Early Advising

Starting as early as Grade 8, students can begin to plan for their college applications. Understanding the application requirements and timelines helps put into focus what matters most. Mapping out a plan ahead of time not only minimizes stress but also helps students have greater self-awareness of their unique talents and interests. Magnolia Advisors provides pre-application advising for Grade 8-10 students and their parents. We are available to meet on an hourly basis for profile development, including:

  • Academic interests and course selection
  • Summer programs and internship advice
  • Extracurricular direction
  • Resume creation
  • Target college lists
  • College tour suggestions

Undergraduate Advising

For students in Grade 11 and 12 we focus on admissions strategy, completing the application components, submission and follow-up. Given how in-depth and interrelated all the aspects of the application process are, we typically partner with students on an ‘unlimited’ basis through one of our application packages. The application packages can begin as early as middle of Grade 11 and cover all aspects of the process, including:

  • Profile development and extracurricular review
  • College tour suggestions
  • Demonstrated interest advice
  • Recommendation strategy
  • College selection and application strategy
  • Essay topic brainstorming and detailed editing
  • Resume review and editing
  • Application forms review
  • Interview preparation

MBA Advising

Going back to school for an MBA or other graduate program is a big decision. It requires a large investment of both time and money. The application process may appear straightforward at first glance, but creating a competitive application takes thoughtful introspection, understanding of the programs and good time management. Magnolia Advisors helps applicants articulate their unique ‘story’ of why they want to pursue an MBA. We also make recommendations on which programs to apply to based on qualifications, career goals, curriculum, and culture.

More specifically, Magnolia Advisors helps you develop all of your application components, including resume, application form, short answers and essays. We help you to showcase your professional strengths as well as leadership qualities by spending ample time brainstorming topics for each essay. Once writing work begins, we provide editing feedback until the application is ready for submission. Magnolia Advisors also offers interview preparation and guidance on following up after submitting the applications.

  • Business school and program selection
  • Resume review and editing
  • Recommendation strategy
  • Essay brainstorming and detailed editing
  • Application form review
  • Interview preparation including videotaped mock interview

For those who are thinking about applying to business school in the future Magnolia Advisors offers hourly counseling to help plan ahead.

Our advisees have been accepted to the following institutions:


  • Boston University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Tech
  • MIT
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • NYU / NYU Stern
  • Pomona College
  • Purdue University
  • Santa Clara University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC San Diego
  • UCLA
  • University of Michigan (Honors)
  • University of Virginia
  • Vassar College
  • Wake Forest University
  • Yale University


  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of Toronto


  • Durham University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Bath
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Suffolk
  • University of Surry
  • University of Warwick


  • Haas School of Business (Berkeley)
  • Harvard Business School
  • Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth)
  • Yale School of Management