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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 […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 1: Do Your Research

Apr. 20th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions was asked by The Economist to write a multi-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth, IE Business School, Kellogg, and UC Berkeley Haas have contributed to this series of articles. Below is an […]

A History of the US News MBA Ranking 1990 – 2014

Mar. 25th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

One of the longest-established of the big five media MBA rankings, US News recently released its twenty-fifth annual ranking of US-based MBA programs. Although BusinessWeek claims it published the first full b-school assessment in 1998, actually US News published a business school reputation survey in 1987, which would make it the oldest MBA ranking. However, […]

Why Do MBA Admissions Rely So Heavily on the GMAT?

Sep. 11th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

The GMAT is often the primary source of frustration and anxiety for the MBA hopefuls whose chances of admissions success we assess at Fortuna Admissions. From successful entrepreneurs to fast-track financial analysts, time and again you see talented young professionals whose applications are let down by their overall GMAT score, or a below-par score in the Quantitative […]

Self reflection and how to position your candidacy; GPA and GMAT; the résumé (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 20th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Whether you are convinced that you want to do an MBA, or are just entertaining the idea, we recommend that you spend a long time on self-reflection. Most business schools want to know more about you than just your CV. They want to get a sense of what makes you tick. You will have to answer some profound questions in the application essays and at the interviews. Why are you unique? What are your ambitions? Chicago Booth asks candidates to “Tell us something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think.” Answering such questions in a way that will attract the admission officer’s eye requires considerable self-awareness and maturity.

First Steps on the Road to Business School (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 6th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions has been asked by The Economist to write a four-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth,  IE Business School, Kellogg and UC Berkeley Haas are answering readers’ questions over the course of the coming weeks. Part one: […]

10 Tips for Acing the MBA Interview

Jan. 23rd, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

(Fortuna featured in Forbes) For thousands of MBA hopefuls, January is the month when they hit the ‘submit’ button on their applications to the world’s top business schools. Having crafted their essays, nailed the GMAT, tightened their resume, and cajoled their supervisors for a letter of recommendation, everything is set to meet the round 2 […]

Top B-Schools Make Changes to MBA Admissions, but the Strategy for Success Remains the Same

Dec. 6th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Did your chances of securing a place at one of the world’s top business schools just improve? Well yes, … and no. Several of the top US full-time MBA programmes have reported a significant drop in applicant numbers in the last 12 months, including the Columbia Business School with a 19% drop, and NYU Stern […]

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Nov. 20th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Beyond the headlines of the latest Bloomberg Businessweek MBA ranking, there is a tremendous amount of data for potential business school applicants to analyze. From class size, cost, and curriculum to community spirit and careers, the survey responses from more than 10,000 graduates provide invaluable perspectives on the search for the right MBA fit. The Rankings History, […]

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