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Insider Tips on the Top European MBA Programs: London Business School, INSEAD & IE

Sep. 23rd, 2019 | by: Fortuna

We’ve summarized the highlights and key insights from our recent live strategy session: Decoding the Essays for the Top European MBA Programs.   This includes top application tips and essay advice for London Business School, INSEAD and IE Madrid by former directors of admissions at each respective school. Get a glimpse of the detail contained […]

Fortuna Admissions Stanford MBA Deep Dive Analysis

Sep. 18th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

What do an NFL running back, an entrepreneurial architect from Uruguay and a Deloitte analyst with a stint in the White House have in common? All of them secured one of 419 coveted seats out of 7,797 applications to Stanford GSB last year. This demand for so few places explains why Stanford is the most […]

Financing Your MBA: Fellowships & Assistantships

Sep. 17th, 2019 | by: College Coach

In the world of MBA financial aid, you’ll often see more than just grants and scholarships mentioned as funding opportunities. Fellowships and assistantships are prominent and sought-after awards in b-school recruitment. However, it’s important to know these terms may refer to different types of awards at various institutions. At some of the most selective b-schools, […]

5 Insider Tips on Applying for the Duke Fuqua MBA

Aug. 28th, 2019 | by: Catherine Tuttle

Duke University’s Fuqua School of has ascended to one of the top international business schools in its somewhat brief history. Fuqua is routinely ranked among the best domestic MBA programs – #10 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019 and recognized by Forbes as one of the most globally-focused schools in the US. With the […]

New Stanford GSB Short Answer Essay: 3 Insider Tips

Aug. 19th, 2019 | by: Heidi Hillis

There have been no major changes to the Stanford GSB admissions essays in some 15 years (see our recent how-to article on GSB’s enduring ‘what matters most’ essay) – until now. The noteworthy change for the 2019-2020 season is the addition of the Short-Answer essay. The Optional Short-Answer Essay Question: Think about times you’ve created […]

How to Answer the New Berkeley Haas MBA Essay Questions

Jul. 26th, 2019 | by: Sharon Joyce

Berkeley Haas revamped all of its essay questions for the 2019-2020 application season (two mandatory, one optional). Gone is the invitation to outline your immediate post-MBA goals and the tricky, Hemingwayesque six-word story prompt. The sentiment behind  Haas’s optional, two -sentence question remains intact, albeit slightly  distilled from almost 200 words of explicit context-setting for […]

Tips on Financial Aid for Part-Time MBAs

Jul. 12th, 2019 | by: College Coach

The harsh reality is that scholarships and grants for part-time MBA students are limited. Many institutions who award scholarships to part-time students offer small awards, and they may not be renewed after the first year, or even first term. Part-time programs often assume that your employer will be sponsoring your degree through tuition assistance. If […]


7 Essential Tips for GMAT Prep

Jun. 26th, 2019 | by: Joanna Graham

Business schools have reported a significant rise in GMAT averages over the last 15 years. Last fall, the average GMAT score was 732 for the incoming classes of Stanford GSB, Wharton and Kellogg, and for HBS it was 730. And while your GMAT score is just one component in your broader narrative, it’s clear why […]

5 Top Tips: Reapply to Harvard Business School

Jun. 24th, 2019 | by: Karla Cohen

Don’t presume that Harvard Business School isn’t interested in your candidacy solely because you’ve been rejected before. Often, MBA candidates endure more than one application cycle before securing a coveted place at their dream school. Furthermore, approximately 10 percent of HBS candidates apply more than once. Navigating the process once gives you more concrete information […]

Positioning A Post-MBA Pivot to Consulting In Your Business School Applications

Jun. 21st, 2019 | by: Michel Belden

The possibility of making a career transition to consulting from an unrelated discipline is the motivating factor for many a business school candidate, especially given the willingness of consulting firms to recruit MBAs from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. The challenge, however, is that “consulting” has morphed into an overarching, reflexive professional aspiration for MBA […]

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