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How to Ace Your MBA Video Questions

Nov. 16th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

The video statement isn’t only a challenge – it’s a valuable opportunity to bring your application to life. More business schools are adopting a video component in their applications than ever before. This year, MIT made the move from optional to mandatory, and last year Rotman, Yale and INSEAD adopted the practice. While programs have […]

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Maximizing Need-Based Financial Aid for an MBA

Nov. 7th, 2017 | by: College Coach

By: Michelle Clifton, Senior Manager of College Finance, College Coach Reducing the overall cost of an MBA program is a top priority for many students. Some programs provide merit scholarships to entice applicants, others offer need-based grants or scholarships to help lessen the financial burden. Graduate need-based financial aid applications are based on your income […]

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What To Do Now That You’ve Submitted Your MBA Application

Nov. 6th, 2017 | by: Catherine Tuttle

You’ve logged long hours at work to keep clients happy, agonized over essays, juggled GMAT study sessions amid competing priorities, and exhausted loved ones with your seemingly obsessive commitment to perfecting your business school application. Finally, you’ve hit submit. Now what? First, congratulations – what an enormous accomplishment! DO stop to celebrate this huge milestone, […]

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What MBA Admissions Really Want: From Stanford GSB, Booth, Tuck & More

Oct. 30th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Admissions Directors from Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB, INSEAD and other top programs get candid about your spike factor, unicorns and top qualities they’re looking for in MBA candidates. “I don’t want unicorns,” says Kristen Moss, Stanford GSB Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Admissions. “Leadership doesn’t come from a socio-economic status, it doesn’t come from […]

Recommenders: Does Prestige Matter and Mistakes to Avoid

Jun. 24th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Would your chances of gaining admission to a top MBA program be improved if you had a recommendation letter written by the President of the U.S.? Although it might seem like a good idea to have one of the most powerful leaders in the world write on your behalf, our team at Fortuna Admissions debated […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to B-School – Step 10: Letters of Recommendation

Jun. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In this step we’ll discuss a very important component of your application: letters of recommendation. Every MBA application requires candidates to submit letters of recommendation, which provide the admissions office with valuable insight into how you’re viewed by others. The recommenders that you select, and the strength, thoroughness, and enthusiasm of what they write is […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to B-School – Step 9: MBA Application Essays – Strengths and Weaknesses, Accomplishments and Failures, Open-ended Questions

Jun. 17th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Previously in this series, we identified five common themes found in essays. In addition to those, some of the most daunting essay questions for candidates to address are topics that force you to be self-reflective and reveal your level of self-awareness. Candidates can sometimes be unduly modest and uncomfortable promoting themselves and discussing their strengths. […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School – Step 8: MBA Application Essays ‒ Your Contribution To The MBA Program And Fit

Jun. 12th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

  There are several themes that recur in essay questions that business schools ask so we’ll provide some MBA essay tips for these. Earlier in this series, we looked at three common themes around ‘Why an MBA now?”, “Why this MBA?”, and “What’s your career vision?”. Admissions committees also want to ensure they’re admitting positive […]

12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School – Step 6: MBA Application Essays ‒ Starting The Process

Jun. 1st, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Tackling application essays for business school is a daunting task. They’re a critical part of your sales pitch. Your application may be read by a bleary-eyed administrator who’s already waded through hundreds of files that day ‒ with only yours keeping him from turning in for the night. So how do you grab his attention? […]

The 12 Steps On How To Apply To Business School Series – Step 5: Your CV/Resume And Application Data Form

May. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Certain business schools, such as Harvard, Wharton, and Tuck, have reduced the number of essays thus making your resume and biographical data a more critical part of the process. Often overlooked, or reduced to an uninspiring list of dates, places, and job titles, or qualifications, the resume is a critical component and overview to your […]

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