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Testimony

We believe Fortuna Admissions offers the best in MBA advisory services. Our clients think so too.

Fortuna and their team have been incredibly helpful and wonderful to work with. As an international reapplicant who faced multiple “dings” last year, I decided to reach out to Fortuna for some advice this year. Their team showed me the weaknesses in my application, and encouraged me to dig deeper into my stories so I could bring out my strengths. I’m so glad I got their help as I’m heading off to CBS next year!

Hong Kong – Admitted to Columbia Business School

I was successful on the first attempt with both my applications, to Insead and LBS, the former even offering a scholarship. Without the tremendous support from the Fortuna team I could not have achieved this. I was not at all familiar with the application process and work involved, but they explained very clearly what was expected of me and guided my every single step.

In our first interaction, they quickly understood my background, gave me detailed feedback and accurately predicted my chances of admission. Their deep knowledge of the schools gave me lots of confidence, and their positive attitude and encouraging words always kept me going, especially during the most stressful times.

I would warmly recommend Fortuna for their extensive experience and tailor-made advice.

Romania – Admitted to LBS and INSEAD

To say I came to Fortuna pretty down in the dumps would be an understatement! I had just been rejected from HBS and Stanford GSB when I sat down to have a free consultation with Matt to assess what had gone wrong. His knowledge of the b-school market and kind but honest demeanor quickly set me at ease and somehow, by the end of the conversation, I felt there was a sliver of hope again. Fast-forward nine months later, and I have been accepted to the Yale School of Management with a full tuition scholarship, MIT Sloan with $110,000, the Wharton Lauder program with $60,000 and my dream school, Stanford GSB, with a full tuition scholarship!!! This alone is evidence of the absolutely fantastic work that Fortuna does.

Fortuna was with me every step of the way. They helped me polish my essays and my confidence. Most importantly, they kept my spirits high during what can be a most miserable process filled with self-doubt (and worries about your low GMAT quant score). Thanks to Judith, I went into my Wharton TBD feeling confident enough to display calm leadership and even make a few friends! With Fortuna, you do not feel like just another applicant; you really feel that they care about the human behind the essays and the GMAT. They celebrate every milestone with you and help you work through the setbacks so you definitely never feel alone.

I truly felt that Fortuna went above and beyond what was promised; they were generous with their time, their network, their advice, and their experience. I would consider them more than coaches, but friends, and recommend the Fortuna team 100%, wholeheartedly! Thanks so much!

Admitted to Stanford GSB with full scholarship, MIT Sloan with $110,000 scholarship, and Wharton with $60,000 scholarship

I had a wonderful experience working with Fortuna and I would recommend the service to any well-qualified candidate who is serious about attending a top school.

I knew my story coming to Fortuna, but they took my execution to the next level. From the first call to the final submission, I received personal, actionable advice and highly relevant admission insights from my coaches. I would like to highlight the essay editing piece, which was superb. My coach really tried to understand what I wanted to express, and helped me to present it better. The mock team-based interview for Wharton was also amazing – I went into the real interview polished and confident. Big shoutout to my awesome coaches Brittany, Judith and Malvina. They are responsive, effective and great to work with.

Business school application is about self-reflection and longterm career vision. Fortuna looked over my shoulder as I presented who I am and what I am passionate about in my application, and that is invaluable.

New York, USA – Admitted to HBS and Wharton

If I had to describe one thing that Fortuna Admissions has given me, I would chose self-confidence. What clinched it for me when discussing with Fortuna is the honesty of the team regarding my profile. During the initial consultation call, Matt gave me a frank assessment of my profile, outlining my strengths and weaknesses. This gave me enough confidence to apply: for instance I was underestimating the weight of my international experience and his advice helped me bring it to light and focus on it in my application. Knowing that you have the former INSEAD Admissions Director, Caroline, evaluating your essays before you submit them is a clear advantage that only Fortuna offers. Again, this gives you much more self-confidence when writing about yourself. Finally, I would like to highlight Susanne’s amazing work, each time giving you the right guidance to choose which elements of the essays to develop and which elements you should keep short.

If you are applying to INSEAD don’t think twice, just chose Fortuna!

France – Admitted to INSEAD

Thanks to you guys I am admitted to the Stanford GSB, my dream school! My journey, as an older applicant with an unusual profile, started with skepticism by other consultants on even considering the Top 5 schools. But you guys always had faith in my candidacy, and encouraged me to give it an honest try. If not for your support I wouldn’t have even applied to the Stanford GSB, and would have perhaps missed out on this life-changing opportunity.

The amazing comfort level that I’ve had working with my coach and director made me dig into some wonderful stories about my personality and aspirations. I think this kind of self-awareness is essential to get into top schools. All the valuable guidance, insight, and expert opinion from my coaches only made the journey far more enjoyable and smooth. It’s noteworthy that my coaches always had time for me, even hours/minutes before the application deadlines.

Needless to say, I wouldn’t have made it to Stanford GSB if not for your support! I can’t thank you guys enough all my life, because that’s how much this matters to me.

India – Admitted to Stanford GSB

I knew how competitive the business school application process is, and I’d heard about many well-qualified applicants get rejected. So I decided to opt for Fortuna Admissions to make sure I didn’t make the same “silly mistakes” and let that be the cause of rejection. The coaches at Fortuna really get to know your background first and then help you articulate that in your application.

Also, don’t think that they do all the work for you while you just sit and relax, because that’s not how it works. The coaches make you reflect hard on your past experiences, even more so than any business school application. The coaches constantly push you to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward in your application, though you are always in the driver’s seat.

Virginia, USA – Admitted to HBS

My Fortuna advisors were able to genuinely understand where I was in my career and my motivations for attending business school, and suggest the right programs and strategy for applying to the best programs.  They really grasped where I was coming from, and where I wanted to go.

UK – Admitted to Stanford GSB

Much to my pleasure and gratification, working with Fortuna helped remove the uncertainty and anxiety of an already nerve-wracking process. As early as my initial consultation, Matt made it clear to me that I could not only be a strong applicant, but a standout one! Working with the Fortuna team allowed me to bounce ideas off of former admissions officers who not only had insider admissions experience, but who could also give me in-depth and insightful feedback on how to create a three-dimensional, engaging, and representative version of my academic and professional experiences, my ambitions in the business world, and the real-and-true-me on a flat application.
When I was offered interviews, Fortuna’s experts were there to coach me and give me the pep talks I needed to get through some of the toughest academic and professional experiences I have had to date. Fast forward four short months and I was accepted into my top choice (HBS!) and could not be more excited for what lies ahead.
I believe that Fortuna can help make any good applicant into a great one, but for me, the most valuable part of working with them was having a team of energetic, informed, motivating, and smart people on the sidelines coaching and cheering me through the entire process. Thank you, Fortuna!

New York, USA – Admitted to HBS and MIT Sloan

I would highly recommend Fortuna to any of my peers applying to an MBA program. Despite my lower GMAT score, Fortuna’s insightful comments and knowledgeable support helped me craft four strong applications, and make what could have been a painful process into a sometimes even fun one!

New York, USA – Admitted to WHARTON, KELLOGG, DARDEN and COLUMBIA

Fortuna was incredibly helpful in my application process. The launch questionnaire and strategy call saved me a lot of time, allowing me to brainstorm ideas and begin writing about the examples I would use in my applications. My essays were much more effective because of the feedback that you and Michel provided. Your comments were insightful and gave me a chance to think about how I could better express what I wanted to say to the admissions committees.

New York, USA – Admitted to UC BERKELEY HAAS

Just the thought of applying to B School would make me anxious and irritable. The essays, recommendations, resume (the list goes on). On top of that – I didn’t have a stellar GMAT score. I had done a lot of research for a month on which MBA Consultant to hire and spoke to countless MBA consultants. Fortuna became an obvious choice for the following reasons –

1. Super responsive team – I filled the form on the website and within 12 hours Matt reached out to me. We spoke on the phone for over an hour to discuss my chances. He was very honest on my strengths and weaknesses – there was no sugar coating.
2. Inside knowledge of Business School – My top choice was INSEAD and Caroline was the perfect choice to help me with my essays. She knows exactly what the school wants. In addition, she is not afraid to tell you to change the topic of your essays even though you worked on it for one month and took 5 drafts to get there.
3. Coach and Director Team – It always helps to have two set of eyes and opinions on your essays. Also, the team would provide comments on my essays within 24 hours.

Fortuna team made the process of writing essays fun and easy. I don’t think I would have been able to get into INSEAD without their help. Thank you very much for giving me a chance to live the most exciting year of my life!

New York, USA – Admitted to INSEAD

I spoke to a few admissions consultants before settling on Fortuna. What differentiated Fortuna from the rest was obvious: they understand the admissions process better than anyone else. In a practical sense, most admissions consultants will be able to help you craft a good strategy but then again most of your competition will be using someone else to do the same. For me, the real value in Fortuna was their ability to say ‘you’ve got a good profile and a good strategy, but let’s inject some ‘wow’ factor.’ At the end of the admissions process, the adcoms must read thousands of apps and what I felt I submitted was both top notch in terms of ticking the boxes, but more importantly the one application they will remember amongst the many thousands. The result? Admission.

Washington DC, USA – Admitted to KELLOGG

Still can’t believe it, I got in at INSEAD! I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Caroline, whose advice was invaluable in helping me craft my application. With Caroline’s timely and thorough feedback, I was able to draw upon the right experiences that allowed me to put my best foot forward. The process was an enlightening one, where I was constantly challenged to refine my thoughts and ideas. The insight and knowledge that was afforded to me, gave me confidence throughout the application process. I would highly recommend this experience to any prospective applicants out there and I want to express my sincerest appreciation to Fortuna Admissions in helping me realize my goal!

Canada – Admitted to INSEAD

The most helpful thing about working with Fortuna was strategizing how best to present myself in my application. I chose Fortuna over other consultants because of the team’s experience in Wharton admissions as well as her enthusiasm for helping me translate my non-traditional background into a form that the admissions committee would understand.

Going into the MBA application process, I felt relatively comfortable writing essays and interviewing, but what I found really helpful about working with Judith was her ability to cut through the brush of my ideas and experiences and identify the core theme which would help me distinguish myself as an applicant. Strategizing with her beforehand to identify what aspects of my experience to highlight, as well as to clarify what questions each essay was asking allowed me to write the dizzying number of applicant essays with confidence and speed. Speaking with her before I wrote made a painful process relatively easy, as it allowed me to focus on writing my essays instead of stressing about what essay I should write.

Applying from China, there was always a 13-hour time difference between Judith and me, but she always made her self available to talk despite the temporal challenges. She was really passionate about helping me tell me my story.

I wanted to go to Wharton and Fortuna gave me the guidance and confidence to make that possible. Mission accomplished!

China – Admitted to WHARTON

After spending a full year researching different programmes and taking exams, I was exhausted and unconfident about my future for getting into a decent MBA programme. In May 2013, I decided to work with Fortuna Admissions, just wanting to give a final try on my MBA application journey without any firm assertion that this would bring me into a top-ranked programme.

Signing up with Fortuna was one of best decisions I have ever made. Working with my two coaches Emma and Malvina gave me unlimited access to the world-class MBA admission advice which is up to date, insightful, intelligent and thorough. We formed a great team over the whole application process from defining my unique selling points at the beginning to the mock interview at the end. All of this had only one and a unique objective which was to make me a distinctive applicant knowing ins and outs of the entire MBA application process.

For me, working with Fortuna Admissions coaches was not just about getting into an elite MBA programme, but also about knowing myself better, truly reflecting on my future goals, and becoming stronger and more confident.

Luxembourg – Admitted to LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

I had a wonderful experience working with Fortuna for my MBA application. I chose them because their consultants and senior directors have extensive experience in MBA admission at top programs, and signed up for the comprehensive package. It was worth every penny. I got premium services for every step in the application process: school selection, recommender strategy, essay writing, resume editing, interview preparation, and waitlist management. My director and consultant did an incredible job in highlighting my greatest professional and personal experience to put forward the best application.

My coach was very focused, dedicated, and patient.  She made the effort to learn my background and experience, making the service very personal and tailored. Her understanding of my profile also helped her to provide very insightful inputs throughout the process.  There was no time or iteration limit on essay editing or strategy consulting. We had a lot of long phone calls to discuss all kinds of questions I had during application, and the Fortuna team was devoted to deliver the results that their client would be satisfied with. Whenever I felt further editing was needed, or 2 days before the deadline, my coach responded very promptly and actively to meet my requests. Without their advice and support, I would not have been admitted to my dream business school!

All in all, I highly recommend Fortuna Admissions. This is a highly experienced professional team that is a pleasure to work with to help you achieve your goals.

Pittsburgh, USA – Admitted to KELLOGG and CMU TEPPER;  also secured generous scholarship

I spoke to a few admissions consultants before settling on Fortuna. What differentiated Fortuna from the rest was obvious: they understand the admissions process better than anyone else. In a practical sense, most admissions consultants will be able to help you craft a good strategy but then again most of your competition will be using someone else to do the same. For me, the real value in Fortuna was their ability to say ‘you’ve got a good profile and a good strategy, but let’s inject some ‘wow’ factor.’ At the end of the admissions process, the adcoms must read thousands of apps and what I felt I submitted was both top notch in terms of ticking the boxes, but more importantly the one application they will remember amongst the many thousands. The result? Admission.

UK – Admitted to INSEAD and LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL

The Fortuna team was amazing in their advice, and their sense of the culture and the pulse at MIT Sloan, my top choice, was unmatched. Preparing for the interview with Judith was absolutely instrumental in setting me at ease, helping me manage my expectations on interview day, and focusing me on the fit and what I could contribute within the MIT community. I cannot express how grateful I am for Fortuna’s contribution to this next chapter in my life!’

Boston, USA – Admitted to MIT SLOAN

The team at Fortuna were just fantastic. From day 1, I had a road map to follow and they supported me every step of the way. Communicating with the Director and Coach was easy, clear and quick. They not only prepared me but motivated me throughout the admission process. The team’s recommendations and advice really helped me in my MBA applications to INSEAD and IMD, and I was delighted to gain admissions to both. Overall, Fortuna was worth every penny, and I wholeheartedly recommend the team to others.”

UK – Admitted to INSEAD and IMD

Three aspects differentiate your admissions coaching from many other admissions consultants:
1) you have first-hand knowledge of the admissions process at the top business schools (and not in a secondary role as many others) and can leverage that experience.
2) you have extensive experience in working with international applicants.
3) you are is actually a fun team to work with. You may spend many stressful months working on your applications and therefore this is important.

Philadelphia, USA – Admitted to STANFORD GSB

I’m in at HBS! I still can’t believe it. We’ve worked so hard putting everything together, and I guess the final result speaks for itself. I’m so glad that you gave me the confidence to believe in my potential, and made sure that I stood out from the hundreds of other financial services guys.
I know there is no magic formula for getting into Harvard, but the advice you gave me and the examples that you encouraged me to use must have hit the right buttons.
The mock-interviews were also invaluable – I went in feeling prepared, and applied the listening skills we talked about to really engage with the interviewer.

UK – Admitted to HBS

Fortuna’s help was invaluable. They are really good at taking who you are and packaging it in a way that best captures your greatness. Input on how to keep the general content of my essays while meeting a tight word count was incredibly helpful and served to strengthen my essays. They challenge you to think deeply about your post-MBA plans and don’t let you submit until your purpose sounds strong enough. I also got insider tips on admissions that were very helpful and I would not have thought of otherwise. I am confident that I created the strongest possible application to represent myself.

San Francisco, USA – Admitted to HBS

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I truly felt that Fortuna went above and beyond what was promised; they were generous with their time, their network, their advice, and their experience. I would consider them more than coaches, but friends, and recommend the Fortuna team 100%, wholeheartedly!

Admitted to Stanford GSB with full scholarship, MIT Sloan with $110,000 scholarship, and Wharton with $60,000 scholarship

Still can’t believe it, I got in at INSEAD!  Fortuna’s advice was invaluable in helping me craft my application.  With timely and thorough feedback, I was able to draw upon the right experiences that allowed me to put my best foot forward. I would highly recommend this experience to any prospective applicants.

S.V., Ottawa – Admitted to INSEAD

You have first-hand knowledge of the admissions process (and not in a secondary role as many others) and can leverage that experience.
You are also a fun team to work with. Working for months on your applications can be stressful so this makes a difference.

J.F., Philadelphia – Admitted to Stanford GSB

Working with Fortuna is like having Warren Buffett as your personal financial advisor.

D.B., London – Admitted to HBS

I have been admitted to Stanford! This would never have been possible without your help. Beyond helping me correct the structure of the essays you helped me push my thinking especially on the ‘what matters most to me’ question.

A.B., Paris – Admitted to Stanford GSB

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