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The Ideal Timetable To Do A B-School Application (featured in Poets & Quants 05/08/14)

Jun. 5th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

If it’s appealing to throw together your business school application the week before the deadline, think twice. Admissions can easily distinguish between last-minute applicants and those that have put considerable time and effort into their application. SCHOOLS OFTEN FILTER OUT THE LAST-MINUTE APPLICANTS Did you think it was an urban myth that candidates apply to […]

How ExtraCurriculars Can Make You Extra Special (featured in Forbes 05/07/14)

May. 22nd, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Admission teams typically receive more applications for a seat in their MBA program than they have places to fill. So how do they select who to interview among so many qualified applicants? An often underestimated way to differentiate your MBA application from the competition is through extracurricular activities. Why do business schools pay such close […]

The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 2: Plan Your Timing

Apr. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Step 2: Plan your timing Fortuna Admissions has been 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 […]

An Insider’s Perspective on INSEAD’s New Essays

Feb. 21st, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

By Caroline Diarte Edwards, Former Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD If you’re in the process of applying to INSEAD, or plan to in the future, you should be aware that INSEAD just released a revised set of MBA essay questions. These changes are not as far reaching as those made by some U.S. schools […]

Worried About Weaknesses in your MBA Application? Offer Explanations, Not Excuses

Jul. 30th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Though a handful of applicants to top MBA programs seem to have all the elements to write their own ticket—magna cum laude from a prestigious university, fast-track career progression at a Fortune 500 company, or co-founder of an innovative tech firm, with perhaps an Olympic medal and impressive charitable work thrown in for good measure—the […]

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.

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