The new standard in MBA admissions consulting

Gatehouse Admissions was founded on a simple truth: getting accepted to Harvard, Stanford, and other top-tier business schools becomes more challenging each year. Candidates need a new level of expertise and commitment from their admissions consultant.

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Unparalleled dedication and expertise

Coaching MBA applicants is our passion and our talent. And our shared experience — spanning years, schools, professions — means more expertise for you to draw on.

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A partnership predicated on deep engagement and mutual commitment

We intentionally keep our client base small. If we select you as a client, your journey becomes intensely personal for us. We will always work as hard for your success as you will.

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Who We Are

Gatehouse Admissions is the brainchild of Liza Weale. Over the years of working with clients, Liza has witnessed the bar to admission at the very top schools continually rise — even for pedigreed individuals from the best private equity, management consulting, venture capital, and tech firms. She built Gatehouse Admissions to support applicants in meeting this challenge. Via strong client partnerships and deep investment at every stage of the application process, all of Gatehouse Admissions’ consultants specialize in helping determined candidates stand out.

Gatehouse Admissions is currently accepting inquiries from prospective clients targeting the 2020–2021 application season.

What We Do

  • A thorough exploration of your experiences, values, and ambitions to identify stories and messages that will shape your application
  • Coaching, editing, and an expert’s perspective on your essays, resume, short answers, and other application components
  • Strategy development for your recommendations, working with both you and your recommenders to ensure effective letters
  • Interview training, including multiple mock interview sessions
  • Access to proprietary tools, rubrics, and processes honed through the years that will make your work more efficient and productive
  • Expertise and support throughout every step of the process, from early planning to deciding among acceptances
 

Getting an MBA is an investment in your career, your future and the cultivation of a business network that will last long after you leave the classroom. We view our premium consulting services as part of that investment.

Having helped hundreds of applicants gain admission to the world’s most competitive business schools, we at Gatehouse Admissions know that nothing about the admissions process is formulaic. Yet the services at many admissions consulting firms are. We focus on taking individuals in whom we see exceptional promise and tailoring the application experience to ensure that their candidacies are as compelling as possible.

A client will typically spend $12,500-$15,000 for our consulting services, depending on which schools are targeted and how many schools in total.

Our Clients

We limit our client roster to a small number of high-caliber candidates, primarily from private equity, management consulting, venture capital, family business, and tech firms, who are targeting the most prestigious business schools. Yet even within these motivated applicant pools, Gatehouse Admissions is not for everyone. The strongest partnerships are those in which each participant contributes equally. We do not care if a client is a weaker writer, tends to be disorganized, struggles to interview effectively, or has never engaged in any real self-reflection. We know very well how to address and overcome these kinds of issues. Instead, we seek clients who are committed to working hard, open to feedback, and willing to learn — about both themselves and how to craft a compelling application.

If you are ready to bring your best effort to your application, we are ready to help.

Inquire About Working with Us

Please use the following form to help us get to know you. If we feel that your profile would be a good match with our service, we will contact you to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation. You can use this time to discuss your MBA application strategy, school choices, readiness, or any other MBA issues or concerns.

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For more information, please contact us at info@gatehouseadmissions.com.

Liza Weale

Liza Weale

Founder

With more than 100 five-star reviews on GMAT Club, Liza is one of the most sought-after admissions consultants in the industry. A former Bain & Company consultant and an MIT Sloan graduate, Liza brings discipline, logic, and curiosity to her coaching, enabling hundreds of success stories at schools such as Harvard, Stanford, UPenn Wharton, Northwestern Kellogg, and MIT Sloan. Her past clients also cite Liza’s relentless commitment and positivity as critical factors in their success.

Liza believes that the best applications — the ones she and her clients are most proud of — are those that result from deep reflection, patience, and iteration. She founded Gatehouse Admissions to give MBA applicants a willing, capable, and eager partner to leverage throughout the application process.

April Stewart

April Stewart

Consultant

A Harvard Business School MBA and former management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, April takes a methodical, hands-on, and client-centric approach to admissions coaching. Her additional experience in strategy and innovation — specifically in retail — has equipped her to identify the critical details, ideas, and words that will bring a client’s application to life and showcase their candidacy as a whole. April particularly enjoys learning what makes each of her clients unique and helping them craft a compelling narrative that highlights the best of who they are. While not afraid to push her clients to dig deep as they advance through the admissions process, she also works to ensure that they believe in themselves and their aspirations throughout the journey.

Before pursuing her MBA from Harvard, April earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Bryn Mawr College, where she was captain of both the varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Teams.

Brett Lewis

Brett Lewis

Consultant

In his MBA admissions coaching, Brett draws on the broad knowledge he has gained from a career spanning strategy consulting at Bain & Company, founding and selling a startup venture, private equity, and business development for Big Tech. Brett — who speaks four languages and has worked in five countries — earned his bachelor of arts from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He also holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute and the London School of Economics.

Brett has a longstanding passion for coaching and writing. While at Wharton, he became inspired to demystify the business school application process for other applicants and conceived of and published 50+ Successful Wharton Business School Essays. He served as Class Marshal and has led on-campus recruitment efforts for his past employers. Brett is motivated by the opportunities business school can provide at pivotal stages in one’s career and enjoys helping clients navigate the challenges of applying to the world’s most prestigious institutions.

Rachel Nelson

Rachel Nelson

Consultant

Rachel has a bachelor of arts in government from Harvard College and an MBA from UPenn Wharton. While building her financial services career in product management, product marketing, and strategy at several Fortune 50 companies, she discovered that she particularly enjoyed mentoring her colleagues. During this time, she became — and still is — a Harvard College alumni interviewer. She also served as an alumni interviewer for Wharton, which gave her firsthand exposure to how increasingly large and competitive the MBA applicant pools were becoming. As a former rower for Harvard’s Radcliffe Crew, Rachel knows that teamwork can be a crucial factor in one’s success. With that in mind, she pivoted away from interviewing MBA aspirants in favor of partnering with them on developing their applications. She loves building relationships with her clients, learning about their goals and motivations, and helping them increase their odds.

Rachel splits her time between Boston and the Cotswolds in England, while coaching applicants all over the world.

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