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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 […]

3 Tips for Perfecting Your MBA Application

Dec. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

There are a number of steps you can take to perfect your MBA application, and, based on our years of experience in admissions, we’d like to pass on a few tips: 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on your online personal data form. The forms may seem like an easy, even tedious […]

Top Insider Tips for Applying to HBS

Oct. 16th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Since Harvard Business School reduced its application requirement to just one essay in 2013 (which is now an optional essay), applying to HBS became a lot easier. But getting in is a whole other story. Several other top MBA programs have followed the lead of HBS by reducing their essays and it’s no surprise that […]

Our Insider Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – NYU Stern

Sep. 18th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village in downtown New York City, New York University’s Stern School of Business (Stern) is situated in between the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan. A short subway ride away to many major companies in NYC, Stern is proud of its downtown location and reputation for smart, down-to-earth students. Visitors […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – Columbia

Sep. 16th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Attending business school in New York City is a unique experience and those attracted to the fast pace of a global city should consider Columbia Business School (CBS). The symbiotic relationship between Columbia and the business world is a major program benefit, and the school notes that more business leaders visit Columbia’s campus than any […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – LBS

Sep. 12th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

This week we’re focusing on insider tips for another top-ranked European business school – London Business School (LBS). It’s hard to believe that until the mid 1980s, middle management from the Commonwealth had a free ride for their business education at LBS. It seems it was mostly French and U.S. students who bore the total […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – Wharton

Sep. 10th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

With additional b-school Round 1 deadlines just a few short weeks away, Wharton is next up on our list for insider tips to share. As one of the oldest business schools in the world, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business is regularly ranked in the top five, this year it ties for #1 […]

Our Insider Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – INSEAD

Sep. 5th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

The next b-school on our Fortuna Admissions list of ‘Top Tips’, for insider advice on applying to selective b-schools, is INSEAD. One of two top non-US based b-schools in our Insider Tips series (alongside LBS), INSEAD rightfully sees itself as “The Business School for the World”. With over 80+ nationalities represented in the program, and […]

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