The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) 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. Our membership is comprised of over 130 representatives from 16 countries, including the Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States.  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 Accepted.com 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.

AIGAC President’s Message

By Vince Ricci, AIGAC President 2016-2017

August 2016: Please join us in thanking outgoing AIGAC President, Andrea Sparrey.

Since attending my first AIGAC Conference in 2011 and joining the AIGAC Board in 2013, I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Andrea Sparrey. Andrea is, without a doubt, the most effective leader I have ever known. She is the kind of person who would add value to any organization. Thankfully, we still have Andrea on the Board, where she serves as Immediate Past-President. Still, we want to take this opportunity to share a few highlights of Andrea’s tenure – in the form of a top 10 list. …read more

AIGAC 2016 MBA Applicant Survey Results Released!!

Background Information: Findings reflect MBA applicants who plan on enrolling in Jan 2017 or sooner, and who applied to at least one school (N=1,114)
Total respondents:

AIGAC 2016 MBA Applicant Survey: Executive Summary

  • MBA applicants remain as optimistic as in past years about their post-MBA employment prospects
    • Confident that an MBA education would enable them to secure a significantly higher salary post-MBA
    • Continue to focus on Consulting, Finance/Accounting, & Technology
  • While optimistic about the future, many MBA applicants are realistic about the competitiveness of the process
    • Turn to multiple sources for support with application process
    • Friends, admissions consultants, & family members top list of resources sought out
    • Fewer than 20% of applicants “go it alone”

Read the full summary and view the presentation slides and graphs that were released in June

AIGAC Volunteer of the Month

This month we wanted to recognize Sarah (Sally) McGinty for her exceptional contributions to AIGAC.

Over the past year, Sally has been instrumental with our Membership Committee, helping AIGAC to consider how to better reach out to many prospective members (and then actively reaching out to many herself). In fact, Sally was the leading referrer of new AIGAC members for 2015/16.

“Sally has brought a wealth of experience from her NACAC and IECA to help our organization develop more professional new member outreach initiatives. She is an absolute asset to the membership committee.” Scott Shrum, AIGAC Membership Committee Chair

 In particular, Sally was committed to getting new members acclimated to the organization, reaching out to welcome them over the phone and then through a new member event at the 2016 AIGAC Conference in Boston. The informal event at Spangler ended up being an opportunity to connect with other new members and to be welcomed by experienced colleagues. Fueled by Sally’s encouragement, many new members at the 2016 Conference got an early start, meeting people during our first couple of days in Boston/Cambridge.

 “It was a real show of dedication that Sally lead the new member breakfast at 7:30 am, given that she was battling a cold that knocked her out for some of the conference.” Brett Haber, AIGAC President-Elect

 “Sally’s effort to organize and lead the New Member Breakfast near the end of a very intense conference was incredible! She shared both energy and insight with our newest members and helped initiate some very good relationships. The organization and its members grows and thrives thanks to people like her.” Candy Lee LaBalle, 2016 AIGAC Conference Co-Chair

Thanks Sally for your amazing contributions!

Thank you to our volunteers who help our organization run!

AIGAC 2016 Global Conference June 14 – 16, 2016 -
Was a Fabulous Success!

AIGAC Member Resources

AIGAC Members have access to all past Applicant Survey Data and Webinars in our Members-Only Resource Center.

From recent webinars, we have developed a great collection including CEIBS, ESMT, Forte Foundation, Georgetown McDonough, Harvard Kennedy School, Prodigy Finance, Vanderbilt, and Veritas Prep

Visit our members-only resource library at http://member.aigac.org/resources

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