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Marcus Dahllöf

Marcus Dahllöf


Relevant Academic Credentials

The Wharton School, MBA
University of Pennsylvania, AB, cum laude

MBA Admissions/Coaching Experience

11 years

Coaching Style

Direct, goal oriented, ambitious

Exceptional Skills

  • Helping “nontraditional” applicants (e.g., athletes, entrepreneurs, international applicants, members of the military) effectively convey their unique experiences to craft convincing MBA applications
  • Constructing timelines and prioritizing application components to keep clients on track

Areas of Expertise

Corporate strategy/development, corporate innovation, start-ups (founder of two tech start-ups, one exit), deep tech, venture capital

Of Interest

Marcus was a walk-on member of the crew team at the University of Pennsylvania and through a lot of hard work, determination, and passion, progressed to eventually compete as an elite rower on the Swedish national rowing team. He is still an avid sportsman and enjoys mountain biking, trail running, surfing, and doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as well as playing football (soccer) with his two boys.

More about Marcus

Marcus’s diverse and lengthy professional career gives him an edge in helping clients translate their accomplishments into narratives that resonate with admissions committees. He credits his days being coached as a competitive athlete for his ability to be a coach himself, providing specific and actionable feedback so that clients know exactly where they should focus their efforts at every step of the application process. Above all, Marcus enjoys helping clients uncover the key experiences that differentiate them from other candidates and produce applications of which they can feel proud.

Marcus has spent much of his career as an entrepreneur and innovator. He founded an e-commerce company and a cybersecurity company, worked in corporate development at an industry-leading technology corporation, and now facilitates connections between start-ups and corporations at top-tier polytechnical universities, including MIT and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, one of Europe’s most competitive programs. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in international relations and later returned to pursue his MBA from The Wharton School. He has worked and lived in the United States, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Finland, South Korea, and Japan. Marcus currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

  In Marcus’s Words

I started admissions consulting somewhat by chance. I did a little coaching in rowing when I stopped competing and really enjoyed helping others succeed. After helping my sister on her application to Wharton, I realized that admissions consulting could be an area where I could apply those coaching skills and meaningfully contribute to someone’s career trajectory and life. I’ve been coaching MBA applicants ever since, working with a extraordinarily diverse set of clients, including an ATP tennis player, a Navy SEAL, family business owners, and many technologists and entrepreneurs. Not only has it been rewarding to help them achieve their business school goals, but also I’ve really enjoyed learning about my clients’ backgrounds, industries and experiences. Everyone has an interesting story to tell!

What Clients Say about Working with Marcus

I am thrilled to be attending Wharton next year and attribute my success to Marcus and the Gatehouse team. I came to them with a condensed timeline, a non-traditional background (investor relations hoping to transition to entrepreneurship) and Marcus helped me create a compelling story across my varying experiences. My gpa (3.9) was strong but my GMAT was slightly below the average of my target schools. With Marcus's hands-on support in editing and reviewing my essays and resume, I was admitted to a handful of programs with scholarships. Notably, given my condensed timeline, Marcus spent much time helping me on weekends and provided thorough and efficient feedback in each step of the process. I also want to highlight that Gatehouse has incredible resources for preparing applicants for interviews and truly helps you throughout the entire process of applying. I give my highest recommendation!

  Wharton Admit

Marcus is an expert with the admissions process and understands the narrative and storytelling requirements to receive admission into the world’s best business schools. Marcus helped me take my general experiences and goals and transform them into a compelling, logical narrative for each school.

Marcus’ insights were absolutely instrumental into receiving admission into my top program of choice. With the essays, Marcus provided me critical feedback and actionable tasks over several revision iterations until he felt they were ready to submit. This is not some arbitrary standard - Marcus understands the level of quality that is required to receive admission to various business schools.

Marcus is unequivocally the primary reason I received admission to my target school of choice.

  Wharton/Lauder and Columbia Admit

To speak with Marcus, request a free consultation with Gatehouse Admissions today.