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The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets

By Chioma Isiadinso, M.Ed.

Our co-founder and CEO, Chioma Isiadinso, is a former admissions officer from Harvard Business School and Carnegie Mellon University, and the author of the best-selling MBA admissions book, The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets.

Many b-school applicants believe that they have to have near perfect profiles to gain admission to top business schools. The reality is far from this!

There are many successful MBA applicants who have gaps and obstacles standing between them and their admissions ambitions, whether it’s:

  • Lower than average GMAT or GRE scores,
  • Mediocre grades in college,
  • Work experience that lacks leadership or branding,
  • Gaps in employment
  • And much more…

Yet despite these challenges these applicants have applied and managed to secure admissions into a top MBA program.

What do successful MBA applicants know that you need to know? They have figured out the admissions secrets of leading business schools—secrets uncovered in The Best Business Schools’ Admissions Secrets.

The Best Business Schools Secrets

over 20,000 copies sold

This book lays out how admissions decisions are made.

  • You learn the secret weapon of successful candidates—personal branding
  • How admissions boards evaluate candidates
  • Step by step guide to writing winning essays, choosing the right recommenders, and acing the admissions interview
  • As well as key admissions decisions that candidates make and how to avoid them

A must read before you submit your MBA application

I reluctantly read this book at the urging of a friend and I am glad that I did. This book provides excellent insight to the admission process and covers everything from writing memorable essays, to how to select the right person to write your recommendation letter, to navigating the interview process. I hired Expartus, the author’s admission consulting company, for additional help and was pleased. I highly recommend that this book be read and the tools applied before submitting an MBA admission packet.

Must-Have Book for Bschool Applications!!

I have “The Best Business Schools Admissions Secrets” and successfully used its concepts religiously through the application process last year.

The book’s author Chioma helps one really identify and define one’s ‘brand’ so that there is a consistent thread throughout one’s application. The author helps you craft a great application from stories made up of choices you’ve made, extracurriculars you’ve taken a critical role in, relationships you build, to interesting situations you’ve experienced. She debunks myths and provides insight into the mysterious admissions office and what they are looking for (helping applicants identify strong personal stories of impact vs. stories that are unimpressive). Additionally, Chioma covers all aspects important to the process including resume, interviews, and recommenders which are crucial to supporting your candidacy.

I got into 3 out of 4 of the schools I applied to and will be attending HBS next year. Thus, I highly recommend the book!

One of the best if not the best MBA admissions book

Wow, this book is one of the best business school admissions book I’ve ever read. And I’ve read many including Montauk, Bodine, Cordon, etc.I will put it at the same level as Montauk’s book if not better. The author goes straight to the point and doesn’t bore you with unnecessary info. I love her idea of asking the prospective applicant to think about personal branding during the entire admissions process…I would recommend any Bschool applicant to at least go through the book before making his or her pitch to the admissions boards.


I think everyone who is seriously aspiring to apply to business school should read it. It is really insightful and helps a lot when preparing your application. It is worth every dime!

Essential book

I purchased this book to prepare for the interview and was amazed at how thorough it was! Of course, I wished I had purchased it before I submitted my application! Even though the essays have changed at Harvard, Chioma’s advice is still relevant and excellent. Her experience on the Harvard Business School Admissions Board is invaluable, and really provides great insight into the entire process. The book is intelligent and easy to read, with examples and stories of successes/failures. Definitely a great purchase.

*Follow up* I also called Chioma to ask her a question, and she called me back the same afternoon, from another country! She was extremely knowledgeable and friendly : A+ thanks!

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