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Menlo Coaching The MBA admissions coach who knows business, writing & you.

About Us


David White

Founding Partner

Alice van Harten

Founding Partner

The outcome of your MBA application will affect your entire future, from your earning potential to your network and career path. Graduating from the right school will open doors for you that nothing else can. At Menlo Coaching, we offer a comprehensive, personalized MBA admissions coaching program to a select group of global applicants to top MBA programs. Together we'll make sure you uncover and use every possible advantage you have, maximizing your chances of admission to your target schools. Our proven, structured approach to the application process gives you a timeline that will keep you ahead of the curve, unlimited 1-on-1 coaching, and rigorous professional interview prep. By combining our years of expert coaching experience with the power of early networking and peer-support, you gain unparalleled insight into how the application 'game' really works.

How we help

School Selection

We help you pick schools that fit with your career goals and offer a good chance for you to be admitted.


Writing about yourself can be tough. We’ll help you to craft an overall profile, to create a story line for each essay and to polish the writing.


Our mock interviews simulate the questions and pressure of the real thing. Practice with us now so you can be confident later.


We’ll help you figure out who to approach (and how to approach them). And, if needed, we’ll help them to write effective recommendations.

Resume Coaching

We help you create a resume that is clear, professional, and in line with the profile you want to present to the admissions committee.

Project management

We use the Basecamp project management tool to help you stay on top of tasks and deadlines.

Video interviews

We’ll practice video questions with you over Skype
until you are confident and ready to handle the application’s live video questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is your success rate?

The vast majority of our clients are admitted to one of their target schools. We help applicants to select schools that are in line with their qualifications and don’t hesitate to recommend against particular schools (or even against an MBA). Having said that, we’re also happy to help you apply to a stretch school so long as you understand the odds.

2. Who will I work with?

We’ll help you select the right coach and you will work directly with him or her on your application, while still benefiting from the knowledge and experience of the full team. All of our staff are listed on our site; what you see is what you get.

3. How early should I get started?

As soon as possible! To preserve the quality of our services, we accept only a small number of clients and must turn away the vast majority of applicants. If you’re a year or more from applying and want to maximize your chances by taking steps like raising your GMAT score, networking with schools, and identifying the right recommenders, ask us about our Early Birds program. We’ll help you to maximize these factors, and, subject to successful completion of the program, guarantee you a slot in our R1 client list the following year.

4. I have a weakness in my profile. Can I still be admitted?

Not everyone is qualified for a top MBA program, but we’ve succeeded at Top 10 programs with applicants who had quit their jobs, had low GMAT scores, or even failed out of college, and overcame these by displaying other strengths. Contact us to explain your situation and we can advise you further.

Free Consultation

Take the first step towards admission today.

Control your process with our elite program:

Complete Service

Get the help you need at each stage of the journey: school selection, essays, resume, recommenders, interviews, financial aid, and more.

Focused On You

You have a uniqueness that MBA admissions committees want to see. We help bring that out in the best way possible.

Brutally Honest

You’ll get a straight assessment of your candidacy and career goals. We want the best outcome for YOU – not to sell you a dream.

Rapid Response

In most cases, you’ll have our feedback within a day.

Apply to Work With Us

After consultation, we’ll design a package just for you.
Most clients pay a low five-figure amount.

Menlo Coaching Consulting Success Stories

Admitted to
HBS and Wharton

I worked with Alice throughout my application process including the interview preparation. Since our initial assessment discussion, I realized that Alice was very smart and had the right intuitions: She quickly made sense of my various previous experiences and how they would connect to each other. I am a quant person with limited writing experience myself, and Alice acted as a very helpful sounding board for my essays.

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Admitted to
Cambridge Judge

Alice made sure that I didn’t miss out on any life experiences that would distinguish me from other applicants, and she was also helpful with recommenders, who she interviewed and helped to draft the letters. I quickly received an invitation to interview at Cambridge Judge, and then an offer including a generous bursary! Menlo Coaching also helped me with career coaching.

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Admitted to

I actually worked with Alice the weekend before my GSB interview. My sister had worked with her on her HBS application and recommended I prepare with Alice ahead of my interview on Monday. On a late Friday afternoon, Alice got right to work even though she had not worked with me throughout the application process. She helped me stay focused on being clear, concise, and very specific.

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