Grad School recruitment advice. Personalized brainstorming. Unlimited reviews.

The full-blown counseling package in which we offer personalized brainstorming at the beginning and monthly QnA sessions for doubts clarification. Plus, you get 90% discount on all our Masterclasses!

This was one of the most informative sessions which will surely put the attendees at advantage. The fact that it presented a generic roadmap and to-do list for students before and after entering the United States, it helps students to think about career prospects, job listings, courses to register for, documents to prepare etc. with a planned schedule. Oftentimes, students say that they wished they had started planning about job/internships, networking and registering for right courses early, And this session addressed all issues with detailed information, thus making us realize to start working on those things at the earliest – Raghav (Duke MEM)

It was a very informative session with a lot of useful links and tips. I especially liked your approach of creating a spreadsheet to shortlist companies based on our interest.  Thanks a ton – Shravya (CMU MSIN with fellowship)

It was an informative session. I get to know a lot of new things and this makes me feel more confident – Ela (GSU MIS)

Feeling more neurotic, so much to do! But great info. Will take some time to digest. Thanks! – Niket (SJSU CS)

“Which schools should I apply to?”
“Should I specialize in Robotics or VLSI?”
“Is it better to work for a year before applying for MS?”
“Will I get good internships?”

You want to plan your career and go for the right program. You have a lot of questions. That’s why we created this package. This is the ultimate combination of application + internship/job coaching. Because it is not about just going to a school but building a fulfilling career.

While most counselors focus on getting you admitted anywhere for now, we at Scholar Strategy look for your long term growth and career satisfaction. Therefore, we introduced the Internship and Jobhunt Masterclass to master the recruiting process in Grad School. This 6 hour+ multi-session course has become our signature offering and has helped our clients grab $100K offers in US at their dream companies.

So, when you enroll in Mastermind package, we help in –

  1. Getting you into the BEST school you can – yes, we aim high and we think you should too
  2. Maximizing your career prospects – With our Internship and Jobhunt Masterclass (that you can avail at 90% discount), you can start your career in USA more confidently.

Want to study abroad and build a solid career? Come, work with us.

Not so long ago, I experimented with digital nomad lifestyle – working from Bali, Auroville and Singapore. I met incredible people who are pursuing their dreams. As I explore the richness that meaningful life has to offer, I got thinking. What does a happy life entail?

It is NOT just a degree. It is the exposure and experience you get as you travel along the path of life. And I have been fortunate enough to work on the biggest banks in New York as well as 8 people startup in the heart of Manhattan. I have been fortunate enough to carve a satisfying career. 

I want you to find your own dream story and live it. For me, it is bigger than just landing at Grad School. It is the career that you build and how you grow from there. Therefore, we are introducing a unique package – MASTERMIND – that combines our proven application strategy to get you into top schools with how to master the recruiting process in Grad School.  

What you’ll get?

  1. One-to-one 90 min brainstorming to help craft your individual story for SOP and how to project a strong profile in LORs
  2. An effective technique to shortlist schools best suited for your interests – keeping your career prospects and ambitions in mind
  3. Unlimited detailed reviews of your SOP (1 base SOP) and uptown 3 LORs with suggestions for improvement. We do NOT give you SOP templates that make you look like thousand other applicants
  4. Financial Documents templates and advice for visa interviews
  5. Additional Monthly QnA sessions which keep you on track on your applications
  6. Access to our clients only WhatsApp group, where you can interact with senior members studying/working in USA and fellow applicants

How does it work?

  1. You enroll.
  2. You will be instructed on how to share your SOP, LORs and school list.
  3. Over a call, we will help craft your individual story for the applications. You will be instructed on how to create the first drafts of your SOP, LORS keeping your individual profile and goals in mind.
  4. Your SOP (same for LORs) will be reviewed in detail and comments will be provided for you to act on. Being engineers ourselves, we review not just the language but strategic content. Our students swear by our SOP reviews!
  5. You make the changes and resubmit the SOP/LORs for as many times as it takes to perfect them.
  6. We will leave comments on your school list about whether it is worth applying to that school or not. Also, we will suggest more/better schools if applicable.
  7. At the end, you have a much better SOP and LORs in your hand and a better school list.
  8. In our monthly QnAs, you will get to discuss the progress of your applications. This helps you stay on track and not get left behind.
  9. At any point after enrolling, you can buy any of our Masterclasses (including the premium Internship and Jobhunt Masterclass where Nistha will guide you on how to prep for the placements) for 90% discount. And, she is very very good at it (read the reviews here). 
  10. You get sample documents and advice for visa process.


Why should I join Scholar Strategy counseling?

Nistha has been guiding students since 2013. Our results speak for us – we have had admits into MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, UIUC, CMU and most of the top universities (despite our clients not being from IITs). Nistha understands what Admission Committee is looking for and can help you get into the best schools possible with your profile. We like to underpromise and overdeliver.

However, if you are looking for spoon-feeding or somebody writing SOP for you, we are not a good fit. We do not give you readymade school lists or SOP templates.

But I’m already working with a local counselor?

We are confident that our counseling is better than any local counselor. But if expense is your concern, you can look at our HIGH LEVEL ADVICE only package that proves to be a valuable resource to be used alongside other counselors.
Your counselor might be good but he probably never studied abroad himself, so he can miss out on some critical tips and guidance that only we (or anyone who has gone through the process herself) can offer.

What’s so great with your SOP reviews?

Oh, where do we start. We help you with things like:

  1. Structure and proportion of different sections
  2. Whether you are doing justice to your experience or not
  3. Add tips on how to improve a part (we can talk the engineering language very well!)
  4. Help shortening by highlighting what’s important and what not
Can you write the SOP for me?

NO. We do NOT write anything for anyone. You write and we review. It is your unique language and story in the end. That is what makes this so good. If we started writing for everyone, imagine many people submitting same kind of SOPs! – you do not want that. Even if you end up working with any other counselor, do NOT let anyone else write your SOP.

Wait, which city do you work in?

We work everywhere, we work online 🙂 We have clients in India, Middle East and South Asia. So, your physical location does NOT matter. The whole counseling is conducted over as many phone calls, video chats, emails and text messages as it takes! By saving on physical logistics, we pass on our cost benefits to you by charging much lower than your local counselors.

What if I want to get more essays reviewed?

Some schools and programs ask for essays instead of or in addition to SOP. Add Rs. 3,000 (please check the latest rate on counseling page) if you wish to get other essays (apart from SOP) reviewed as well. This option is available in Comprehensive, Personal and Mastermind pckages. Other essays (up to 3) will be only reviewed once. We have found that once a student has crafted a good SOP using our tips, other essays are much easier to tackle.

I’m sold. How do I enroll?

We do not enroll anyone without talking to them first. And if we feel that we cannot help you, we tell you that right upfront.
Please follow the steps on our contact  page and schedule a call with us. On the call, we will walk you through the process.

Why should I get Mastermind package instead of High Level package?

High level call package contains only the strategy and follow up calls. Choose Mastermind if you need help throughout your application. Mastermind includes the reviews of your SOP, LORs, and school list. Plus, you get job hunting and finding assistantships help too.

Do you help with filling application forms etc?

Our forte lies in career advice and application strategy, and we are not the best visa/loan counselor. For more mundane queries such as ‘what should I fill in this field of application forms’, ‘is my funding source okay’, ‘what should be the format for this LOR’ – it is best to pick the brains of fellow applicants and seniors on our Scholar Strategy facebook group which is super active and helpful (see below). You can use the group as much and as long as you want but our counselor doesn’t help with filling application forms etc.