gain admission to the school best suited to them.

We also aim to be a comprehensive resource for others interested in graduate management education, including current MBA students and alumni, the MBA admissions community, and prospective employers.



Eliot Ingram
Co-Founder and CEO

Eliot Ingram

Eliot Ingram has spent over 21 years in the field of MBA admissions. In 1994, Eliot helped launch MBA Multi-App, which quickly became the leading software for applying to business schools. In his senior management role, he built strong relationships with admissions officers at the top 50 business schools in the U.S. He also gained exposure to tens of thousands of MBA applicants, which allowed him to develop a strong understanding of the admissions process from both the student and the school perspective.

After graduating with an MBA from Wharton in 1999, Eliot formed a consulting firm advising early-stage technology companies on their marketing and business development strategies. In late 2001, Eliot co-founded Clear Admit with Graham Richmond. For the past fourteen years at Clear Admit, Eliot’s combination of admissions expertise, marketing experience and editing skills has enabled him to help hundreds of applicants gain admission to top MBA programs. In addition, Ingram has helped grow Clear Admit into a leading source of news, advice and resources for MBA applicants.

Ingram holds a BA in Economics & Political Science from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the Wharton School.

I enjoy:

  • Spending quality time with my wife and three kids in and around Philadelphia.
  • Following international news stories in leading newspapers and in the Economist.
  • Skiing in the winter and canoeing in the summer.


Graham Richmond

Graham RichmondGraham Richmond has worked in the MBA admissions space for over 20 years. After beginning his career at MCS Multi-App, an educational software startup selling business school application software products, Graham earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined Wharton’s admissions office, where he evaluated MBA applications and conducted admissions interviews.  In 2002, Graham partnered with Eliot Ingram to launch Clear Admit.  Graham also co-founded the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants in 2006 and served as the organization’s President for several years.

An expert in MBA admissions, Richmond is frequently called upon by leading media such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and The Washington Post to discuss trends in the field. He is also regularly invited to speak to admissions directors from leading MBA programs at the annual conference of the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

Graham holds a BA in Art History from Swarthmore College and an MBA from the Wharton School.

What are you currently reading?

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991. As a music junkie and avid LP record collector, this book is one that friends have recommended for many years. I have finally gotten a chance to give it a read and it’s wonderful! It’s all about the DIY aesthetic that brought on some of the greatest records of my generation.

What are your favorite places to travel?

I love to visit the Alps for off-piste skiing during the winter. If you don’t hear back from me after sending an email, there is a chance I’ve fallen into a glacial crevasse. I also love long weekends in cities with great cultural attractions – the Louisiana Museum outside of Copenhagen was a recent highlight. Traveling to see a baseball game in any professional ballpark is also a favorite pastime.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I wrote and recorded a rock album just before entering business school at Wharton. Highlights of that experience include an interview on NPR about the songs and a live performance at CBGB’s in NYC.


Alexandra Kelly
Director of Content & User Research

Alex KellyAlex first joined Clear Admit in 2004, and developed expertise in MBA admissions while working in publications, recruiting, and marketing roles. In the fall of 2009, she began full-time graduate study in psychology with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods, and worked in consulting for several years after completing her doctoral degree. She rejoined Clear Admit in the spring of 2019, bringing new skills in data management, analysis, and visualization to a familiar space.

Alex holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Haverford College, an M.S.Ed. in Counseling & Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah.

What are you currently reading?

The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg, (so far) a captivating meditation on relationships and loss.

What are your favorite places to travel?

I’m a huge fan of the National Park Service and am on a mission to visit (and hike in) every national park in the U.S. It’s going pretty slowly, though, because I keep revisiting my very favorites (Canyonlands and Zion, both in Utah).

What is a fun fact about you? 

Most weekends you can find me refereeing a local roller derby bout.


Michael Tarantino
Director of Partnerships & Sales

Michael Tarantino joined Clear Admit in 2017 after spending close to ten years in enrollment management at three different institutions, including six years in Graduate Management Education (GME) & three years as a Director of Recruiting & Admissions.  Since transitioning to Clear Admit, Michael has been able to utilize his expertise in the field of admissions, recruiting and higher ed marketing to assist schools and corporations in identifying and attracting talent.  Michael was born and raised on Long Island and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, son & daughter.

Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration & M.B.A. in Marketing, both from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

What are your favorite places to travel?

I always enjoy traveling to big cities because I enjoy architecture and checking out different attractions.  My favorite domestic city (besides NYC) is Chicago and my favorite international city is a tie between Shanghai and Hong Kong.  I am lucky that my years in admissions have brought me to some really interesting places around the globe.

What is a fun fact about you? 

There have been different points in my life where I have dabbled in many different areas of entertainment.  I have spent time recording and producing music, directing and editing videos and was a theatre actor in high school; however my biggest role was as the mascot at my alma mater!  Go Pioneers!


Lauren Wakal

Editor-in-Chief & Sr. Publications Manager 

Lauren ensures the annual update of the content and design of the company’s suite of publications, including Interview Guides and more. She also produces and manages content for the Clear Admit site.

Lauren holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Loyola University (formerly Loyola College) in Baltimore, MD.

Currently reading…

Currently, I’m reading war photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do. 

What are your favorite places to travel?

Belgium will always be a joy to visit. I lived there for a bit and it will always feel like a bit of home.

I consider Ireland a friendly and beautiful place to travel; Munich, Germany, remains my go-to “favorite city” for its melting pot vibe, architecture and easy access to beer gardens. Prost!

What’s a fun fact about you?

I could talk about (and throw) darts for hours. I’ve been playing in Philadelphia since 2010.


Alex Brown

Alex Brown has worked in the MBA admissions space since the early 1990s. After beginning his career as the admissions director at the University of Delaware, he moved on to become senior associate director of admissions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brown served in that role for seven years, during that time he also taught in the professional development program for the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Brown joined Clear Admit after his tenure at Wharton, and has worked as both a consultant, helping applicants develop their best applications, and more recently as a marketing advisor for the company.

Brown has a passion for horses; he galloped horses for top racehorse trainers in the United States for a number of years, and became a vocal opponent of the horse slaughter trade. Brown used the knowledge he developed at Wharton, building the student-2-student community, to develop an online community of horse welfare advocates. Brown has also authored two horse racing related books, Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, and a novel, Missionville.

Brown holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University, and an MBA from the University of Delaware.

What are you currently reading?

All The Light We Cannot See, but this changes on a weekly basis. I love to read!

What are your favorite places to travel?

I am fortunate to have traveled well. Recently I returned from a vacation in Norway, spending 10 days above the Arctic Circle — an absolutely fascinating trip. I love Scandinavia (my favorite MBA recruiting trips were to Copenhagen) and New Zealand, where I hosted Wharton’s first MBA admissions receptions.

Fun fact about me?

Horses. I am passionate about them as a horseman. I also respect their critical role in human history.

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