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If you can’t score a 700+ GMAT, can you still get into a top 10 MBA school?

May. 29th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Scoring a 700 on the GMAT today isn’t worth the same as it was 10 years ago. While achieving 700+ in 2003 would place you in the top 92% of test takers, the same score today means you’ve scored in the top 89%. This is due to the fact that applicants are investing more time […]

The 12 Steps On How To Apply To Business School Series – Step 5: Your CV/Resume And Application Data Form

May. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Certain business schools, such as Harvard, Wharton, and Tuck, have reduced the number of essays thus making your resume and biographical data a more critical part of the process. Often overlooked, or reduced to an uninspiring list of dates, places, and job titles, or qualifications, the resume is a critical component and overview to your […]

Part 2 – The Best Way to Focus your Application Efforts Before Round 1 MBA Deadlines

May. 20th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The following blog is adapted from our article featured recently on Poets and Quants. Click here to read Part 1 of the adapted article. This is the second part of our adapted article, which focuses on tips to get ready to apply for Round 1 MBA deadlines. Weigh up your GMAT score. The GMAT can […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 4: Your Academic Record – GMAT, GPA, and GRE

May. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

An MBA emphasizes studying business and often the “M” in MBA, which stands for “Master’s”, is overlooked. Any self-respecting business school will want to ensure that you have the academic aptitude to handle a graduate degree. You’ll need to be skillful in math, critical reasoning/logic, and language. Therefore your academic results are important components of […]

The Best Way to Focus your Application Efforts Before Round 1 MBA Deadlines – Part 1

May. 15th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The following blog is adapted from our article featured recently on Poets and Quants. In the last few days, top MBA programs including HBS, Stanford, Wharton, MIT Sloan, INSEAD and Columbia have announced their Round 1 deadlines for the upcoming year’s MBA applications. First up is HBS, with a September 9th deadline and other schools’ […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 3: Self-reflection and how to position your MBA candidacy

May. 12th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Whether you’re convinced that you want to do an MBA, or are just toying with the idea, we suggest that you spend a significant amount of time on self-reflection. Most business schools want to know more about you than just what’s written on your CV. They want to get a sense of what makes you […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 2: Plan your Timing

Apr. 30th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

On average, leading business schools organize three or four rounds of admissions in the 12 months before matriculation (with the exception of Columbia Business School and a small handful of other schools who have rolling admissions and review applications as they’re received). Common sense suggests you should apply only when you’re ready, but let us […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 1: Do Your Research

Apr. 20th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions was asked by The Economist to write a multi-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth, IE Business School, Kellogg, and UC Berkeley Haas have contributed to this series of articles. Below is an […]

A History of the US News MBA Ranking 1990 – 2014

Mar. 25th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

One of the longest-established of the big five media MBA rankings, US News recently released its twenty-fifth annual ranking of US-based MBA programs. Although BusinessWeek claims it published the first full b-school assessment in 1998, actually US News published a business school reputation survey in 1987, which would make it the oldest MBA ranking. However, […]

MBA Admissions Clinic – Applicant Profile 3 ‘Darsana’ – The Back Office Banker

Mar. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In partnership with the Forté Foundation, Fortuna provides MBA admissions advice based on our prior experience as senior admissions professionals at top MBA programs. Each case study features a common applicant profile and evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, weaknesses, and related admissions advice. The Applicant – Darsana Age: 27 Job: Assistant Vice President at UBS […]

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