Court is a Harvard Business School MBA who, for nearly 20 years, has helped prospective students from the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Europe shape applications that stand out from the crowd. His clients have successfully applied to HBS, Stanford GSB, Kellogg, Columbia, Wharton, and other elite business programs.
Trained as a journalist at the University of Texas at Austin, he understands the secrets of good storytelling. Court has spent much of his professional career working for media companies like CBS, Univision, Telemundo, and Mexico’s TV Azteca. He understands the need for sharp writing and even sharper editing. Because of his work in Spanish-language media, this New York City resident is very comfortable working with students for whom English is a second or third language.
As an adjunct professor at NYU, Columbia, The New School, and his beloved alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, Court develops and delivers curricula for courses like “Diversity in Media & Advertising,” “Urban Communication in New York City,” and “Selling Your Pitch: The Essentials of the Business of Television.”
A contributing writer for Forbes, Court’s work may also be seen in places such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and VICE. He was named a 2021 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow and awarded a 2021 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) City Artist Corp grant.
Court is a member of ASJA, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union (NWU), and NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
Here are just some of Court’s recent success stories:
Accepted to Harvard Business School and Wharton
I remember starting off my application journey doubting my candidacy and being daunted by the process ahead. My dream schools felt completely out of reach. And then, I met Court. I’d spoken with other consultants before and hadn’t felt a strong connection, but immediately felt Court saw me for who I was. He was invested in me from our very first meeting, and his enthusiasm and passion turned what could have been an agonizing process into a very rewarding one.
Court broke down the application process into manageable pieces, from resume editing, story building, and essay writing, all the way to interview preparation (and every step in between). He patiently worked with me to refine, polish, and, when necessary, go back to the drawing board with my materials. The result was confidence at every juncture that I was putting my truest self forward in my written applications and interviews. I received a call from my HBS interviewer post-acceptance in which he told me I had one of the best interviews he’d seen – and that is thanks to the prep I did with Court!
Court has a rare talent for seeing the best in people and inspiring them to express that outwardly. My applications were immeasurably more authentic thanks to his encouragement to dig deeper, be detailed, and be open to vulnerability. And it is precisely that authenticity I credit with receiving acceptances to HBS and Wharton. I never felt like I was working in a purely transactional business relationship because I was working with a mentor and friend who genuinely cared about my success and wellbeing. He believed in me even when I doubted myself – I almost chose not to apply this past round because I was so worried about taking the GMAT! With his support, I persevered and will be attending Harvard Business School in the fall.
Court’s impact continues beyond the time I spent applying and interviewing. The written and verbal communication skills he taught me will be invaluable at business school and beyond. On a personal note, he serves as one of the greatest examples of a true coach, embodying empathy, perceptiveness, and authenticity in spades. I’m very fortunate to have worked with him and would do so again in a heartbeat.
Accepted at Stanford Graduate School of Business
I reached out to Court during the summer before I applied to MBA programs. Early in our first meeting, I knew he was the perfect person to help guide me through the process. He really made an effort to get to know me not only as an MBA candidate, but as a person, and he consistently went above and beyond in helping me with each facet of my applications. His in-depth knowledge of the MBA application process, his level of thoroughness in the several rounds of constructive feedback that he gave me (while still remaining incredibly kind), and his background in storytelling were all immensely helpful as I wrote my applications.
After the applications were submitted, Court continued to go the extra mile during the interview process. He gave me tips on details that I would have overlooked without him, but after hearing them, I felt that my interview skills drastically improved. The mock interview that he conducted gave me the confidence and ability to put my best foot forward during my actual interviews. The coaching he provided for the interviews was invaluable to my success.
Before I met Court, I felt that Stanford GSB was a bit of a long shot for me, but he instilled confidence in me that I had a chance, and ultimately his guidance was instrumental to my acceptance. He not only knows the vital ins-and-out of the MBA admissions process but further stands out because of the distinctive qualities of his professional storytelling background and his kindness through the process. As a person, Court was always incredibly kind, and even though my application process is over I’m glad to say I’ll always consider him a close friend. He is not only a top-tier MBA coach but also an amazing human being.
Court’s coaching was invaluable, and I consider working with him to be one of the best investments that I’ve ever made for myself. Thanks to him, I’m going to attend the school of my dreams. I would unequivocally recommend Court to anyone who is lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with him.
Accepted at Harvard Business School and London Business School
It was an incredible experience working with Court on five MBA applications in 6 weeks. I was accepted to four programs, including Harvard Business School and London Business School. This would not have been possible without Court. Court knew exactly what I needed to hear to overcome my fears of applying as an untraditional applicant with a low GMAT score.
Court guided me through a self-reflection process and connected dots that were not obvious to me in my own life. We were able to package this all together to defy the odds at several top MBA programs. Even with a 5-hour difference, it seemed that he was only a text or email away – always willing to make time for me about the smallest questions or concerns. Court’s honest and straightforward feedback helped streamline the application process by simplifying my career goals and narrowing down which personal stories to share in my essay.
In terms of the mock interview, I was blown away. Court asked me three questions in my mock HBS interview that were asked in the actual interview. HBS is known for its unpredictable interview questions. Court understood their strategy and was able to replicate the experience.
Accepted to Harvard Business School and Wharton (Deferred Admissions)
I reached out to Court two weeks before the first application deadline, so it meant we had a really tight schedule. Despite the quick turnaround, he did not compromise on the quality of the app and helped me build the best application possible.
He was very responsive and flexible throughout the whole time we worked together. I had a lot of material scattered everywhere and Court helped me focus the content. He is a great person to work with and supportive throughout the process and even after everything was submitted. He would regularly check in to offer support.
I ended up being accepted to both schools I applied to (HBS and Wharton)! I highly recommend Court as he is not only a great MBA coach but also a person that genuinely cares for the success of his clients.
Admitted to Harvard Business School and Wharton Lauder
Before meeting Court, I was inclined to work with another consultant that was well-known in my country but with whom I didn’t feel a connection. However, after meeting Court, it became evident that he was exactly the kind of coach that I needed. I realized that he was genuinely interested in getting to know me and my motivations. In order to pursue 6 applications, I needed someone who would not just support me, but guide me and challenge me through the process. Court is that person.
From the very beginning, our interactions were very fruitful. Far before writing essays, Court helped me explore my short and long-term goals. He also helped me see the contributions that I could make to each MBA program, and discover some of my stories that would later prove to be invaluable when writing my essays. He was always very supportive, even during the tough period of studying for the GMAT. Court was always able to jump on a call when my morale was low.
During the essay writing process, Court was key to achieving an impeccable standard in all my essays. He provided detailed feedback on each essay, helping me to write stories with coherent messages, always sharp and straight to the point. What mattered most to me is that Court always respected the essence of my story, something that I appreciated deeply. Court remained available for calls when I needed feedback or was uninspired.
When I was called for interviews, Court gave me excellent tips to prepare myself and provided me with very actionable feedback after our mock interview. I ended up being accepted into four programs, two of which were my top choices.
I believe that working with Court made an incredible difference in my overall process. He was very supportive from the beginning and encouraged me to deliver the best applications possible. If I had to do this process again, I would choose Court in the blink of an eye.
Accepted to Harvard Business School and Wharton
I had spoken with over 20 consultants and even hired (and fired) two others before finding Court. To say that I was picky would be an understatement.
I could immediately tell Court was different. Having been burned before, I started working with him on an hourly basis to test the waters but quickly upgraded to a comprehensive package once I knew we were a fit.
Court gets deeply invested in his work, and that’s exactly what you want in a consultant. His passion and enthusiasm radiated in every call. Court genuinely wanted me to be successful, and he went above and beyond to do it, investing exhaustive time for us to brainstorm, discuss, revise, refine, and perfect. He could see what I was capable of in my writing and wouldn’t stop until he had pulled it out of me.
The ideas and insights Court brought to the table helped me identify my strengths, avoid tempting pitfalls, and find my authentic voice in my writing. The result was powerful essays I was proud of.
As an applicant coming from private equity, I had a hectic schedule and needed someone who was not only flexible and accommodating but could stay on top of me and not let the application process slip. This is where Court excelled. He was also hyper-responsive and could always find time for me, something we get used to with our advisors in PE but rarely find among admissions consultants, speaking for both myself and my colleagues who applied to business school. I was a demanding client, but Court was equally demanding, refusing to let me settle for a less-than-perfect application.
Best of all, I feel like I gained a friend and mentor by the end of our time together. I truly believe Court is among a rare subset of admissions consultants, and the results speak for themselves. His relentless approach, fueled by his passion for my success, allowed me to put together an application that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. I can’t recommend him enough.
Accepted to Wharton Lauder w/Scholarship!
As someone from an overrepresented background with a non-linear career trajectory, I knew it would be crucial to have an admissions consultant who could help me structure a compelling story for a top MBA program. I spoke to several consultants from all over the globe and found that Court had the best action plan to support me through the grueling MBA admissions process.
Court was able to help me bring out various aspects of my work experience, extracurriculars and personal life in creative ways that made me confident about my ability to apply to top MBA schools. He always had availability on his calendar and would go out of the way to schedule a time slot when necessary, despite my being in a very divergent time zone.
Court also played the role of a mentor through the many months we worked on my applications. He always believed in the strength of my candidacy even when I would doubt it and also offered to connect me with his acquaintances in the industry I’m interested in post MBA.
Thanks to Court, I was accepted into Wharton Lauder, my dream program, with a sizeable Lauder fellowship. I highly recommend MBA hopefuls, especially candidates with non-traditional profiles, to work with Court as they begin their MBA journeys.
Accepted to Harvard Business School
After receiving an invitation to interview at HBS, I reached out to MBA Prep School to investigate setting up a mock interview. I was lucky enough to be paired up with Court, and with his help, I went into my interview feeling extremely confident. He gave me broad insights on what HBS admissions officers are looking for in an interview and extremely personalized feedback based on our mock interview. He made me aware of my physical and verbal ticks that could be distracting, and he recapped each of my answers, highlighting which ones could use work and in what way.
Court also went above and beyond when it came to the HBS post-interview reflection, which is due 24 hours after the interview. On the day of my interview, he made himself available to recap the day with me, and he helped me focus on the couple of things that made sense to highlight in the reflection letter.
Court is extremely dedicated and passionate about mentoring aspiring MBA students, and I am fortunate to have worked with him!
Accepted to Wharton w/Scholarship!
Fifteen consultants/companies. That is the number of MBA consultants I interview with. And Court was the last one I talked to among 15, and the best. Finding a good consultant is like “dating”; sometimes, it’s all about feeling. I still remember the day I first met with Court. One year ago. Time flies. That day, I was tired due to the entire week’s work. But I immediately woke up because Court was full of energy and already had some questions specific to me and an initial plan.
Even before I paid the money, Court answered all questions and emails quickly and helped me to find connections with his previous candidates with similar backgrounds to learn more about what Court could help with. Court is a premium-level consultant, which means if you are looking at this testimonial now and Court already says he wants to work with you, you are amazing. Now the next step is showing your personality and unique story to those gatekeepers (admission team) of M7 and S16 schools. Court works in the Media industry; Court is an active writer of famous newspaper columns; Court is a professor, especially teaching people how to pitch. Court is an expert in teaching his candidates how to use an essay to touch the readers’ deep hearts and how to let people memorize you in only one or two minutes.
M7, S16 schools are totally different. If you have watched Harry Potter before, I am sure there is an invisible Sorting Hat of MBA Admissions telling you are Gryffindor or Hufflepuff. Court will help you find your unique point of difference, link with the school’s unique culture, and specify your career goals and contributions to the school community. Court is a strategist, or let’s say, a “wizardkind.” If you decide to work with Court, please make every decision with him and trust him.
Trust me, sometimes during your application year, you will feel worried or even despair. At least, I was. And Court became a therapist. He never ever loses his trust and faith in me. And the truth is he was right, always right. When I need someone to give me advice or support, Court is always there, never leaving. Court brings out the best in me, and always takes my essay or other application materials to the next level. As a data scientist, when I build a prediction model, from 0% to 90% is easy. But every single improvement from 90% to 99.99% is much more difficult. Court and I persisted together, to make my application to the 99.99%. Can you believe how many times we worked on a one-minute pitch and tried different versions of intros to make the pitch full of memory points?
I am grateful that now I have a friend despite the difference in age, a mentor with tons of life experience and significant accomplishments, and a person who shares the same values, with whom I can always talk to. I may still get into a good school without Court’s help, but with Court, I am becoming a better person knowing I have the potentials and abilities to contribute to the community.
Accepted to Wharton
I met Court through a friend who was accepted at HBS with Court’s help, and I was lucky to have him throughout my application process as well. I was accepted by Wharton, a dream school since childhood.
Coming from an extremely overrepresented professional and demographic background, and with a GMAT lower than the average, the odds were against me. I had a mountain to move. Through multiple sessions with Court, it was almost as if I embarked on a deep self-reflective journey, carefully examining each step I took in the past, peeling away commonalities and finally deriving meaning as well as significance from my own uniqueness. It was a process where I needed Court’s coaching and input to allow me to stop and ponder, revealing facts that I didn’t know mattered or ones that otherwise I would have proactively omitted. This is Court’s strength and I believe what makes him stand out compared to others.
This self-discovery process not only helped me to achieve the goal that I set out to accomplish—acceptance to Wharton—but also truly helped me understand myself better in the long run. It was an honor to have worked with Court and without a doubt, I would do it again.
Accepted to Harvard Business School
I cannot say enough positive about Court. I spoke with a number of MBA admissions coaches, but the second I spoke with Court I knew he was the right fit. His philosophy is all about authenticity and ensuring what YOU, as the candidate, are deeply passionate about comes across in your application. That means going beyond a laundry list of accomplishments & awards, or writing about how you’re the greatest leader since Napoleon. Court helps you dig deep – get beyond the facade of your profile and communicate what drives your passions.
I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have been as successful of an MBA candidate without Court. He took the time and effort to connect with me on a fundamental level and leverage that understanding to guide a successful application. It’s clear that he not only cares deeply about what he does but also deeply about you as an individual.
The MBA admissions process can be daunting. It’s easy to feel self-conscious or inadequate when putting together your essays, especially when so much reflection is involved. Court helped me see myself through someone else’s eyes, and feel genuinely proud about my past experience.
I do not hesitate to recommend Court unequivocally to anyone looking for an MBA Admissions coach.
Accepted to Columbia
I worked with Court on my application to Columbia. Upon first meeting, Court and I instantly connected as we have similar career backgrounds. He took the time to understand my goals and desires with my application.
I was a re-applicant to Columbia and working on a quick turnaround. Court worked to manage my timeline and put my best self forward. I worked with Court on an hourly package and he went above and beyond to guide me, always available to answer questions, and used my hours efficiently.
Court is an amazing MBA coach and is very kind and supportive. He invests in you and wants you to have the best outcome. Throughout the whole process, he was encouraging and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. I was accepted into Columbia which was my dream school. I recommend him to everyone.
Accepted to Harvard Business School
Starting my MBA application process, I was a little uncertain as to whether or not I even needed a coach/consultant. However, after meeting Court it immediately became clear that he would not only add value to my application but make the whole process actually enjoyable.
During our initial sessions, Court took the time to listen to my story and really get to know me. While I felt my story was unremarkable, Court quickly dispelled that notion and showed me how my story was indeed unique. He helped me develop the narrative and make it sound compelling and interesting while still being authentic. Through the editing process, we polished the essay to make it perfect. At each step along the way, Court was there to support me not only tactically, but also emotionally. Given HBS’ totally open-ended prompt, I felt reassured that we had chosen the right path.
When it came to the interview, Court went from jovial coach and mentor to serious interview prep. He helped me with feedback but not only improve my content, but also the delivery. This made me feel comfortable when the real interview happened. Court even helped brainstorm the post-interview reflection.
Through our five months of working together, I can say Court not only played the role of trusted advisor but a mentor, and through this experience, we’ve become friends. I highly recommend working with Court if you have the opportunity.
Accepted to Cornell EMBA w/scholarship
I sought MBA consulting to help me to navigate the admissions process and refine my application. When it was time to put pen to paper, I lacked the confidence to effectively communicate my accomplishments. Working with Court was the turning point of my EMBA application process. He is truly gifted at his craft and helped me find my voice in my application. By the time my interview came around, I was confident knowing that I had absolutely put my best foot forward in every detail of my application – thank you to Court.
As for his working style, Court is extremely accommodating and genuinely wants to see you win. Because I had a fast-approaching deadline, Court met with me evenings and weekends to ensure I was prepared to submit my materials on time. Court was judicious of our time together, and I left every session with a sense of ease. He is very personable, kind and makes a great effort to understand his client and their story. Beyond the application, Court helped me critically think about my “why” in our work together which made me even more grateful to have found him when I did.
Needless to say, working with Court was worth the investment. I highly recommend taking any opportunity to work with him!
Accepted at Wharton, Kellogg, and UC Berkeley
Finding an admissions consultant can be challenging, especially in Latin America. By the time I met Court, I had already spoken with several coaches and was inclining towards those with the highest “reputation”. Court is the last consultant I met. It was a surprise to see how attentive he was, and how eager he seemed to support me in my application journey. For the first time, I felt like the person on the other side of the screen could connect with who I was and what I aspired to do.
At that point, deciding to work with Court felt like a natural next step. From the beginning, Court supported me with discipline and order. We met regularly to deepen into my stories and my goals. Court has an impressive capacity to see you for who you are, but at the same time propose ways to improve the way that you tell your stories and present yourself. I especially appreciated Court’s constant feedbacks, always spot-on and valuable.
During the essays editing process, Court is the best partner you can imagine. He will never delve into commenting specifics if he’s not comfortable with the overall arch – which to me proved invaluable. Court understands the importance of building coherent, specific, and powerful essays, and will go through every step necessary until the materials are outstanding. For the interviews, Court assigns the same level of dedication – delving fully into the role and giving specific and actionable feedback.
Through the journey, Court showed me how unique my stories are, and always made me feel like I deserved to be in these programs. Having this reassurance, as well as some friendly push to think outside the box about my goals, were also key factors for my successful applications. I can’t imagine doing having gone through this process with anyone else and would recommend anyone to meet Court to see for themselves the amazing professional and person that he is.
Accepted to Columnbia
Court is an excellent mentor. I’m based in Chile and was inclined to book a local MBA coach but after doing more research and having an introduction call with Court, I felt that given his expertise with international folks combined with his deep understanding of the complex application process, I should hire Court.
A few months later, after many ups and downs and Court’s immense support, I got accepted at Columbia Business School and I’m very happy about the decision I made.
Court has an incredible story telling talent, he helped me highlight my key experiences, skills, and personality traits. He motivated and supported me during the good and the difficult times in the process.
Accepted to UCLA Anderson School of Management (FEMBA)
“You are a unicorn, and many top business schools would love to have you as their student.”
Court believed in my credentials more than I did and said the above sentence numerous times during my application journey. He spent almost an hour during our first conversation understanding my background, profile, and life story. He had a similar journey to mine-transitioning from journalism to the business world through an MBA. That was an added advantage, and I decided to seek his guidance.
His valuable suggestions helped me shape my application efficiently and taught me various things related to my post-MBA career. I am highly confident that his bits of advice during the conversations and video calls will be helpful even after a decade from now. Court’s patience, dedication towards his work, simplicity, and empathy make him different from other best MBA coaches in the market.
He felt happier than me when I got the UCLA Anderson School of Management offer. UCLA Anderson was my top choice since day one. This speaks volumes about the connection he establishes with the aspiring students. If I had to summarize everything into four words, I would say, “Court is the best.”
Accepted to Wharton
When I started working with Court, I was under a very tight time frame to get all my applications ready before Round 2 deadlines. It was overwhelming, and Court set me up for success right away by creating a schedule to get everything done in time.
As a non-traditional applicant with a low GMAT score, Court really helped me identify the most compelling aspects of my story — both personally and professionally. He gave me candid feedback and truly never gave up on me. Throughout the entire process, Court was always a text or call away.
I was thrilled to be admitted to my number one choice, Wharton. Thank you, Court for all of your advice along the way! It was invaluable.
Accepted to MIT Sloan
The only school I wanted to apply to was MIT, known for its scientific rigor and applied learning approach within an innovation ecosystem. At the time of my decision to do so, I had conviction about the school but tons of uncertainties about how to successfully navigate the arduous process of an application. After talking with Chris from MBA Prep School, he mentioned Court as a potential coach fitting my needs. It took me a 15-min call to know already that Court would be an amazing coach, well suited to my expectations.
Court is like a human GPS, who will assist you through all the navigation steps of the application. He will push you to discover yourself, to be authentic, to know who you are and what you want to accomplish through an MBA.
Court went above and beyond in every step of the process. I said Court is a human GPS because he knows all the roads you need to take, where the bumps are, and … many of the bumps are in yourself. With his help, you will discover them, and you will feel more confident and competent for the task.
Court was very professional and emphatic, and neither left anything unplanned nor cut corners in terms of his support to my successful application. He was initially my coach. I consider him a life-long friend and a mentor.
Accepted at Columbia (my top choice)
It did not take me long to know how perfectly Court and I would work together. It honestly felt that no one else would help me walk (and when necessary run!) this journey that sometimes can feel lonely and scary. Court made sure it never felt that way as he right away established a partnership that was built with transparency, creative collaboration, and kindness (and I daresay friendship).
I was clear with Court about my desire to go to Columbia and he did not once falter on focusing on my goal while working efficiently on an hour-by-hour basis. I never felt we wasted a second of those precious hours, on the contrary, as we got used to each other we became even more efficient. Court will learn extremely fast how to work with you, how to embrace any cultural difference (e.g. being Latinx), he will listen to you and remember every little detail to get unbelievable results.
Lastly on the work itself…believe me I can’t properly articulate how inspiring it can be. Court will make it seem easy: he will surprise you with such creativity and such knowledge of yourself that you will be excited to write those essays and make you doubt if he has not known you all your life. Court will ask you such simple questions or will push you to drive some specific thoughts (like describing a scene of a movie) that will lead to perhaps your best work ever and help you discover strengths you had no idea of possessing.
Thanks to MBA Prep School and my partnership with Court I have not only gotten into my dream school but I have also gained confidence that the path I have outlined for myself might in fact be possible.
P.S. You will also get a friend for life with amazing taste in movies!
Accepted at Chicago Booth, Yale SOM, Dartmouth Tuck, and Georgetown McDonough
Court was a fantastic coach to work with for my MBA application process. Coming from a non-traditional background for MBAs, I had a lot to learn about the process. Court’s background in journalism really set him up to assist me in preparing my MBA application narrative.
Court’s comments on my essays and resume were consistently constructive, incisive, and supportive. Because I had limited experience in drafting essays, he helped me through the entire process, from brainstorming topics and developing my story to polishing my essays prior to submission. He further worked with me on my mock interviews, providing specific feedback which really improved my performance.
I can’t recommend working with Court more – he’s a great coach and I consistently enjoyed our meetings, which were always productive and focused.
Accepted to Kellogg in Round 3!
I worked with Court on four MBA applications in 2 months. I was accepted to Northwestern Kellogg. At the beginning of the process I had no idea of what I was doing and felt overwhelmed by the complexity of the process. Court made the journey not simple, but clear, and possible.
I would stress several key strengths of Court’s coaching style:
1) He believes in you, and that is something that will be very important, because sometimes even you will doubt on your chances
2) He has instincts in sensing whether your storytelling is impactful or not, will help you find key details that clarify your uniqueness, and will teach you how to best express them in both essays and interviews. Court will curate your application as a piece of art.
3) He has great communication, is transparent – yet respectful – in telling what he thinks, and won’t add any layer of complexity in a process which is already challenging in itself.
The teachings I received from Court are precious, and will remain part of me for my entire career.
Accepted at Columbia
I applied to a master’s program in a field in which I have a lot of passion but no prior experience. Given the latter, one of the main challenges I had was writing down in a few sentences why I wanted to change my career direction. I couldn’t have done this without Court; by telling him my life story and where I come from, he helped me find the perfect narrative. I was amazed by how fast he got to know me after a brief conversation. This is probably due to his empathic and perceptive approach.
As an international applicant, another big challenge was understanding what American universities look for in potential students and highlighting those features in the essay. If it hadn’t been for Court and his expertise in top-notch universities, I would have never gotten a grasp on it. I am amazed at the number of things that he taught me in such a short time.
Every session with Court was worth it. I was impressed by his knowledge and his ability to turn what I thought was an ordinary fact into an engaging story. His professionalism and strong work ethic guarantee you will be getting honest and constructive feedback that will only enhance your application.
Although our sessions were in English, we would sometimes switch to Spanish. This was really cool because our ideas would always come across, and the message would always be clear. As a native Spanish speaker, I must say his command of the language is beyond outstanding.
Court has an amazing energy that transcends the screen and makes you feel very comfortable and understood. I want to emphasize that he was always available to answer my questions by email, text message, or even a phone call. He remained engaged in my graduate journey even after submitting my application.
Having had the chance to work with Court was, without a doubt, one of the best things about my application process. He encouraged me to be authentic and to feel more confident about myself. He’s a great professional, but most importantly, he’s a wonderful person. Thank you, Court, for your guidance, support, and friendship; I celebrate with you my admission to Columbia University!
Accepted at Dartmouth (Tuck) and Georgetown (McDonough)
Working with Court was a wonderful experience. Court helped me to pull out key and authentic details about myself and my goals in order to craft a compelling application. In working with Court, I was able to draw on nuances about myself as an applicant that I would not have been able to tease out without Court’s help. The constructive approach that Court adopted allowed for collaboration, with Court offering wisdom and expertise, but also treating my own insights with respect. Court helped me identify my strengths, and most importantly, helped me to articulate them in a meaningful and authentic manner.
Court helped me structure my first essay to meet the specific question posted in my first application, and helped me through high-level strategy in approaching various other essays as our time was dwindling, allowing me to repurpose my essay to suit a number of similar topics.
Court was available and responsive always – whether weekend or weekday, Court always turned around edits or suggestions in a timely manner, and was always willing to jump on the phone to chat through any quick questions or thoughts about strategy and application approach. Court went above and beyond in his commitment to helping me accomplish my goals, maintaining a dialogue with me, and an investment in my application process, even after our hours had expired, which speaks volumes to his character.
Accepted at NYU Stern, LSE, and HEC Paris
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Court, whose assistance was invaluable in the process of applying to and being accepted by one of the best EMBA programs in the world. In addition to MBA Prep School’s very well-structured process, Court contributed a level of personalization and attention to detail that exceeded my expectations. His guidance in developing my narrative and sharpening it into a very well-polished set of essays was undoubtedly key to my success. Additionally, he is extremely professional and takes a genuine interest in building a personal connection. I recommend him without reservation and am extremely glad that we had the opportunity to work together.
Accepted at Columbia (top-ranked and my top-choice)
Court is an extraordinary human being and an absolutely awesome advisor! We worked closely together on four business school applications. Given his journalism training and experience as an essayist and contributor for major publications, Court was seamlessly able to distill and reposition the most salient elements of my applications. Moreover, Court’s extensive media background and global outlook make him a uniquely gifted storyteller, very much attuned to what business school admission officers are looking to validate in a candidate’s application materials. His feedback on my essays helped convey a clear and authentic message of my journey and long-term vision for myself.
I learned immensely from his strategic perspective, innate narrative skills, clear focus, and his MBA and overall life experience. I often recall our collaboration with a deep sense of serenity and gratitude for all the possibilities it sparked in my life. The application process requires more than rigor, resiliency, and innovative thinking. A network of support contributes to a successful application, and you want Court to be on your team.
Accepted to Georgetown Full-Time, UC Berkeley Haas EWMBA, USC Marshall Part-Time, UC Davis Part-Time
Going into the application process, I knew that I needed a coach to be both a fantastic storyteller and a staunch coach for my candidacy. Court was everything I hoped for and more. His honest feedback, sharp writing skills, and insights in admissions are a potent combination that makes him an invaluable ally to any business school applicant. Dare I say, working with Court makes the application process as enjoyable as possible.
He is professional, always timely, and most of all, passionate about advocating for his clients. Court has a special ability to identify the unique strengths within a profile and portray those qualities through writing. I can directly attribute my business school admissions success to Court’s hard work and talent. It is thanks to him that I can proudly say I will be attending b-school in the Fall!
Thank you very much for introducing me to Court. It has been an absolute pleasure working with him!
Accepted at Darden School of Business
If there is a feeling of inclusion, MBA Prep School certainly made me feel at home from end to end. When I first contacted MBA Prep, Mariah, a former institution’s employee, read me like she had known me for years. Coming from Latin America and working in a nontraditional role before applying, I had to overcome a not very high GMAT score before being admitted. Additionally, I needed to recover my confidence after being dinged last year by another top 10 US Business after landing in an interview.
After learning all that, MBA Prep School, after our 15-minute conversation, knew that Court would be the best fit. His background helping Latinos, charisma, and sympathy towards people allowed me to connect instantly with him. The level of introspection that Court mentored me to do was incredible. He guided me to think of all instances and situations in my life to point out strengths and characteristics I didn’t know would be useful to tell in an MBA application. After having done all the brainstorming of strengths of my life, I counted on Court’s background in the media sector to show efficiently how to use the power of storytelling to demonstrate my brilliance.
Court’s willingness to make me succeed built a bridge of trust that was made for life. I recall a week that I was overwhelmed. I couldn’t move my writings. 11:30 PM Court was there to help me think out of the box. Additionally, he prepared me for my interviews like no other. I have never been pushed to my extremes like that. Though a hard moment, his truths and pushes started a fire in me to do my best. I deeply believe that a true professional/friend is the person who shows how one can turn weaknesses into strengths. Court did that, and I am thankful that he didn’t measure efforts, time, and energy to make me succeed.
Today, thanks to MBA Prep School, I know I made a friend for life who guided me through the rigorous MBA process in the US and allowed me to get an offer from a Top US Business School.
Court, thank you!
Accepted to Georgetown
I wanted to be extra thorough in my search for an MBA consultant, so when MBA Prep School first matched me with Court, I requested a few references with whom I could speak. Within a day, Court provided me with the contact information of three previous clients who all agreed. I really appreciated that Court provided me with these references so that I could feel extra confident in my choice. Upon learning about each client’s exceptional experiences with Court, I knew that I was making the right decision.
Hiring Court to guide me through the MBA admissions processes, in the middle of a global pandemic, was one of my best investments. His warmth and positive attitude made me feel welcome, confident, and less intimidated by the MBA application process. He emphasized that the process, while daunting, should ultimately be a fun and rewarding journey that in turn enables personal growth.
While the process is an intense commitment (both time-wise and emotionally), I felt like Court was by my side the entire time. He is a gifted storyteller who was instrumental in helping me craft my story in an honest and concise fashion; he had a way of offering advice without it feeling like I had to implement his suggestion. In fact, he knew that the first essay I drafted should be thrown out, as it felt inauthentic (which I also knew, in my heart of hearts). Thanks to his keen insights, thoughtful guidance, and sharp focus, I was able to complete multiple unique MBA applications in the course of 2.5 months.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet and work with Court, and I truly believe that I wouldn’t have been able to be my true, authentic self throughout this process if it wasn’t for him. I consider my time spent with Court as a period of personal growth that ultimately will be an aid in my success at Business School. Thank you, Court!
Accepted to Boston University and NYU Stern EMBA
Being a naturally introverted woman, and a working mom of two teens in Dubai, I was very doubtful that my dream of being admitted to a reputable business school in the US could ever be realized. I felt vulnerable and so unlike a typical MBA candidate.
That was before I met Court. I had met with a couple of other MBA coaches before him and never felt the same connection. It was his kindness that struck me immediately. He is brilliant, ethical, methodical and trustworthy. He had a genuine interest in helping me be all I could be and it shone through in every interaction. His approach was tailored to me, he never tried to cast me in a particular mold.
His way of building up my candidacy, centered on my life, aspirations, and achievements, all the while reassuring me of my strengths, immediately allayed a lot of my fears and made me more confident about my prospects. He broke down the daunting application process into much smaller and manageable milestones and planned for each and every one of them with me, which made the process as easy as possible. He was my guiding light and a watchful eye.
Despite the nine hours time difference between us, he was always available and always prompt in his feedback, making the time difference work to our advantage. I will always remember how he would refer to the deadlines as “our next deadline…” as a real partner in the process.
I naturally enjoy writing but it was his critique that made it a lot more fun for me. He helped in refining the content until it was crisp and impactful and a real reflection of my journey. In interview preparation, he was like a mirror of truth, giving me meticulous feedback covering a range of aspects, helping me feel much better prepared and confident.
I have learned a lot from Court, even beyond the application process. I am glad to have gotten to know him as a friend and a wonderful human being.
Accepted to UCLA Anderson and USC Marshall
Life-Changing MBA Consultant!
Working with Court Stroud and MBA Prep was a phenomenal experience. I started working with Court in the extended Round 4 of May 2020 for Fall 2020 admission. It was quite a feat! I signed with MBA Prep on May 4th and made my target deadline of June 1st for all three schools I applied to. Court was up for the challenge, and together, we completed all deliverables in a little under a month. I got into my first choice B-School (UCLA Anderson), and my backup (USC Marshall).
I spoke with several top consulting firms before deciding to work with Court. They all sounded terrific, and it was a difficult decision. Court, however, was the only consultant I spoke with who seemed to really “get” me. I am a career explorer with a background as a creative in the entertainment industry and entrepreneurship. Court matched up perfectly with me with his career background in media consulting and network television. With the other consultants, I had a sinking feeling they were going to have a hard time understanding my career background, which was necessary to help me add some quantifiable metrics to my non-traditional MBA background.
The other element that sold me was Court’s willingness to advise on potential career pivots. Many other consultants I spoke with expressed that career advice was not part of their package. I knew that would be a sticking point for me because such a critical part of the MBA application is clearly expressing what your short and long-term career goals are post-graduation. I think answering those questions for a career explorer or pivoter can be daunting if you don’t have someone on your side who is willing to delve into that research with you or at least help point you in the right direction.
During a follow-up call with the co-founder of MBA Prep, Chris Aitken, Chris advised that although they would love to have me as a client, I should go with my gut in choosing a consultant. That sealed the deal for me. My gut had been screaming, “go with Court!” from the beginning. On our first call, Court was kind, charitable with his time, and genuinely interested in getting to know me as a person. He’s an excellent listener, and after we ended the call, I truly felt like he would personally invest himself in my success.
After we started working together, Court became my cheerleader. He made the formidable task of meeting a 1-month deadline for three school applications manageable. He always responded to my drafts within 48 hours, if not less, during weeks with tight deadlines. He encouraged me to reach out via text or phone any time I felt stuck, needed help, or encouragement. Court’s editing and writing abilities are outstanding. He is a contributing writer at Forbes and has been featured in Vice, HuffPost, the Washington Post, amongst many others. I loved that I did not ever feel like he was judging my writing. As soon as the process of essay writing started, we got into a great groove of drafts, editing, and re-writes that felt seamless. Also, talking to Court was always just a real joy. I never felt like I was “on the clock.” He was more than generous with his time. I always felt comfortable expressing any fears and concerns in a safe and supportive environment.
In going with my gut, Court stood out as the best choice for me, and I could not be happier with my results. I feel so lucky to have found him and MBA prep. Thank you again, Court and MBA Prep. It was a life-changing decision. I now consider Court a friend and someone I can reach out to anytime for advice on this journey moving forward. As Court would tell me, “Just take the step forward, and the road will meet you.”
Accepted at USC and UCLA with Scholarships!
It was a privilege to work with Court on multiple applications to top-20 MBA programs. Before reaching out to MBA Prep School, I was overwhelmed and intimidated by the application process. After just one call with Court, I felt reassured and confident that he would help me create an application that genuinely reflected my story and highlighted my accomplishments.
Court gracefully provided clear and honest feedback, pushing me to share experiences, passions, and future goals that would help me stand out from other applicants. Whenever I emailed with a question or concern, he provided a prompt and thoughtful response. He is not only rigorous but empathetic: Court seemed to know when I needed a cheerleader instinctively. The value of Court’s guidance cannot be overstated; the caliber of the applications that I submitted would not have been possible without him.
Court provided me with invaluable support during the interview process, as well. From the way he conducted our mock interview to the feedback he gave me afterward, Court set me up for success. His guidance allowed me to feel calm and prepared when I stepped into each of my interviews. I know I will use many of the takeaways I learned from him as I move forward in my career.
I am truly grateful to have worked with Court. His expertise, genuine interest in helping others succeed, and reassuring guidance were instrumental to my success in the MBA application process. Thank you, Court!
Accepted at Carnegie Mellon (top choice)
Court is a remarkably gifted writer, advisor, storyteller, and person. I had the opportunity to work through multiple applications to the top 20 MBA programs with him. Court helped me clarify my own career aspirations and craft an application that was differentiated, authentic, and ultimately successful in landing a spot at a top MBA program. Looking back on this and reflecting on my own career, I consider the time spent with Court invaluable and consider myself fortunate to have him as a mentor, advisor, and friend.
Accepted at Yale
Court’s help was invaluable. Not only does he understand writing from the inside out, but he’s gently honest. It was Court’s honesty that led me to throw out the first essay I worked on completely. Court helped me see that I had to tell a story that revealed my passions, maturity, and hopes for my future. With his help, I did it, and it worked! Thanks, Court!
Accepted at Boston University Quelstrom (with Scholarship!)
In the last 6 months, I had the pleasure of working with Court on my MBA applications.
I would 100% recommend him to anyone who wants to elevate his/her application to the next level. Before I met Court, I didn’t even know how to start the applications. Court guided me in a very structured way during the process. Thanks to him, I never had the feeling of being overwhelmed or being lost in the process.
What makes Court great is that he has extended knowledge of what the admissions want. He knows exactly what to do to make you can stand out. He has the natural ability to listen to you. He picks things up that maybe don’t seem important for you but can be a huge dealbreaker for your application.
Court brings his experiences and knowledge into the process. All of this in a very gentle and humble manner. He will never force or push his opinions on you.
He goes even further than the extra mile. At one moment, I doubted my list of universities. He gave me so many insights into the possibilities in the MBA landscape. He provided me a total picture of business schools, which was for me, living overseas, a huge help.
Court went above and beyond. He was always there to listen (day/night) no matter the time differences. I received feedback very fast during the process. Even after the process, he takes care of you. His follow-ups are very thorough. He gave me a VIP feeling. I never had the feeling of doing the process alone or feeling neglected.
Hiring Court was one of my best investments. I have zero regrets. The only regret is that I did not work with him sooner.