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What New Dean Erika James Means for the Wharton MBA

Jun. 30th, 2020 | by: Curtis Johnson

On July 1, Erika James succeeds Geoff Garrett as Dean of The Wharton School, my alma mater. The late February announcement – sandwiched at the end of Black History Month and just before Women’s History Month – was well timed, as James represents both the first woman and first Black person to serve as dean in Wharton’s […]

Wharton MBA Essay Tips: How to Tackle the New Question

Jun. 29th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

The Wharton School debuted a new required MBA essay question for the 2020-2021 application. Like Columbia’s new essay question, it pushes candidates to get more personal while giving them greater latitude to do so: “Taking into consideration your background—personal, professional, and/or academic—how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community?” (400 […]

Introducing Fortuna Careers: Pivot & Open the Door to Your Future

Jun. 22nd, 2020 | by: Catherine Tuttle

The decision to make a career transition can be exciting, but at the same time intimidating. Add in a global pandemic that’s upending industries worldwide and you likely have extreme new levels of conflicting personal concerns. While the most optimistic may contend that times like these are teemed with opportunity for personal growth, we know […]

Rejection: How to Deal with Business School Dings

Jun. 18th, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

Fortuna Director Caroline Diarte Edwards is co-hosting a weekly podcast, Business Casual, with Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief John Byrne and ApplicantLab Founder Maria Wich-Villa. Each 30-minutes session is packed with valuable insights and timely perspectives. This episode focuses on dealing with rejection, including how to assess next steps and ultimately bounce back to reposition a successful application. You […]

Covid-19 Volunteer Opportunities: Tips for Prospective MBAs

Jun. 15th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

The Covid-19 Crisis presents a special opportunity to be of service with your expertise – especially for MBA hopefuls who are light on extracurriculars. I was incredibly gratified to receive a message on LinkedIn from a prospective MBA applicant named Harley. Inspired by the call to action in my recent article for Poets&Quants, Extracurriculars In […]

How to Tackle the Columbia Business School MBA Essays

Jun. 5th, 2020 | by: Karen Hamou

Columbia Business School just posted its deadlines for the Class of 2023, along with a new essay question that goes further than before to push candidates to get personal. Unlike its M7 rivals, Columbia operates on a rolling admissions process – both for early and regular decisions – and applications are reviewed in the order […]

MBA Admissions Advice for Applicants from Asia

Jun. 4th, 2020 | by: Jenifer Raver

Join our free, live webinar, A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for SE Asian Applicants, on June 6/7 (depending on your time zone). I’m hosting this one-hour strategy session designed for students from the ASEAN region, along with my Fortuna Admissions colleagues Judith Silverman Hodara, Nonie Mackie and Heidi Hillis. We’ll explore the unique benefits and opportunities […]

Advice From Heads of MBA Admissions at HBS, Kellogg, UT McCombs, EGADE

May. 21st, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Our second in this series of conversations from the CentreCourt MBA Festival include candid insights from the MBA Admissions gatekeepers at Harvard Business School, Kellogg Northwestern, UT Austin McCombs and EGADE in a panel hosted by Fortuna’s Matt Symonds. Topics range from admissions responses to Covid-19, deferrals for admits, extracurricular leadership during the pandemic, what […]

Advice from heads of MBA Admissions at Stanford GSB, UCLA Anderson, Berkeley Haas, UW Foster

May. 18th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

 View the candid insights shared by these elite admissions gatekeepers on topics ranging from Covid-19 admissions changes to what they’re seeking in applicants, recommender advice, mistakes to avoid, and more. On April 28, 29 & May 5, the CentreCourt MBA Festival – in its debut virtual format – brought together the Admissions Directors, Career […]

Live May 27 Webinar with London Business School’s Admissions Director

May. 14th, 2020 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

Free, live webinar with London Business School’s Admissions Director Wednesday, May 27 @ 12 pm ET / 5 pm GMT Register now for the opportunity to join an exclusive conversation between London Business School Admissions gatekeepers, past and present! Fortuna Admissions Director and former LBS Senior Manager of MBA Admissions, Emma Bond, hosts a candid conversation […]

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