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London Business School

Topping Forbes’ Rankings, LBS sees a return on its investments

Oct. 4th, 2017 | by: Emma Bond

London Business School’s new Class of 2019 may justifiably be feeling a bit smug about their choice of MBA program. For the fifth time in 10 years LBS has taken all-important ROI honors, topping last week’s Forbes rankings and gaining the number one spot for international two-year MBA programs. With data collected five years out […]

Fortuna Admissions, Ranking of MBA Rankings

What Wharton’s #1 Forbes Win Means for the School

Sep. 27th, 2017 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

It’s been a long time coming: The Wharton School of Business, perennially vying with HBS, Stanford GSB, and Chicago Booth for the top spot among US business schools, has vaulted to number one in the Forbes MBA rankings published earlier this week. This is the first time Wharton has claimed the top spot in the […]

MBA Coaching by Fortuna

Walking Our Talk: Announcing Fortuna’s New Website & Evolved Brand

Sep. 27th, 2017 | by: Fortuna

We feel you. It’s taken us many months of self-reflection, writing and countless revision to produce a product we’re proud of. We sought fresh perspectives to better understand our strengths, motivations and distinctive qualities. We sweated the deadlines. We’ve stretched to be introspective about where we’ve been, where we want to go and how we […]

how to survive an MBA

How to Make The Most of Your First Month as an MBA Student

Sep. 27th, 2017 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Some of you are now fully adjusted to your new class schedules, new locations and new lives as MBA students. But many are still getting acquainted with the new lifestyle you worked so hard to achieve. Whether it’s learning how to balance school and family life, or if your challenge is simply trying to fit […]

MBA Loan Forgiveness

How to Get Your MBA Loans Forgiven

Sep. 26th, 2017 | by: College Coach

By: Shannon Vasconcelos, guest writer and Director of College Finance, College Coach If you’re considering a post-MBA career in the public sector, you may have heard about the prospect of loan forgiveness. Enticing as this may sound, the hard truth is that most MBA recipients will, in fact, need to repay their student loans due […]


6-min Vlog: How to mitigate a weak GPA or GMAT score

Aug. 3rd, 2017 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

If you’re worried about low GRE or GMAT scores or GPA, there are still a few things you can do. This 6-minute conversation between Fortuna Director Caroline Diarte Edwards and Expert Coach Jessica Chung, former UCLA Anderson Associate Director of MBA Admissions, explores strategies for mitigating or fixing a lower-than-desirable academic record. View the Full Transcript: Caroline: Hello everybody, my name […]

MBA Strategy

Inside an MBA Strategy Session

Jul. 6th, 2017 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

  By: Judith Silverman Hodara, Director, Fortuna Admissions Let’s talk strategy: Top MBA programs have just announced deadlines and essay requirements for the 2017/18 cycle. Poets & Quants’ John A. Byrne recently hosted three coaches from Fortuna’s team of former MBA admissions directors and insiders in a live strategy session, which focused on how to […]

MBA questions

VLOG: International MBA vs. US? One year vs. two? How to choose what’s right for you.

Jun. 30th, 2017 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

When it comes to applying for your MBA, there’s a lot more to consider than school reputation. What about international versus US schools? And how does a one-year program compare to two years? In this 8-minute vlog, Fortuna’s Judith Silverman Hodara speaks with expert coachCassandra Pittman, a Columbia MBA alumnus, former LBS admission officer and […]

How to get an MBA

7-min. Spotlight: Early MBA Planning 2-3 Years Out & What to Do Now

Jun. 23rd, 2017 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

If you are a few years out from applying for your MBA (or even just one), there’s a lot you can be doing right now to increase your chances of acceptance and build a profile that admissions officers can’t overlook. Fortuna Expert Coach Cassandra Pittman, Columbia Business School alumna, former INSEAD assistant director and LBS […]

Typical MBA Application

How to Turn Your Typical MBA Profile into a Stand-out Application

Jun. 21st, 2017 | by: Matt Symonds

You distinguished yourself as a professional wunderkind, rising to the senior ranks at your company in your early 20s. Clocked long hours at work to keep the boss happy and meet client deadlines. Pulled all-nighters in college amid competing commitments to keep your dean’s list standing. Aced your interviews and accepted an enviable position with a world-class […]

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