As you review our case studies, you may have the feeling that all of these clients had a better story or more material than you do. Keep in mind that each one of these clients came to us with a significant challenge and they were completely stumped as to how to present themselves. It was through brainstorming and coaching that together we came up with a seamless, workable story that proved successful!

Please note that no client details are ever shared in SBC Scoop or otherwise without complete sign off from client.

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Age of Applicants

An Older Applicant

Full-time, Part-time or EMBA?

A College Senior Applicant

Harvard Business School 2+2 Success

Adding an EMBA to Your Options



Early career with limited leadership experience

Laid off four times in four years

Crafting Credibility For A Family Business Applicant

A NonProfit Success Story

Challenging Resume Remedy

Big 4 Public Accounting Career Goals

Explaining A Layoff

A New Job

Making the Family Business Work for You



An Indian Applicant

Digging For Diversity

An Italian Applicant

Not Applying is a Guaranteed Rejection

From Active Service to MBA Application



The Entrepreneur

The Entrepreneurs Dilemma



Why Was This Applicant Rejected The First Time

Homosexuality In The Application

Getting Your Goals Right

Dyslexia And The MBA Application

When Numbers Aren’t Enough

Neutralizing Negativity

Making the Business Case for Admission

Stress Busting

Balancing Realism and Optimism

Handling an Academic Probation



Leadership And Extracurricular Activities

Leveraging Extracurriculars for Leadership

Planning Ahead for Community Impact


Low Quant

The No Quant Applicant

Building A Quant Profile From Scratch



Lacking a Current Supervisor Recommendation

Supplemental Recommendations

The Third Recommendation

Re-applicant, Re-Recommendation


School Selection

Finding The Right School For You

Selecting The Right Set Of Schools

When An MBA Isn’t The Next Step

Seeking A Second MBA

Accepting a Safety School

Looking Beyond the Top Five

New Job, No recommendation



640 On The GMAT

How One Client Approached A Low GMAT

Handling GMAT Test Anxiety

Success on the Wait List

When Are Great GMAT Scores Not Quite Good Enough?



MBA Application Round 1 or Round 2

Timing Your MBA Plans

Setting an MBA Application Timeline

Waitlist Management

Setting an MBA Timeline

Planning Ahead



Suspended from undergrad for plagiarism

Sub 3.0 GPA

D On The Academic Transcript

Prescription For A Low GPA

Unknown Undergraduate Degrees

Challenging Academic Profile

International GPA

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