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Rejected by HBS/GSB/Wharton? How to bounce back in R2

Dec. 23rd, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

A little more than 900 of the round one MBA applicants to Harvard have been invited for interview. And with Stanford and Wharton reaching out to applicants, it’s the first reality check for many applicants about their chances of securing their place at a top business school for next year.

The Sum Of All The Business School Rankings Of 2015

Dec. 15th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The annual Ranking of the MBA Rankings, which combines the results of all the rankings of the last 12 months by regions of the world, shows that once again the top places are held by seven business schools, the legendary M7.

Improving your MBA applications for Round 2 deadlines

Dec. 11th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

For many MBA applicants, this is the last realistic shot at securing a place in the class starting next fall. At schools such as HBS, Stanford, Booth and Wharton the scarcity of places available in Round 3 means that opportunities for admission are slim. Meanwhile, competition for places at other top schools intensifies as applicants turned down in Round 1 turn their attention to other schools like Tuck, Duke, Yale, Stern, Darden, UCLA and Johnson.

Bouncing Back from B-school Rejection

Dec. 5th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Nobody likes rejection. It can make you feel hurt and wonder why you weren’t good enough. Although your spirits might be down, the bright side is that you have an opportunity to learn even more from failure, and to set yourself up for success in the future. And how you respond to your current situation will be a critical step in achieving your ultimate goal.

Insider Tips for Wharton’s Team Based Discussion

Nov. 17th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

By Judith Silverman Hodara It’s that time of year again, when Wharton is inviting applicants to interview and as former Acting Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton, I have a good sense of what Wharton is looking for in the team-based discussion. With so many highly qualified applicants on paper, the team discussion allows applicants to demonstrate […]

What are you being evaluated on during your MBA admissions interview?

Nov. 12th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With MBA admissions interview invitations going out for round 1 applicants, many of you are wondering what questions will be asked, how to prepare, and what will really be evaluated? We’ve already shared some tips to help you prepare for your interview but we also want to provide deeper insights about the specific areas that […]

Make the Most of your Campus Visits

Nov. 10th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

When it comes to researching different MBA programs, one of the best ways to gather information is through visiting program campuses. While some information about MBA programs is easy to find online, such as class profiles for current students or career statistics, other information is harder to come by. A campus visit is great way […]

How to Stand Out in the Application Pile

Oct. 21st, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Matt Symonds published an online article on this topic for Poets and Quants. Below is an adapted version. With Round 1 deadlines behind us and with many top business school R2 deadlines rapidly approaching, a topic on applicants’ minds is how they stack up compared to the thousands of others applying. You’re not alone in […]


Oct. 7th, 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 top MBA programs, including Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Chicago Booth, IE Business School, Kellogg, NYU Stern, and US Berkeley, have contributed to this series. We have […]

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