M B A Exchange, Ltd. is a BBB Accredited Educational Consultant in Highland Park, IL

Why Choose Us?
Here’s why serious applicants choose The MBA Exchange over other firms!

Internal training and development for MBA Exchange consultants

Being the best requires a neverending drive to remain the best, and push, and stay sharp. We invest time and money on training and development for our admissions consultants. (You would be surprised how uncommon this. Spend money on something other than a revenue generator? Yes, because being the best means something to us.)

Ongoing webinars led by former M7 adcom directors, discussion from industry experts, school experts, you name it. We have built an enviable network of immensely talented and experienced professionals. And we have the luxury of tapping this network daily. The result? A team of consultants that gets smarter as a collective, and impacts each and every client.

Cumulative knowledge from 5,000+ previous applicants

During the past three decades of applicant assessments and mentorship, The MBA Exchange has built a huge, dynamic knowledge base of aggregated information on the global applicant pool. Because we’re the only MBA admissions consulting organization that has offered such extensive services over such a long period, the quality and value of our understanding is simply unmatched. The MBA Exchange knows what works and what doesn’t, and we put that knowledge to work for your success. Sorry, new firms. You have a long way to go before you can make this work for you in the same way.

Experience in MBA admissions and real-world business

Our consultants are former MBA admissions officers or MBA graduates of HBS, Stanford GSB, Wharton, CBS, Chicago Booth, Dartmouth Tuck, Northwestern Kellogg, NYU Stern, Cornell Johnson, Duke Fuqua, INSEAD, London Business School and other elite schools. But also, our crew has deep and impressive success in the exact fields you’re hoping to succeed in as well: private equity, consulting, entrepreneurship, CPG, and general world domination. Because our bench is so deep, there are few niches we don’t have real expertise in.

The focus of a single lead consultant and the school-specific knowledge of an entire army

At The MBA Exchange, you get the best of both worlds – the continuity and accountability of a dedicated lead consultant AND the school-specific knowledge of an entire team. We’re not fans of the approach that overindexes alma mater matches per application. This is not a winning strategy.

Based on background, goals, and chemistry, we match potential clients with a single lead consultant who is best positioned to lead that specific client to the winner’s circle. It goes without saying that that consultant has experience and success with the all top schools (there’s no such thing as a consultant worth their salt who is effective only at a small set of schools, but not all of them).

But, here’s where we are able to pull ahead of the pack. At The MBA Exchange, your lead consultant has access to colleagues for key second opinions throughout the service. Most consulting firms are siloed. Not us. Here, you get the intimate boutique feel from 1-on-1 service AND the breadth and depth of an entire company backing it.

Admissions success and client satisfaction that are independently verified

Any consulting firm can claim a high success rate and client satisfaction – and most do. At The MBA Exchange, our performance has been independently verified and reported by a respected Certified Public Accounting firm from the BDO Seidman international alliance (www.BDO.com). They surveyed our clients and gathered written confirmation of results. As the first firm in the admissions consulting industry to provide such proof of performance, The MBA Exchange’s success rate is the one you can believe and trust. 

Daily access and responses in 24 hours or less

We know that you have a full-time job, a family and a social life. So, The MBA Exchange remains accessible seven days a week, including evenings and holidays. Client emails are responded to within 24 hours, typically faster, and often immediately. Phone appointments can be scheduled as needed. Bottom line: The MBA Exchange is here for you.

Strategic audit of your online social-media presence

It’s a fact that business schools use the internet to screen and vet applicants. The MBA Exchange features experienced, online research specialists who examine and evaluate how MBA admissions officers, recommenders, interviewers, alumni, students and other “influencers” would perceive you based on your presence at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other new social media platforms. It’s not just what you post, but also what has been posted by others about you – or about those with similar names – that might hurt your chances for MBA admission.

The MBA Exchange is the first admissions consulting firm to offer this valuable, confidential, personalized service for MBA applicants.

Personalized coaching from a top MBA Career Services expert

Our clients can have a 1-to-1 private consultation on their post-MBA career goal with a former career services professional from a top business school. For those of you who are uncertain of exactly what you want to do after MBA graduation, we can help you understand opportunities, obstacles, employers and industries. We provide smart, actionable insights on first-year summer internships and second-year recruiting. This is an exclusive offering only at The MBA Exchange.

Exclusive prep and simulation for Wharton and Ross team-based discussion

Wharton and Michigan Ross applicants face a “team-based discussion” in addition to the traditional admissions interview. They interact with fellow applicants in discussing real-world business scenarios, which highlights how they approach and analyze specific situations. The MBA Exchange offers an innovative and exclusive service to help Wharton and Ross applicants perform at their best. Our service features password protected, fully-encrypted video conferences for groups of 4 to 6 applicants. These anonymous video sessions are administered by veteran MBA graduates and former admissions professionals with prior experience assessing, advising and/or interviewing Wharton applicants. The service is offered at no additional charge as part of our comprehensive admissions consultation.

Free guidance and support for your spouse, partner or significant other

Aw, isn’t that sweet?

We get that this is a major life move for many that affects not just individuals but often couples. The challenges surrounding MBA admissions, and the b-school experience itself, can be stressful for those around you. At no extra charge, The MBA Exchange provides a one-on-one consultation with your spouse, partner or significant other to help them understand the application/admissions process and enjoy the anticipated MBA experience.