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We just wanted to give you a head’s up that we’ll be increasing our prices September 1.

So what does this mean for you? It means that you’ve got until Monday, August 31, 2015 to lock in a service at the current, low rate. Browse our catalog of services today to get an early start on your applications and to take advantage of our pre-increase rates!

When you sign up for an Accepted service, you’ll receive the following advantages:

• Move forward with your applications. Starting ASAP on your grad school or college applications means less stress, less rushing, and fewer careless mistakes. The early bird gets the worm!

• Work with an eagle-eyed essay critic and mentor. Accepted consultants are experienced wordsmiths with a passion for the art of writing. They won’t write your essays for you, but with their guidance you will present yourself at your best.

• Access years of professional experience. Our admissions consultants have years of  admissions consulting experience that will give you wide-ranging perspective and new insights into the application process – from choosing where to apply to building a strong application strategy to advising you on scholarships and how to pay for school. And your consultant will apply that knowledge and insight to your specific situation.

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How To Become A Corporate Executive

Click here to listen to our conversation with Tom Schick!If you were to ask a senior executive at American Express for his best career advice, what would he answer?

Listen to our interview with Tom Schick, recently retired Executive VP of Communications at American Express, for the keys to corporate success and invaluable advice for young financial services professionals.

2:00 – From untenured NYU professor with an uncertain future to VP at Amex.

5:58 – Demonstrating the company’s commitment to meet the expectations of the 4th constituency: The accomplishment that Tom is most proud of.

15:34 – The skills financial services employers are looking for (and the most common complaint from employers).

20:23 – How to rise to the senior ranks of a corporation.

25:47 – Tom’s 3 tips for a successful corporate career.

30:55 – Recommended reading for young professionals.

32:16 – Back to NYU Stern as a practitioner to share real world knowledge.

34:55 – Final advice: Integrity and success.

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Your Wharton Round 1 Deadline Is Just 5 Weeks Away!

Get accepted to Wharton! Watch the webinar to learn how!Wharton’s R1 deadline is on September 29th– that’s just FIVE short weeks away! Are you ready to wow the Wharton adcom with a stand-out application?

As always, we’re here to help with the professional advice you need to create a not-to-be-overlooked application:

1. Get Accepted to Wharton – This webinar features important advice for Wharton applicants, including four must-know steps for a stellar Wharton application. **Updated for 2015-2016 applicants!**

2. Wharton 2016 MBA Essay Tips – Here you’ll find important advice on how to answer Wharton’s required essay, optional essay, and reapplication essay questions.

3. From Rwandan Advertising to Wharton Entrepreneurship: The Unconventional MBA Path – Check out this fun interview with Mary Patton, a Wharton MBA student, yoga enthusiast, and marketing professional with roots in Alabama, Rwanda, and of course Philadelphia.

4. A Wharton Grad Rids the World of Bank Fees – Get the inside story on life at Wharton by listening to our podcast episode featuring Luvleen Sidhu, Wharton alum and Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at BankMobile. 

5. Healthcare Management at Wharton and at Large – In this podcast interview you’ll meet June Kinney, Associate Director of the Wharton Health Care Management Program, who provides a unique look inside the Wharton School, and discusses the past, present, and future of healthcare management.

You know what you need now to further your Wharton mission? The one-on-one care and attention that only one of Accepted’s MBA Application Packages will get you. Have individualized questions? We have answers. Get in touch.

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3 Long Term Tips For Financing Your MBA Abroad

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Financial planning is really important when you decide to study internationally.

When I turned 15, I went on a school exchange programme. After having experienced a new culture, spoken a different language, tasted other flavours and, most of all, met such diverse friends, I realized a whole new world was opening its doors and I wanted to fully explore it. I am pretty sure I did not know, at that time, what an MBA was, but after talking to many people who had studied abroad, I discovered that such a holistic experience was the right for me, to complement and potentiate my professional background. Throughout my way, I found some obstacles that surrendered to patience and perseverance. Here are a few pieces of advice I can share as a result of my experiences:

Start saving as soon as possible

Once I finished undergrad, I started working part-time in one company, and full-time for another company, simultaneously, in order to make enough money to accomplish my dream of studying abroad. For almost three years I worked hard and managed to secure the funding required for my MBA abroad. But just when I was starting to do my research on schools, the government in my home country devaluated the currency. From one day to the other, the value of my savings was one fourth of what they used to be.

Secure your savings

That particular circumstance made me postpone my MBA for three more years. Meanwhile, I was promoted in my job and was able to keep earning towards my goal. I also did some external consulting projects that contributed to the “cause” of funding my studies. The domestic market in my country was depressed, so I used my savings to acquire assets that could then be used as collateral for a loan, or, eventually, I could sell when the market was starting to show improvements, and that way I could protect my savings from currency fluctuations this time.

Research all options for alternative funding, and have a contingency plan

Additionally, I endlessly looked for scholarships and sent tons of applications, with no luck, unfortunately. Also, I prepared for the GMAT, TOEFL and sent school applications. This process can also become quite onerous financially and in terms of dedication (at this point I was working, studying for the exams, sending scholarship applications, talking to alumni from different schools and the list goes on and on). But the fun was only about to start.

One afternoon in late March, I received my so longed acceptance letter to London Business School, and the school was offering a partial scholarship. I had my savings but still needed more money. Domestic loans were not available, and when I tried to get a loan in the UK, I was required a local co-signor/guarantor given the lack of credit record in the UK. To spice things up a bit more, two weeks before leaving my country to start my MBA, currency devaluated again but this time I was better prepared to take a risk and invest in my international education. Talking to the Financial Aid  counsellors in my school, they suggested a couple of companies that specialize in financing international master students, and that is how I could get the last bit of money I needed to finish paying my MBA.

Financial planning and financial responsibility are really important when you decide to study internationally. Along the way, you may find many obstacles, however, discipline and hard work can take you closer.  This life changing experience is totally worthwhile the effort.

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Duke Fuqua School of BusinessAmelia Martinez is Prodigy Finance‘s Business Development Manager. Prior to coming to London to do her MBA at London Business School, she developed her career working in Argentina for the American Chamber of Commerce, promoting business between Argentina and US.

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What’s The Rush? Round 1 vs Round 2 For MBA Applicants

Navigate the MBA Maze - download your free copy today!Right now, most of my clients are scurrying about trying to complete their round 1 applications.  Many of them will be ready to submit for round 1, but there are a handful of clients I’ve suggested wait until round 2, and we’ve discussed whether or not there is a true advantage to round 1 vs. round 2.  For some schools, like Columbia that use rolling admissions, there is most definitely a distinct advantage, but for the bulk of the schools that use rounds, there is truly no advantage.

As a former Admissions Dean and Director, my job was to project the number of offers I could make given the Dean’s enrollment target and my projected applications. The projections are typically quite accurate and based on several factors including the number of GMAT/GRE reports sent to a given school, the overall number of test takers, the number of inquiries a director observes compared to the number of inquiries year to date. With this information at hand, a director instructs his or her admissions team to invite a percentage of the applicant pool to interview (or in the case of open interviews, advises his or her team to make a percentage of offers).

When the admissions team begins to make offers in round 2, the director uses the same percentage because he or she does not yet know the yield on any of the decision he or she has made round 1.  Round 1 tends to be a smaller pool and more clear cut (very qualified candidates and also weaker candidates that believe that Round 1 gives them an advantage over round 2).  Schools tend to encourage round 1 applications to smooth out the bottlenecks in round 2 because round 2 tends to be 2 to 6 times the size of round 1 and the adcomm is not only reviewing and interviewing applications in round 2, but also trying to yield the round one candidates. Once first round admitted applicants begin to make enrollment deposits (typically in round 3), the director will adjust the percentage of admits for all subsequent rounds and for the waitlist, often looking at the waitlist at the same time he/she is reviewing round 2 or 3.

So, what does all this mean for you? If you aren’t ready for round 1, don’t worry. Your chances of getting in for round 2 should basically be the same for schools that do not roll their admissions. If you are ready to apply in round 1 and the MBA program admits you, you have the advantage of knowing your fate earlier, obtaining financial aid, visas, housing and getting to know your classmate and you can alleviate your safety schools from your list, sit back and relax.

12 Terrific Tips for MBA Applicants - Download your free copy today!

Natalie Grinblatt Epstein By , an accomplished consultant/editor (since 2008) and entrepreneur. Natalie is a former MBA Admissions Dean and Director at Ross, Johnson, and Carey.


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