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Judith Silverman Hodara
Wharton former acting Director of MBA Admissions

Former Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton

Judith is a Co-Founder and Director of Fortuna Admissions. She served as a core member of admissions committees at the University of Pennsylvania for almost two decades. She most recently served as Acting Director at the Wharton School’s MBA Program. She was also an Associate Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

While at the Wharton School, Judith’s multi-region expertise in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East helped her to shape the incoming Wharton classes from a competitive applicant pool of the world’s best and brightest. She reviewed thousands of applications during her tenure and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to travel extensively for Wharton, meeting with prospective students and constituency groups, learning in depth about their educational and professional experiences.

Judith has also served as Director of Admissions at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Rothberg School for International Studies at Hebrew University. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in Higher Education Management.

Judith first met Matt Symonds while on the World MBA Tour in early 2000 on a marathon 15 venue tour. Their friendship helped to launch Fortuna Admissions with Caroline Diarte Edwards in 2012.

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I truly felt that Fortuna went above and beyond what was promised; they were generous with their time, their network, their advice, and their experience. I would consider them more than coaches, but friends, and recommend the Fortuna team 100%, wholeheartedly!

Admitted to Stanford GSB with full scholarship, MIT Sloan with $110,000 scholarship, and Wharton with $60,000 scholarship

Still can’t believe it, I got in at INSEAD!  Fortuna’s advice was invaluable in helping me craft my application.  With timely and thorough feedback, I was able to draw upon the right experiences that allowed me to put my best foot forward. I would highly recommend this experience to any prospective applicants.

S.V., Ottawa – Admitted to INSEAD

You have first-hand knowledge of the admissions process (and not in a secondary role as many others) and can leverage that experience.
You are also a fun team to work with. Working for months on your applications can be stressful so this makes a difference.

J.F., Philadelphia – Admitted to Stanford GSB

Working with Fortuna is like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor.

D.B., London – Admitted to HBS

I have been admitted to Stanford! This would never have been possible without your help. Beyond helping me correct the structure of the essays you helped me push my thinking especially on the ‘what matters most to me’ question.

A.B., Paris – Admitted to Stanford GSB

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