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Aiming at a top MBA program, but not sure how to get in?


With up to 10 times as many applicants as places available, how do top MBA programs choose?

Yes, your GMAT score is important. It*’s the best indication an admissions committee has of whether you can handle the level of academic rigor at their program.

But numbers are not enough to catch the attention—and the heart—of an admissions committee. Any absolutely top MBA program has its pick of applicants with superb grades and test scores.

What makes the difference? You need to make it clear to the committee where you strand now, where you want to go, and how the precise training of their MBA program will get you from here to there. You need a plan—and a story.

And that story must show that you have the makings of a leader.

Athena Mentor can help

We provide individualized, genuine guidance for MBA applicants seeking the highest quality academic counseling. We offer “genuine guidance”: personalized support that goes beyond numbers to identify your goals and challenges, suggest activities that will help you explore possible directions, and review MBA programs whose strengths coincide with your own.

To us, you are not just a number.

We help you find your story.

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Dr. Marlena Corcoran

Founder of Athena Mentor

 Hi, I’m Dr. Marlena Corcoran.

For the past 15 years, I’ve helped applicants present themselves with confidence, enthusiasm and success to the most selective universities in the world. During my many years of volunteer service interviewing and organizing interviews for my alma mater, Brown, I experienced first hand that many applicants, especially international students, had little idea how to present themselves effectively. I founded Athena Mentor to help applicants avoid the pitfalls of rushed, inadequate preparation, uncertainty about where to apply and why, and relying on numbers alone to make their case.

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You need help figuring out:

  • when to apply

  • which programs offer what you need

  • who should write your recommendations

  • how to leverage activities outside of work

  • why you are ready to lead

You need a story: a great set of essays that make it clear how a particular MBA program will get you from where you are to where you want to go.