Fortuna admissions blog
This is the time of year when applicants ask our advice about whether or not to apply for their MBA in R3. Here at Fortuna Admissions, our response is often, “it depends.” After all, it is well known that top schools have selected the bulk of their classes by early April, so odds seem far less favorable for anyone applying for the last deadline. At the same time, not applying now means waiting until the admissions cycle begins anew next fall. And there can actually be some advantages to submitting your application now.
They say that lightning never strikes twice. But the bolt from the FT that jolted the world of MBA rankings 12 months ago has struck again. The FT announces that INSEAD has maintained its place at #1 for the second consecutive year, ahead of Stanford GSB, Wharton and Harvard Business School. It took 19 years for a one-year MBA program to reach the FT rankings summit, and to maintain the position speaks to INSEAD’s international credentials, research, and earnings power of alumni. Fortuna Director and former INSEAD Director of Admissions, Caroline Diarte Edwards, shares her insights behind the school’s success.
Donald Trump was 14 years old when John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address. Long before Twitter, Kennedy knew the importance of inspiring others with a short and powerful phrase: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” What did young Donald make of such a memorable line that defined a generation? What does the phrase mean to you? What would you say to demonstrate your leadership credentials, or to show what you can do for your country? You don’t need to wait to be sworn in to high office—applying to business school is a perfect opportunity to reflect on these questions.
Creating and conveying a career vision is an elemental part of your MBA application. It’s about portraying a clear picture of where you’ve been, where you are headed, and why an MBA is essential for getting you there. B-schools are looking for students who are poised to get the most value from their MBA experience by going on to great things in the future.
Caroline Diarte Edwards offers one piece of advice and one action that she believes you can take to dramatically improve your MBA application—to spend a considerable amount of time on self-reflection—no matter where you are in the MBA application process.