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Berkeley Haas Essays: Strategy & Tips

Aug. 7th, 2020 | by: Sharon Joyce

 Berkeley Haas is at the forefront of addressing inclusivity in business school and beyond, seeking to create and cultivate a community that reflects genuine diversity in every sense of the word. As such, Haas is looking for candidates who demonstrate self- and situational awareness, which is an invitation to be both introspective and authentic across […]

HBS, Stanford GSB & Wharton: Inside the MBA Admissions Essay Masterclass

Aug. 4th, 2020 | by: Matt Symonds

If you missed our inaugural MBA Admissions Essay Masterclass featuring the HBS, Stanford GSB and Wharton, not to worry! You can now access all the wisdom and advice from our conversation by viewing the webinar recording. From Adaptability Quotient (AQ) to leadership with a ‘lowercase l’, defining WHY to then show HOW something is unique […]

MIT Sloan MBA Strategy: How to Tackle the Application

Aug. 3rd, 2020 | by: Brittany Maschal

MIT Sloan’s MBA application typifies the institution’s innovation ethos and forgoes the norms of its M7 peers. It’s a beast of an application, and tackling it successfully requires a different strategy than any other program. The usual materials requested by the majority of business schools include the application biodata, a one-page resume, essays and typically […]

Kellogg MBA Essays: Strategy & Tips

Jul. 31st, 2020 | by: Jason Yeh

In a year fraught with uncertainty and Covid-related MBA admissions changes, it feels reassuring that the MBA essays for Kellogg Northwestern remain unchanged. The key to delivering a series of standout essays to Kellogg is to embrace your genuine story. Weaving an authentically crafted narrative that conveys your passions and clarity of purpose — in a […]

How To Research MBA Programs: 4 Key Tips in an Atypical Year

Jul. 28th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Until now, my advice to business school hopefuls looking to research MBA programs was to find a way to visit campus to get a gut feel for whether you can see yourself there or not. Meeting the people and hanging out with the students – by attending a class, chatting with staff, and soaking up the […]

Stanford GSB Essays: Tips & Strategy on Writing What Matters Most

Jul. 27th, 2020 | by: Matt Symonds

This year’s suite of MBA essays from the Stanford GSB, two required, two optional short-answer, present a formidable exercise in self-awareness – to understand why we do the things we do, why we make certain choices in life, and the opportunities and challenges we face. Take this on as a personal feat, not just a series […]

MBA Waitlist Strategy: Key Tips for Navigating the Covid Cycle

Jul. 23rd, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

While the waitlist can be tormenting, there are specific actions you can take now to increase your chances of MBA admissions success. One of my Fortuna Admissions colleagues heard recently from an anxious client who is still in limbo on the HBS waitlist – and, she’s not alone. No matter that HBS is not wading through […]

Answers to Your Most Common MBA Questions & Why Apply Now

Jul. 16th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Through social listening, Business Casual came up with a list of the most common questions now being asked by MBA applicants and attempted to answer them. In this 30-minute conversation, I caught up with my Business Casual co-hosts from Poets&Quants and Applicant Lab discuss the merits of applying now, how some online learning is here […]

How to Get Off the Waitlist

Jul. 9th, 2020 | by: Matt Symonds

Business school waitlists have been significantly expanded for a number of reasons – the unknown issue of how many students will defer given travel restrictions or difficulty to get a student visa, as well as the fact that many MBA programs are kicking off with a hybrid format blending courses online and in person. This […]

HBS Essay: 5 Key Tips on What Harvard Wants

Jul. 7th, 2020 | by: Karla Cohen

Harvard Business School opened its application earlier this month affirming that its singular essay question remains intact: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?” For many applicants, this question feels maddeningly open ended – paralyzing even – […]

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