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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 […]

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 Business School – Step 6: MBA Application Essays ‒ Starting The Process

Jun. 1st, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Tackling application essays for business school is a daunting task. They’re a critical part of your sales pitch. Your application may be read by a bleary-eyed administrator who’s already waded through hundreds of files that day ‒ with only yours keeping him from turning in for the night. So how do you grab his attention? […]

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 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 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 […]

Preparing for your b-school interviews

Feb. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With many schools now extending interview invitations, now is a great time to get ready for your upcoming interviews. One of the most useful interview tips that we can provide is to prepare well in advance! As former admissions directors at top MBA programs, we interviewed thousands of applicants and it was always pretty clear […]

Applying to B-school in Round 3

Jan. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Every year around this time, applicants ask for our advice on whether they should apply to MBA programs for Round 3 (R3). Our response to them is often “it depends”. One thing we tell them is clear – you don’t want to apply halfheartedly, thinking that you can simply re-apply a few months later. If […]

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