Santosh (Sam) served on the Student Admissions Committee while he was an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In this role, he conducted admissions interviews and reviewed applications and essays, while working closely with the Chicago Booth Admissions team in rendering their application decisions.
In addition, he has 3 years of experience working as an MBA Admissions Counselor, engaging with over 100 clients from diverse industries and demographic backgrounds. He has helped applicants in every stage of the MBA application process from crafting a school list and career goals, to assistance with interview preparation and wait-list strategy.
Sam particularly enjoys advising his clients on how to chart their short-term and long-term career goals and tell their story in a way that admissions committees can relate to. He is known for his candid feedback and knowledge of admissions processes across many top MBA programs.
Sam brings a wealth of work experience to his work with clients including experience in the derivatives trading, health care, and asset management industries. He is also a CFA Charter Holder. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Below are reflections from just some of Santosh’s recent clients:
Accepted to Harvard Business School
In a time efficient manner, Santosh helped me reflect on my career and personal achievements, and create a coherent, logical admissions “story”. He offered exceptionally clear comments to drafts of essays I completed, and always did so within 24-36 hours of any submission made. I very rarely disagreed with his feedback, which helped with both form and substance of content. Overall, Santosh was highly reliable and made me feel like I put my best foot forward in this process. He also offered feedback in a constructive way that was collaborative and well-intentioned.
Would highly recommend his services to anyone, particularly someone with a similar profile to me (banking and PE background).
Accepted to Columbia Business School
I had a pretty clear vision of where and why I wanted to attend school, however I was crunched for time in devising my own application strategy. So I formed a board of directors which was chaired by Santosh.
The 2 months of work we did around crafting my story in the most appealing and honest way was amazing. Santosh’s biggest positive aspect was his turnaround time. I felt like he was on my case a 100% and that was one of the biggest morale boosters during a rather emotional ride of revisiting life and asking the big ‘WHY’ questions.
Accepted to MIT Sloan
I applied to 3 schools in R2 and wanted help with various aspects of my application — essays, resume, letters of recommendation, short answer questions, and interview practice. In every aspect, Santosh gave me helpful feedback and edits in a timely fashion. I can say with confidence that my applications were significantly stronger because of his feedback and our rounds of editing. It was clear he has a lot of knowledge about how to excel in the admissions process and he was always able to convey his feedback in a direct and honest manner. Given how competitive the admissions process is, I’m really glad that I took advantage of this resource to submit strong applications.
Accepted to Kellogg
Santosh really helped me tighten the essays up. He helped identify the most compelling experiences, put a finer point on some of the arguments I was making, and making sure I included the unspoken, but mandatory elements (familiarity with the program and goals for after graduation, for example).
He also took a look at one of my letters of recommendation and my resume. On the letter of recommendation there was relatively little feedback, which was lucky since it had already been submitted, but it did give me confidence that the letter was effective. On the resume, he provided great feedback on what an MBA resume should look like. I’ve worked in creative fields for a long time, so crafting a more formal, standardized resume wasn’t all that natural to me.
Accepted to Wharton
I worked with two different consultants, one was okay but the one I ended up with was much better (Santosh). Santosh was organized and helped keep me organized during the process. He answered all e-mails within 24 hours, regardless of what day it was send. I would recommend that if you’re going to hire a consultant to guide you through this process that you start as early as possible and utilize them to the fullest. Ultimately you’re going to get out of it as much as you put in, meaning that if you wait until the last minute and expect them to bail you out it’s not going to work. Do your research and hire a good consultant, with good reviews (like Santosh).
Accepted to Chicago Booth
I personally recommend working with Santosh since he is highly committed towards his work and was available almost anytime you would ask. His turn around time was so quick that it was difficult for me to match but in a way it helped me wrapping up all the applications on time. Santosh kept me motivated and suggested me to take one step at a time. We worked very closely in writing and reviewing each essay which kept me motivated to finish applications in piece-meal fashion.
I am full time working mom of a 3.55 year old and it became really challenging for me to proceed with MBA applications along with managing work, family, kid and social life. I have also attempted GMAT and MBA applications in the past 2 years but was never able to succeed because of other responsibilities. Before working with Santosh, it became so difficult for me to write an essay and send it for review to one of my friend and re-work on his reviews because everybody is busy in their own life and no one really cares to respond on time. If you have time, energy and people around you to review your essays then, that’s great you should avail those services. But otherwise, be bold to spend and avail counselling services if you are really serious about MBA.
Accepted to Chicago Booth
Santosh helped me a lot with the essays and the whole application process, which can be very exhaustive, so I definitely recommend consulting! Santosh was extremely supportive and he was available to help me out any time. It was clear to me that he did everything he could so I could get admitted. I am very grateful for all his help because alone I wouldn’t get this far. I have been admitted in the school that I was dreaming of and Santosh is definitely a part of my success!
Accepted to Chicago Booth
Santosh Prasad helped me through the application process and answered all my school specific questions honestly. He was very insightful and knowledgeable. I learnt more about the admission process and life at Booth through the process. As I had a short timeline in completing my application, I was very grateful for the timely and valuable feedback I received from Santosh.
Accepted to Fuqua
I highly recommend working with Santosh Prasad. Santosh helped me improve my resume structure & content, my application essays, and my interview responses. Santosh gave me helpful feedback, specifically pushing me to expand on topics that would answer the questions MBA admissions teams wanted to hear about. Santosh was very responsive and flexible to set up phone calls. Overall, he was a helpful advisor, supporter, and experienced guide.
Accepted to Chicago Booth
I worked with Santosh and he walked me through the entire process. He started by drawing out a fine grained plan (I was largely always behind it) and kept me motivated throughout those couple of months. His responses were very quick through the various stages of the application – all the way up to preparing me for the interviews. Sam really got to know me and my applications — and as a result I think my applications were much stronger
Accepted to Ross
I was paired with Santosh Prasad, who was an incredibly helpful editor and advisor during my mad dash of basically doing an application a day. His line edits were specific and clear. He had been on the admissions committee at the MBA program he attended, so he was able to give me insight on what would be helpful, what would stand out, and what would be looked down on. Moreover, Santosh was really responsive and would go through multiple drafts a day, sometimes sending me last minute edits or answering application questions at 11 PM. The response time and communication was above and beyond what I expected.
I received interviews from 4 of the 5 schools for Santosh helped me prepare. Santosh took time out on a Saturday to help me prepare for an interview on Monday. When I had last minute questions, I was able to turn to Santosh and get speedy, decisive answers.
Accepted to NYU Stern
Santosh was an absolute pleasure to work with! He was very patient with me, prompt with answering my emails, and made me feel very comfortable about the whole process. He also helped me figure out which program would best fit what I was looking for an helped me edit my essays until I was 100% content with them. Additionally, Santosh pushed me to re-take my GMAT exam. Although I really didn’t want to, I took the exam again and got a higher school – this definitely helped my admissions decision.
Accepted to Forte Foundation MBA Launch Program
I was paired with Sam and am so excited to work with him on my application. While it is still early in the application process, Sam helped me with my application for the Forte Foundation MBALaunch Program. Our first “get to know you” phone call was invaluable. I told him about my background and he immediately noted what would be perceived as a weakness or strength and we set out a plan to start working on beefing up my quantitative skills.
I filled out the lengthy introspection exercises and worked with Sam to make sure my answers were clear and concise. He was very responsive, often responding within a few hours of me sending the draft. The exercises helped framed my background and experiences to what I wanted to get out of an MBA program.
When I found out about the Forte Foundation MBALaunch program, I emailed Sam to ask him for his opinion on the program. He immediately responded and noted that it was a great opportunity to network with other female prospective students and that I should sign up for the program. We worked on putting together my essays. We worked on the essays over several weeks and refined each essay. I was admitted to the MBALaunch program! I’m looking forward to working with Sam on the rest of the MBA application!
Accepted to Mays and Foster
My consultant was Santosh Prasad who has an excellent personality, friendly demeanor, and thorough understanding of the application requirements. Through the initial exercises, I developed a strong understanding of what detail to be included in the B-school applications. The meetings with Santosh was set up at times convenient to me. He even accommodated weekends, which was very helpful based on the busy schedule at work.
We, as applicants, need to understand that the ad coms have a limited amount of time to go through each application. Having said that, there must be something in the application that makes it stand out within that limited time. Santosh helped me carve out those unique features in my application. He also guided me on what points to include in my essays, and how to structure them.
Santosh is the consultant you should look for.
Accepted to Chicago Booth, Ross, and Tepper
I worked with Santosh and he was sensitive to all my concerns and responded promptly to all my questions. Definitely worth it for the guidance and knowing you’re not going at it alone!
Accepted to NYU Stern and Ross
I asked for Santosh to be my case consultant. I read many great things about him in others’ review, and my later experience confirmed just how sharp and attentive he was. Santosh also responded to all my messages and calls within the hour even in late December and early January when I am sure he was swamped with requests from multiple clients (I applied for R2).
Accepted to Stanford Business School
Santosh Prasad was always professional and incredibly responsive. The comments on my essays were very insightful.
Accepted to Oxford Said
Santosh worked closely with me to create a solid narrative arc using stories from my early education all the way to recent military achievements to demonstrate how and why I would be an excellent fit for the most prestigious MBA programs.
Accepted to Indiana Kelley and Rochester
My personal consultant, Santosh, was very helpful and always responded quickly. He seemed very interested in me getting in and guiding my decision. He definitely would deserve a 5 star rating.