The Veritas Prep
First Mover Advantage
6 reasons to start your applications early.
MBA applicants often ask, “When is the best time to start working on my applications?” We’ve started working with some applicants a year or more ahead of the deadlines; our most successful clients give themselves at least a few months of proper preparation. Getting admitted to the right school requires more than just a great set of essays and a GMAT score. See the 6 reasons why Veritas Prep First Movers have a clear advantage in MBA admissions.
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1. Utilize your truly comprehensive service.
Unlike the so-called “comprehensive” services you may find elsewhere, your Veritas Prep Comprehensive School Package has no asterisks, fine print or strings attached. We’re with you from start to finish until your applications are perfected. Since we don’t count hours, if you start early, you may gain thousands of dollars worth of free advice in working with your consultant over several months. Even before the schools release their updated essays, your consultant can work with you to significantly improve your applications, such as helping you to:
- Find the ideal programs for your personal and professional goals, even some you may not currently consider;
- Thoroughly research your target schools beyond rankings and school websites;
- Maximize the value of your campus visits, information sessions, and conversations with students and alumni;
- Prepare your recommenders to write stellar letters on your behalf;
- Join special-interest organizations that provide financial aid; and
- Craft your resume to emphasize accomplishments that will resonate with the admissions committee.
2. Apply early for your best chance.
Across the board, MBA admissions officers recommend that you apply in the earliest round you can — as long as you’re submitting your best possible application. Particularly for candidates from overrepresented industries such as finance and consulting, later round applicants can be at a significant disadvantage. For example, if a similar candidate to you has been admitted in an earlier round, admissions officers may decide you don’t offer enough unique differentiators to the class and will instead admit an applicant who can provide greater professional diversity. In addition, some programs such as Columbia, Duke (Fuqua), and Dartmouth (Tuck) offer an Early Action or Early Decision round. First Movers who apply in these rounds show a clear signal that the school is their top choice, and this provides a major admissions advantage.
3. Don’t just explain your weaknesses —
Your Veritas Prep Head Consultant is much more than just an essay editor. Every Head Consultant has firsthand MBA admissions experience at a top-tier business school, so they know what admissions officers are looking for. When you get started early, they can provide a detailed evaluation of every element of your profile and provide concrete ways to improve any weaknesses. This might include tackling a new project with your volunteer organization, taking a calculus course from your local community college, or retaking the GMAT with the proper strategy to raise your score. There are numerous strategies to improve your application profile, but you’ll need time to implement them!
4. Bundle your preparation
and save thousands.
Many applicants spend months preparing for the GMAT, knowing that they will start their business school applications later on. First Movers can take advantage of Veritas Prep’s top-rated GMAT Prep + Admissions Consulting Bundles , saving thousands of dollars up front. You can choose from our most popular bundles below or customize your own.
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5. Avoid late application pitfalls.
In an exclusive Veritas Prep survey, we asked the top 30 MBA admissions officers to name the most common mistakes they see in MBA applications. Their #1 response: careless errors. Admissions officers view your application as a reflection of your commitment, so careless errors can doom your chances for admission. However, let’s face it, most of us love to procrastinate! About 80% of MBA applications are submitted within three days of each deadline, most within 24 hours. Unfortunately, these rushed, last-minute applications are often rife with careless errors — a missing comma here, an incorrect spelling of “they’re” there. By starting the process early, your Veritas Prep Head Consultant can help you craft your Personalized MBA Game Plan™, providing structure to the application process and ensuring there is plenty of time to catch careless mistakes and add the perfect polish before you hit “Submit.”
6. Secure your ideal consultant now.
With the lowest client-to-consultant ratio in the industry, Veritas Prep ensures your consultant is solely focused on your success. However, this also means that many of our consultants can get booked up early. We will ensure you work with a consultant who best fits with your personal and professional background, career goals, target schools, and working style so they can clearly understand your story and know how to best portray it to the admissions committee. As a First Mover, you’ll work with the ideal consultant for your needs so that your applications truly shine.