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30 Tips For MBA Admissions Success – Part 2 of 3

Apr. 29th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Forbes. The following is adapted from his original article posted March 31, 2016. The coaches at Fortuna have put together some MBA application advice, based on years of insider experience working in the admissions offices of the world’s top business schools. As the […]

Why Older MBA Applicants Need To Be Wiser

Mar. 17th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Forbes. The following is adapted from his original article posted March 8, 2016. Can you still secure a place in one of the world’s best full-time MBAs when you are over 30? It is true that the top business schools focus on 20-somethings. […]

Why a January MBA Start is a Good Option

Mar. 11th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

If your business school applications so far this season have been unsuccessful, there’s no need to feel pessimistic about your MBA options for this year. Just because you haven’t made the cut for September entry options doesn’t mean you’re out of the game. Consider, instead, a January entry MBA program, for which the admissions season […]

How to Stand Out in the MBA Applicant Pool

Feb. 23rd, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

The following is an edited transcript of a video interview between two of our Directors: Judith Hodara, former Wharton Director of Admissions and Caroline Diarte Edwards, former INSEAD Director of Admissions, and John Byrne from Poets and Quants. Watch the full video Question to both Judith and Caroline: Probably 80% of the applicant pool at […]

7 Essentials to Ace Your MBA Interview

Feb. 16th, 2016 | by: Malvina Miller Complainville

With the round 2 interview season underway, former Harvard Business School Assistant Director Malvina Miller Complainville from the Fortuna team offers 7 top tips to boost your performance in your MBA interviews.

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.

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 […]

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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