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Deadlines Announced for the 2018-2019 MBA Admissions Season

Apr. 19th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

We’re off and running: Harvard Business School just announced an R1 deadline for the Class of 2021 of Wednesday, September 5, 2018. And to keep everyone on their toes over the holidays, the HBS R2 deadline is Thursday, January 3, 2019. Columbia Business School, the only top US school that uses rolling admissions, has confirmed October 3, […]

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GMAT Changes & What They Mean for You

Apr. 11th, 2018 | by: Joanna Graham

The new changes to the GMAT exam announced last week by GMAC are prompting an exhale for anyone who is preparing for the exam. The headline-grabbing news was that the GMAT will be 30 minutes shorter due to a new, slimmer format that shaves 23 minutes off the exam sections, starting April 16. Given the […]

Maximizing Your Personal Interaction With Business Schools

Mar. 30th, 2018 | by: Kristen Beyers

Part 2 of this article highlights key dos and don’ts for making the best possible impression at the key touchpoints for personal interaction offered by your top MBA programs.  I had hundreds of memorable interactions with prospective students when I served as Yale SOM’s Deputy Director of Admissions, both positive and cringe-worthy (remember: memorable doesn’t […]


Mar. 29th, 2018 | by: Kristen Beyers

From campus visits to MBA networking events, you want to take advantage of these key touchpoints on offer from your top schools.  A major milestone in the business school application process is your admissions interview, but if you’re lucky enough to receive one it shouldn’t be your first interaction with the program. Sensing mutual “fit” […]

US News MBA Rankings Analysis: It’s Chicago Booth for the Win

Mar. 26th, 2018 | by: Fortuna

  Ranking success isn’t unusual for Chicago Booth, which has enjoyed the #1 in BusinessWeek and The Economist, and #2 in Forbes, and maintained its top four ranking in our annual Fortuna Ranking of Rankings for the past seven years. Yet Booth’s first place finish last week at the top of the US News MBA […]


Mar. 13th, 2018 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

  In our days as admissions directors at Wharton and INSEAD (respectively), we read many a terrific application that was undermined, lamentably, by a careless or sloppy error signaling a rush job. In the highly competitive process of MBA admissions, your thoughtful preparation matters. It’s not enough to be fully qualified – more than 80 […]

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MBA Financing Myths

Mar. 8th, 2018 | by: College Coach

Working in college finance for the past 17 years, I have heard just about every rumor out there in terms of how to get a deal on your degree. MBA candidates, in particular, tend to have a mind for finance and are acutely aware of making the most of their investment. In service of maximizing […]

6 Tips On Asking A Business School For More Money

Mar. 6th, 2018 | by: College Coach

  Negotiations play a large role in the world of business, and the art of the deal will – no doubt – be a subject of much discussion during your MBA program. And while your negotiation skills will surely improve over the course of your studies, you may get a chance to test those skills […]

Choosing Between MBA Admissions Offers

Mar. 1st, 2018 | by: Heidi Hillis

Are you in the rare and enviable position of receiving offers from two of your dream schools? Maybe you’ve been offered a sizable scholarship, but not from your top choice program. Deciding whether to accept an offer from a safety school or apply again in the next cycle is another flavor of nerve-wracking. Given that […], Fortuna Admissions

Top 4 Tips for Financing your MBA

Feb. 21st, 2018 | by: MPOWER Financing

If you’re applying to MBA programs, it’s probably not a surprise that it is a major financial commitment. Not only will you forgo two years of potential earnings, but you’ll also have to pay for accommodations, supplies and tuition. On average, this means giving up approximately $200,000 in earnings while paying about the same amount […]

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