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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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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 […]

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US SCHOOLS DOMINATE ECONOMIST 2017 RANKINGS, KELLOGG CROWNED #1

Oct. 26th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

The Economist has a reputation for being the most volatile of the MBA rankings, and its global 2017 full time MBA ranking released today is no exception, with 27 schools that moved up or down by double digits. The headline? Total, complete and utter domination by the US schools. This is likely driven by the […]

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Blue Ocean Shift – How to Seize New Growth and Inspire Confidence

Oct. 13th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Why INSEAD professors and bestselling authors say the best way to beat the competition is to stop trying to beat the competition. Image: Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim, authors of Blue Ocean Strategy In creating new market spaces, why do some companies succeed while others fail? It’s a question that’s studied in business school […]

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LBS & INSEAD: Q&A from a Live Strategy Session with Admissions Insiders

Aug. 7th, 2017 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

By Caroline Diarte Edwards There are a lot of good reasons to consider an international MBA. For one, five of the top 10 schools in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2017 are European programs. At the same time, unique factors abound when crafting a winning application. Two directors from our team of former MBA admissions […]

New! INSEAD to weight the IR section of GMAT

May. 27th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Over the last five years, INSEAD and other programs have accumulated a strong body of data on IR scores from candidates and students, and how it correlates with academic performance. Now, INSEAD is placing greater emphasis upon IR score.

Why now is a good time to apply for an International MBA

Mar. 26th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Once you know an MBA is right for you, it’s understandable to want to be there as soon as possible. So where does this put you? While the window has closed to apply for fall entry to most top US schools, if you still want to apply to now, consider the international b-school options.

What INSEAD’s #1 Rankings Repeat Means for the School

Feb. 6th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

They say that lightning never strikes twice. But the bolt from the FT that jolted the world of MBA rankings 12 months ago has struck again. The FT announces that INSEAD has maintained its place at #1 for the second consecutive year, ahead of Stanford GSB, Wharton and Harvard Business School. It took 19 years for a one-year MBA program to reach the FT rankings summit, and to maintain the position speaks to INSEAD’s international credentials, research, and earnings power of alumni. Fortuna Director and former INSEAD Director of Admissions, Caroline Diarte Edwards, shares her insights behind the school’s success.

How To Say More With Less In Your MBA Application

Sep. 15th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

This year we’ve seen a continuing trend of reductions in word limits and essay questions across MBA programs, creating limited space for you to communicate your strengths, potential, and values to adcoms. With such limits, where do you begin?! What should you focus on? And how much should you write? Your challenge is to say more with less.

INSEAD Introduces Video Component to MBA Application

Jul. 26th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

INSEAD’S MBA Program recently announced some changes to the admissions process for the September 2017 and beyond, adding a new video component asking 4 questions and dropping 1 essay on cultural diversity.

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