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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 […], Fortuna Admissions, FT global MBA ranking 2018

FT MBA Rankings 2018 Analysis – Business School Rankings

Feb. 8th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

Stanford‘s ascent to #1 in the FT Global MBA Ranking 2018 is sure to make headlines. GSB graduates are reporting remarkable salary figures – the first time a b-school has published average alumnus salary over $200k three years after graduation, so this result isn’t surprising. The FT rewards weighted salary (20%) and salary increase (20%) […]

This Season’s MBA Essay Changes, and How to Tackle Them

Jan. 17th, 2018 | by: Matt Symonds

According to legend, novelist Ernest Hemingway was challenged by fellow writers to tell a full story in six words. His response, penned in a few minutes on a bar napkin, won him $10 from each challenger: 
“For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” UC Berkeley Haas showed some literary panache in setting this challenge to MBA applicants […]

How to Use LinkedIn to Enhance Your MBA Strategy

Jan. 3rd, 2018 | by: Sharon Joyce

When AdCom views your LinkedIn profile – and chances are good they will – make sure it will tip the balance in your favor, not undermine your MBA application.    It’s no surprise that your social media posts are fair game within your business school candidacy. More than one-third of admissions officers visit applicants’ social media […]

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Why Wharton Outshines Harvard in the Ranking of MBA Rankings

Dec. 16th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Rankings success isn’t a new thing for Wharton. Wharton sat at the top of the BusinessWeek ranking from 1994 to 2000, and over the past 25 years has claimed the #1 spot no fewer than 10 times in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking. But the last time they received the #1 distinction was in […]

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Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2017 – European Business Schools

Dec. 11th, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

Which is the #1 ranked MBA program in Europe? It depends on who you ask. For the FT and BusinessWeek the winner in 2017 is INSEAD. Ask The Economist the same question and they say that this year it is HEC Paris. Forbes throws up other options, ranking IMD and LBS at #1 (in separate […]

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