Benefits of Professional Advice

During a virtual MBA application training session with a major consulting firm a few weeks ago, we met some amazing people set to do great things in their career. Most graduated near the tops of their respective college classes, had created value for a multitude of organizations around the world, scored 750 or above in the GMAT, and were active in making their communities better. So I wasn’t surprised when many of our 1:1 follow-up conversations began with a version of, “So, why do I need you?”

We love that question. Since founding SCG in 2010, our team is aware that our biggest competitor is our clients themselves; they always have the option of managing their own application process for “free”. However, there are many benefits in terms of time, probability of acceptance, and a variety of other opportunities that can be unlocked through investing in professional advice:

Cut through the "noise":

Many of the “self help” books and articles on the internet are full of outdated and in numerous cases, misleading information. For instance, reading what someone else wrote to get into HBS, Booth, Stanford or other top schools won’t really inform how you should approach your essays, since everything else about your application (including when you apply) is different too.

Further, business school rankings won’t really help guide you on whether the school (or even an MBA) is the right fit for you. Or, you may read how one of your recommenders should be an alumni of the school you’re applying to (not true, and not even realistic for many successful applicants). We can help you save dozens of hours chasing the right information, share the latest information, and help guide you on paths that are best for you.


There are numerous ways of financing your MBA beyond loans, and working with a consultant exposes you to programs you may not know existed. From school scholarship programs to negotiating support from your employers to applying for grants from private foundations, we can help prepare application materials and introduce you to past recipients. In fact, we’ve helped clients earn more than $30 milli