The lack of knowledge in this industry is astounding.
Anyone can call themselves an ‘admissions consultant.’ Claiming to be ‘experts.’
But few seem to have even the tiniest smidgen of a clue.
Recently we saw an admissions consultant comparing schools. They were talking about Columbia and looking at alternates. They said that Harvard and Stanford are “stretch” schools. OK, first problem: Those schools are not “stretch” schools for everyone. For some people — albeit a relatively small few — HBS/GSB are IDEAL schools. The candidate matches what the school can do. Not a stretch.
But that’s not where we take the most umbrage.*
No. The REAL problem for us was the bottom of this list. That listed UC-Berkeley Haas as a “safety school.”
Do you realize that Haas is the third-hardest school to get into? With admit rates just a hare’s breath better than HBS? Haas admits like 12 or 13% of applicants. And they don’t even get that many apps! The Haas process is uber competitive.
Now, some may say that Haas is not the same CALIBER of school that H/S/W are, and perhaps they’re right. It most definitely does not have the prestige nor the brand recognition nor the worldwide alumni network blah blah blah.
But that does NOT make it a SAFETY SCHOOL.
And this was on a public forum that a gazillion Brave Supplicants read. That so-called “expert” should be ashamed.
MORAL OF THE STORY: If you’re going to use an admissions consultant, PLEASE choose one that has at least half a clue.
*Always loved JK Rowling’s creativity in naming Harry Potter’s nemesis Dolores Umbridge.
And yes, we know it’s “hair’s breadth.”