Maria Wich-Vila

Applicant Lab


The only admissions service endorsed by Harvard Business School’s student newspaper, ApplicantLab was launched to level the playing field, providing access to world-class advice at an affordable price. I started volunteering with the HBS admissions office when I was getting my MBA, helping organize events for prospective students. At those events, I’d invariably be asked: “Applications are due soon, and I’m stressing out, but I can’t afford a consultant! Can you help me?”. Always happy to have an excuse to procrastinate from reading cases, I agreed.That was over a decade ago, and I’ve been providing admissions advice ever since. My approach is very pragmatic, and I work best with people who are independent self-starters. I advocate using a story-based approach as “evidence” to the admissions committees that you possess the very qualities they are looking for.I help with all aspects of the process, from strategy, to brainstorming, to writing – not only the essays, but also resumes and recommendations too. My almost 20 years of experience as an alumni admissions interviewer for Princeton has made my mock interviews a particular client favorite.I’m a member of AIGAC, and I have partnered with non-profits aiming to expand access to MBA programs for lower-income or under-represented groups. I am proud to partner with the Forte Foundation and the Riordan Fellows program. I am also a partner of Prospanica (the organization formerly known as NSHMBA), and am on the Board of its Los Angeles chapter, where I routinely hold admissions strategy events.


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2003 - 2005
Harvard Business School
1994 - 1998
Princeton U.


2012 - 2017
2010 - 2015
Start-up Consultant
Digital Media / Wireless
2006 - 2009
VP, Product Marketing and Business Development
Viva Vision
2005 - 2006
Account Director
GoldPocket Wireless (now Motricity)
1998 - 2003
Business / Corporate Development
News Corp