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#203 What Are Your Game-Changing Differentiators? with Paul Bodine from Admitify

“Applicants with seemingly par-for-the-course profiles can have game-changing assets if they dig deep enough”.

Paul Bodine, one of the world’s most experienced admissions consultants and president of Admitify, shares how he helps clients with seemingly par-for-the-course profiles discover their game-changing assets. How does Paul help his clients dig deep to unearth their most remarkable stories? How does he advise his clients to present these stories? If you feel like your profile is nothing special, you are most likely mistaken – even the most common profiles have parts which are uncommon. Sixty percent of Admitify’s MBA clients gain admission or interview invitations at Stanford, Wharton and Harvard, and Admitify’s clients win over $2M in scholarships each year. Listen on to learn Paul’s process for identifying your game-changing differentiators.

About Paul

Admitify’s president, Paul Bodine, is among the world’s most experienced admissions consultants. A graduate of University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University, Paul is the author of 6 books on admissions including the best-selling Great Applications for Business School, Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance, and Perfect Phrases for Letters of Recommendation (McGraw-Hill).

Paul was recognized in Poets & Quants Admissions Coach Hall of Fame in 2021 for his 5 consecutive years on the Best Consultant list. He was one of only three consultants who made every single ranking since the inaugural list of the Top 10 in 2017. He is also ranked as a Top 10 Consultant With The Most Positive Client Reviews Over Time. Paul’s Admitify team has over 140 years of collective admissions consulting experience with more than 2,000 admitted clients.

Paul has been quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Money magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Poets & Quants,


  • Introducing Paul Bodine & Admitify (0:00)
  • Finding Your Game-Changing Assets (4:30)
  • Which Differentiators Should You Present? (11:35)
  • Case-Studies of Digging Deeper to Find Unusual and Remarkable Stories (17:20)
  • Presenting Your Remarkable Stories in Essays (23:05)

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