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MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 2

Jul. 30th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

We recently posted a blog about common mistakes to avoid in your MBA applications as you’re starting to work on your 2015-2016 b-school applications. To read the first four mistakes and tips for these, check out MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1. We will start out this blog where we left off with […]

MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1

Jul. 27th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

MBA Application Mistakes to Avoid – Part 1 With the new 2015-2016 MBA application season underway, many of you are just getting started with your business school applications. But before you get too far along, we’d like to make you aware of some of the common mistakes that we saw on a regular basis when […]

When it comes to b-school, should women approach the MBA application process any differently?

Jul. 17th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

If asked how they evaluate applications from female applicants relative to their male counterparts, many admissions officers would likely avoid suggesting that women applicants are handled differently. However, with years of MBA admissions experience reviewing thousands of files, we have identified a few common characteristics that are worth exploring. We won’t suggest how we think things should […]

New GMAT Features Set to Launch in July

Jul. 15th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With MBA applicants getting ready to apply to business schools for next year, there are a few important changes about to take place regarding the GMAT test. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), several updates will be made to help streamline the exam experience. GMAC arrived at the decision to introduce these three […]

Fortuna Featured in Financial Times Article About Innovation in MBA Admissions

Jul. 7th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In a recent Financial Times article, reporter Jonathan Moules writes about some of the latest changes that have been made in the admissions process for top MBA programs. For expert admissions insight he reached out to several members of the Fortuna Admissions team to help explain more about the changing nature of business school admissions. […]

SIX SMART TIPS FOR YOUR MBA RECOMMENDATION LETTERS

Jul. 1st, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In our previous blog, we discussed the topic of who to ask for your letters of recommendation, and common mistakes to avoid, and now we’d like to share some additional tips around your own recommenders. Based on our prior experience reading thousands of recommendation letters as admissions committee members, we can immediately spot an average […]

Recommenders: Does Prestige Matter and Mistakes to Avoid

Jun. 24th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Would your chances of gaining admission to a top MBA program be improved if you had a recommendation letter written by the President of the U.S.? Although it might seem like a good idea to have one of the most powerful leaders in the world write on your behalf, our team at Fortuna Admissions debated […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to B-School – Step 10: Letters of Recommendation

Jun. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In this step we’ll discuss a very important component of your application: letters of recommendation. Every MBA application requires candidates to submit letters of recommendation, which provide the admissions office with valuable insight into how you’re viewed by others. The recommenders that you select, and the strength, thoroughness, and enthusiasm of what they write is […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to B-School – Step 9: MBA Application Essays – Strengths and Weaknesses, Accomplishments and Failures, Open-ended Questions

Jun. 17th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Previously in this series, we identified five common themes found in essays. In addition to those, some of the most daunting essay questions for candidates to address are topics that force you to be self-reflective and reveal your level of self-awareness. Candidates can sometimes be unduly modest and uncomfortable promoting themselves and discussing their strengths. […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School – Step 8: MBA Application Essays ‒ Your Contribution To The MBA Program And Fit

Jun. 12th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

  There are several themes that recur in essay questions that business schools ask so we’ll provide some MBA essay tips for these. Earlier in this series, we looked at three common themes around ‘Why an MBA now?”, “Why this MBA?”, and “What’s your career vision?”. Admissions committees also want to ensure they’re admitting positive […]

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