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Matt Symonds
Author 'The MBA Admissions Edge' sponsored by Goldman Sachs and McKinsey

mattMatt Symonds is a Co-Founder and Director of Fortuna Admissions. He is also the Chief Editor of, and the author of the international bestseller “Getting the MBA Admissions Edge,“ sponsored by Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co., BCG, and Bain & Co. His MBA admissions workshops have been attended by over 80,000 business school hopefuls, as part of the QS World MBA Tour that he founded in 1995 and the Kaplan Test Prep franchise that he launched in Europe. He has an extensive business school network, regularly interviewing deans, faculty, and admissions directors for the media. His industry knowledge makes him a regular guest expert on TV, radio, in the press, and at conferences. He covers business education for BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, BBC, and  AméricaEconomía , among many other global publications

Within five years of founding the QS World MBA Tour, demand was such that Matt and his team expanded their events to 45 countries with the close participation of the world’s top business schools. He has maintained close friendships with admissions directors from the US, Europe, and Asia, bringing a rare level of insight and school knowledge to the in-house expertise at Fortuna.


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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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