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MBA Admissions Consultant
UCLA Anderson MBA Graduate Class of 2015
MBA Admissions Consultant
UCLA Anderson MBA Graduate Class of 2015
Haldeman Consulting is an admissions consulting firm that helps applicants to top MBA programs produce outstanding applications that will stand out from the crowd. We offer a wide variety of services tailored to your specific needs from our full-service multi-school packages to our single-essay proofreading and feedback.
Our commitment to our clients’ needs goes beyond just admissions, we help them enhance their own storytelling and personal branding which is essential for success in today’s ultra-competitive professional environments.
Sam's experience in UCLA Anderson's Full-Time MBA program (2015) gives him an insider's perspective of the unique culture of top MBA schools. This allows him to identify aspects of his client's work and life experiences that will resonate best with admissions committees, which other counselors without that experience can miss. Sam's own impactful essays led to a $40,000 USD scholarship at UCLA Anderson. He also serves as a scholarship essay evaluator for UCLA undergraduates giving additional perspective of how schools evaluate application essays.
Before business school, Sam had a successful career enabling leading Japanese corporations to communicate more effectively in global business situations using English. He further honed his ability to coach students when he served as a Teaching Assistant for Anderson's Business Communication course in which consulted and graded 1st year MBA students under the trust of the course professor. In addition, as Vice President of Anderson's Public Speaking Club, he collaborated with club members leading startups to polish their pitches for angel investors and venture capital firms. This business communication expertise enables his students to stand out from thousands of applicants with similar profiles.
Many counselors agree to work with too many applicants at a time, which often leaves applicants unable to get quick responses to important issues in the final weeks just before deadlines. Sam favors working with a smaller group of applicants in deeper relationships than with a larger group. He works with a maximum 15 clients to ensure that they have sufficient access even in the busiest periods.
Some counselors choose to work only with very high potential applicants, so their clients' results are not necessarily an indication of the value of their guidance. One way to measure the value of a counselor's performance is to view successful applicants with GMAT scores significantly below the school averages. Sam's clients regularly gain admission to schools with 30 - 100 GMAT points below the average, and in one recent case 140 points below average! See below for more detailed results.
One way to measure the strength of an applicant's essays and counselor's support, is to examine cases where applicants were accepted with GMAT scores significantly below the school's average.
previous year's GMAT average at the time of application
Success A (640)
London Business School (701)
Success B (590)
HEC-Paris (690) OVERCAME a 100-point deficit!!!!
Success C (690)
UC Berkeley (725)
Success D (640)
Carnegie Mellon Tepper (687)
Success E (660)
UNC Kenan-Flagler (702)
Success F (660)
Success G (630)
Texas McCombs (700)
Success H (680)
Dartmouth Tuck (717)
Success I (680)
UCLA Anderson (719)
Success J (640)
Success K (500)
Babson (619) OVERCAME a 119-point deficit!!!!
Success L (700)
Success M (610)
USC IBEAR (630)
Success N (580)
Success O (540)
Nanyang Business School (680) OVERCAME a 140-point deficit!!!!
"No Sam, No LBS for me!
…I have never thought about big things like "what I want to achieve in my life", but after Sam's counseling, I’ve considered how I feel about my life and my path forward. I feel that I have grown as a person and gotten a clearer understanding of how I want to live.
…I got an offer from LBS despite a low GMAT (640), and also got an offer with scholarship from HEC, undoubtedly thanks to Sam. If you have any problems through the applications process or are interested in LBS I will be happy to help you too, as I was helped by the MBA community in my own journey. You can contact me through Sam."
"I chose Sam after talking to almost every counselor known in Japan. ... Because of the Unlimited Time system, I was able to discuss everything with Sam until I was totally satisfied with all my documents including my “Why MBA?” core story, essays, and video essays.
In every session he tries to understand you deeply, which provides impactful advice that only someone who truly knows your stories can do. The Unlimited Time was really beneficial, as some schools required additional essays after getting an interview invitation (MIT, Booth). I think the reason I received interview invitations from all the applicant schools was that I was able to clearly show my core story and my values through Sam’s advice."
"I wrote essays with Sam’s guidance, prepared for interviews, and got an offer from Columbia Business School, my first choice. My test scores and GPA were not high, but with the support of Sam, I was able to complete high-quality essays with an admission perspective in a short period of time and apply in the Early Round, which led to my passing.
I feel that Sam has the following three good points in proceeding with the work.
1. Accurate advice for creating high-impact essays.
2. Quick response time
3. He does not screen students by scores"
"I was originally working with another counselor, but when I started to worry about my essays' effectiveness, I asked Sam for a second opinion.
In his consultation, I immediately saw how to make big improvements to my core story.
Even though it was mid-December, just a few weeks before R2 deadlines, I took the plunge and switched counselors.
This was a fantastic decision! My essay strategy became clear and his quick responses, when I couldn’t organize my thoughts well, were so helpful. Sam's devoted support and brainstorming ideas really stood out. I was able to finish the applications in time with a high quality."
"…and above all, I was able to rely on Sam in an emergency. Since I took the GMAT test just before the 1st round application, I only had lead time of about 5 days including the weekend in preparing the essay and application documents, and when I realized that the draft I had previously made needed to be fundamentally changed I almost gave up my application.
However, I was able to get dedicated support from Sam, made quick decisions on the direction of the core story, divide our tasks, and finish it in almost a day and a half from scratch!"