Graduate School Admissions Consultants Assemble in Bay Area to Share Best Practices and Hear from Leading Schools

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) May 28, 2011

The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) is finalizing details for its fourth annual members’ conference in Palo Alto, California, on June 8 through 10, 2011. As in years past, the purpose of the conference is to give AIGAC members the opportunity to share experiences and best practices with colleagues from around the world and to speak directly with admissions officers from top graduate schools. Reflecting AIGAC's continued growth and the success of past conferences, this year's conference has been expanded to three days, with key visits to Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

The theme of AIGAC's 2011 conference is “The Perfect Fit”: finding the best match between MBA applicants and programs. What can applicants do to distinguish themselves, especially if they belong to an oversubscribed applicant group? How do applicants convey passion in their application essays or reveal essential qualities during admissions interviews? How do unconventional candidates effectively convey their motivations for an MBA? These and other questions will be explored and debated.

Divided into members-only sessions, sessions including admissions officials (adcoms), and special sessions, the conference will include members' panels on consulting best practices and ethical fitness, an admissions interview exercise, and a session on helping clients understand the relevance of the MBA to their careers. The adcom sessions will include three “Finding the Right Fit” panels on application essays, admissions interviews, and feeder industries and unconventional candidates. In addition to Stanford and Haas, admissions officials from Dartmouth (Tuck), Columbia Business School, University of Virginia (Darden), UCLA (Anderson), Yale School of Management, Cornell (Johnson), and IE in Spain will also participate. Rounding out the 2011 Conference will be a tour and Q&A session with Stanford GSB, a visit to Haas, and special sessions on the “NextGen” GMAT and the revised GRE test and Personal Potential Index (PPI).

Anna Ivey–AIGAC's president and CEO of Ivey Consulting–is pleased with the way the event is shaping up: “This is a great opportunity to connect with other thought leaders from the admissions world — it's very productive to have everyone assembled in one place over the course of three days. It is shaping up to be a good mix of consultants as well as representatives from testing, test prep, and top graduate programs.” Conference organizer Maxx Duffy, an AIGAC director and founder/director of Maxx Associates, is also enthused about the conference: “This year’s conference is going to be great! Thanks to the hard work of all of the volunteers, I expect the 2011 conference to set the bar for many years to come.”

The 2011 conference is made possible through the generous sponsorship of The Freeman School at Tulane University (, Veritas Prep (, Manhattan GMAT (, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions ( , Maxx Associates (, Clear Admit (, and (


The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants promotes high ethical standards and professional development amongst graduate admissions consultants, increases public understanding of graduate admissions consulting, and enhances communication with complementary organizations and entities. Its membership now comprises 71 consultants from 9 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Japan, China, Russia, Spain, and Israel. Inspired by the collaborative spirit and camaraderie of the consultants who attended Tuck School of Business’s Conferences for International Educational Consultants in 2005 and 2006, Linda Abraham of and Ricardo Betti of MBA Empresarial (Brazil) joined with Graham Richmond of Clear Admit and Maxx Duffy of Maxx Associates to form a not-for-profit association to set industry standards for graduate admissions consultants. In November 2006, AIGAC was officially incorporated in the State of California.