From initial orientation and school selection, through thoughtful essay editing and recommender support, to mock interviews and reapplication strategy, you can count on our experience and insight to help you stand out in your business school applications.
For the highest impact, we recommend our Comprehensive or Premium School Package services. These are our start-to-finish packages, designed to guide you carefully through the entire application process. Drawing on expertise of former Directors and Associate Directors of Admissions at some of the world’s best business schools, Fortuna Admissions has developed a proprietary methodology to provide you with expert coaching through each step of the application process and to give you the benefit of the expertise and insight of our team. From our many years of experience of evaluating candidates, we know what it takes for a candidate to stand out from the crowd, and we know the potential pitfalls to avoid. Our mission is to make sure that this deep expertise is put to work for you, enabling you to shine every step of the way.
Early Stage MBA Planning
Thinking about applying to an MBA program in the next year or two and want to get on the right path? An ex-Director of Admissions from a top business school will evaluate your profile and preparedness for business school. By assessing your strengths and weaknesses well ahead of application time, we will provide you with concrete advice to strengthen your candidacy.
Topics addressed include: planning your career trajectory, addressing academic or testing concerns, extra-curricular opportunities and leadership development, cultivating the relationship with potential recommenders, developing a pre-business school network, and formulating your mission statement. You will gain a clearer view of your path to a top MBA program and a solid action plan to help you get there.
The Comprehensive and Premium School Package services include:
Goal Development: We will coach you through an in-depth reflection process to develop your goals and aspirations both for your MBA experience and your post-MBA plans.
Target School List: We will help you decide which schools best fit your goals and ambitions, and evaluate your chances of admission.
Application Strategy: Together we will develop a compelling case for your candidacy for your chosen schools. We will develop a clear storyline, a plan for mitigating any weaknesses, and a recommended timeline for your plan of action.
School Interaction Strategy: Whether planning school visits or corresponding with members of the school’s admissions office, we will assist you to ensure these interactions reflect well on your candidacy, knowing that every single “touch-point” can have bearing on the final decision.
Recommender Strategy: We have seen many strong candidates torpedoed by weak recommendations, so this is a critical step to plan carefully. We will advise you on how to choose your recommenders and how to best prepare those individuals to write an impactful letter on your behalf.
Essay Editing: We will brainstorm essay approaches and provide you with feedback until we are sure your essays clearly express what is unique and compelling about your story.
Resume Review: In 30 seconds, most Admissions Directors will get a strong sense from your resume of who you are and what is your potential as part of the school community. Our Resume Expert will help you make sure your resume sparkles.
Biodata/Application Forms Review: Every word in the application is important and these forms should not be overlooked. We will review your actual school PDF to ensure that messaging is consistent and presentation on target.
Interview Coaching: You will be put through your paces by our expert team who have collectively interviewed many thousands of MBA candidates. We will walk you through the finer points of managing your interview time, appropriate follow-up, and how to address your understandably sweaty palms. Real-time feedback will allow you to become comfortable with your answers, so that your interaction is natural and confident without being overly rehearsed.
Decision Management: Whether you are wondering what to do or not to do as a waitlisted candidate, or choosing between multiple offers, we will provide you with solid advice on your next steps.
Comprehensive School Package (CSP)
You will work with a dedicated Expert Coach throughout the entire process, from goal development right through to interview coaching and decision management, with input from our resume specialists and a mid-point review of your entire application by one of our former Admissions Directors. Our Fortuna Coaches have held senior positions at the world’s best MBA programs and are uniquely qualified to help you maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.
Premium School Package (PSP)
In addition to working with an Expert Coach, the Premium School Package includes guidance by one of our former Admissions Directors at critical stages of the application process.
Special Package Rates:
1 School Package: $4,725 (CSP) / add $1,425 (PSP)
2 School Package: $6,175 (CSP) / add $1,825 (PSP)
3 School Package: $7,475 (CSP) / add $2,225 (PSP)
4 School Package: $8,775 (CSP) / add $2,625 (PSP)
5 School Package: $10,075 (CSP) / add $3,025 (PSP)
What are my Chances?
Ready to start applying to business school and wondering how the Admissions Committee of a leading MBA program will evaluate your profile? Get advice straight from the top and talk with one of Fortuna’s ex-Admissions Directors who were gatekeepers at some of the world’s leading business schools.
We will assess your profile and share our analysis with you in a one-on-one consultation. Based on our experience we can explain in-depth how Admissions Committees will view your candidacy and identify your strengths and weaknesses versus the competition. You will then receive our written evaluation, including guidance on how you can maximize your chances of admission.
This service is ideal for someone planning to apply for the upcoming application cycle.
MBA Resume Review
Preparing a polished MBA resume is an art in itself. A Fortuna Admissions MBA Resume Expert will work with you to prepare and fine-tune your resume, so that in one page you can showcase your strengths and achievements to the Admissions Committee and make yourself stand out in the competitive admissions process.
Admissions Director’s Evaluation
Nearly ready to submit your application – but not sure if you have done all you can to maximize your chances of admission? Submit it first to a Fortuna Admissions Director for a comprehensive review and get an expert opinion on how your application package will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. We have personally evaluated tens of thousands of applications for top business schools and have been the decision-makers – so no one else is better positioned to tell you how your application will be judged. We will then provide you with feedback on how your application can be improved – and the Fortuna team will edit and polish your essays to ensure your content is as compelling as possible and your case for admission is clearly articulated.
MBA Interview Prep
You’ve been invited to interview – congratulations! If you are feeling nervous, you are in good company – many applicants find the MBA interview the most stressful part of the process. The Fortuna team has conducted thousands of real admissions interviews worldwide and can provide you with invaluable insights and coaching, to enable you to make the best possible impression during that crucial interview.
Traditional Interview Prep:
We will brief you on what to expect through an MBA interview strategy session and then conduct your mock interview via Skype, providing feedback and coaching to enhance performance. Our goal: an interview ready, not over-rehearsed candidate, who can speak with confidence, reflect on past experiences and clearly convey personal strengths and future potential.
Looking for more interview practice or applying to multiple schools with different interview formats? Add a second mock interview and de-brief session: $345
Group Interview Prep:
The team-based mock interview is an opportunity to interact with other candidates in a simulated group session, moderated by a former MBA Admissions Director at Wharton, which mirrors actual group interview situations. Since this format is unusual, and schools like Wharton and Ross place a great deal of importance on collaborative teamwork and informed leadership, this opportunity to do a “dry-run” successfully enables candidates to feel more comfortable on their actual interview day. This option includes a group interview prep session, a 30-minute group interview with other applicants and individual feedback.
MBA Waitlist Strategy
Finding yourself on the MBA waitlist is a bittersweet result: it means that the school has identified you as a highly eligible candidate, but you may or may not finally get selected for a spot in the incoming class. This can be a stressful time for you, stuck in a limbo situation. With our experience of managing waitlists and interacting with waitlisted candidates from the Admissions office, the Fortuna team is ideally positioned to advise you on what you can do to potentially tip the balance in your favor. We will review your application package, debrief with you on your MBA admissions interviews, and then provide you with our assessment of the weaknesses of your candidacy. We will then work with you to craft a strategy for improving your chances of being admitted, and give you advice on the “dos and don’ts” of communicating with the school during this critical period.
Rejected MBA Applicant Strategy
Have you been unsuccessful in your MBA application, and are left wondering why and what to do next? A Fortuna Admissions Director will provide a candid assessment of your entire application package and analyze your interview experience, if relevant. We will then provide you with an expert opinion on the most likely reasons for your rejection. The Fortuna team will then help you to develop a strategy for reapplication in the following admissions cycle – whether you should reapply to the same school, and/or which other schools you should target – so that you can maximize the learning from your rejection and move forward with confidence.
Fortuna Admissions provides advisory services on an hourly basis to help you focus on specific areas of the MBA admissions process that require expert input. You indicate ahead of time the number of hours that you want to book with us, and we will carefully track the time spent working with you, and provide regular details of the work completed.
1 hour: Consultant – $345* / Director – $460*
If you book a bigger block of time the hourly rated is then discounted:
8 hours: Consultant – $2,680 ($335/hour) / Director – $3,520 ($440/hour)
While most clients choose a Comprehensive or Premium School Package, the 8-hour package is the most popular alternative to our all-inclusive services. In 8 hours we can typically cover the strategy development phase, and one or two iterations of review of an application. We will tailor the package to suit your exact needs. To discuss your case and for a proposal of how we can support you on an hourly basis, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Minimum booking: 2 hours
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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