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When it comes to b-school, should women approach the MBA application process any differently?

Jul. 17th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

If asked how they evaluate applications from female applicants relative to their male counterparts, many admissions officers would likely avoid suggesting that women applicants are handled differently. However, with years of MBA admissions experience reviewing thousands of files, we have identified a few common characteristics that are worth exploring. We won’t suggest how we think things should […]

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 […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 4: Your Academic Record – GMAT, GPA, and GRE

May. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

An MBA emphasizes studying business and often the “M” in MBA, which stands for “Master’s”, is overlooked. Any self-respecting business school will want to ensure that you have the academic aptitude to handle a graduate degree. You’ll need to be skillful in math, critical reasoning/logic, and language. Therefore your academic results are important components of […]

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 […]

Our Insider Top Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – LBS

Sep. 12th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

This week we’re focusing on insider tips for another top-ranked European business school – London Business School (LBS). It’s hard to believe that until the mid 1980s, middle management from the Commonwealth had a free ride for their business education at LBS. It seems it was mostly French and U.S. students who bore the total […]

Our Insider Tips on Applying to Ten Top Schools – Chicago Booth

Sep. 2nd, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Next up on our Fortuna Admissions series of insider tips for applying to ten top schools is Chicago Booth. This highly ranked program (#1 in BusinessWeek and The Economist and #2 by Forbes) is known for its academic rigor, focus on innovation, and strong research orientation. Booth is not for everyone and the Admissions team […]

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