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Why Older MBA Applicants Need To Be Wiser

Mar. 17th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Forbes. The following is adapted from his original article posted March 8, 2016. Can you still secure a place in one of the world’s best full-time MBAs when you are over 30? It is true that the top business schools focus on 20-somethings. […]

Why a January MBA Start is a Good Option

Mar. 11th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

If your business school applications so far this season have been unsuccessful, there’s no need to feel pessimistic about your MBA options for this year. Just because you haven’t made the cut for September entry options doesn’t mean you’re out of the game. Consider, instead, a January entry MBA program, for which the admissions season […]

How to Stand Out in the MBA Applicant Pool

Feb. 23rd, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

The following is an edited transcript of a video interview between two of our Directors: Judith Hodara, former Wharton Director of Admissions and Caroline Diarte Edwards, former INSEAD Director of Admissions, and John Byrne from Poets and Quants. Watch the full video Question to both Judith and Caroline: Probably 80% of the applicant pool at […]

7 Essentials to Ace Your MBA Interview

Feb. 16th, 2016 | by: Malvina Miller Complainville

With the round 2 interview season underway, former Harvard Business School Assistant Director Malvina Miller Complainville from the Fortuna team offers 7 top tips to boost your performance in your MBA interviews.

Why INSEAD’s Time Has Finally Come

Jan. 30th, 2016 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

INSEAD’s number one spot in the Financial Times’ ranking has been a long time coming. In the 18 years that this ranking has been published, the top spot has been held only by Harvard, Stanford, Wharton and London Business School. So what is INSEAD doing so well?

INSEAD, Asia And The One-Year MBA – 3 Big Winners in the FT MBA Ranking 2016

Jan. 26th, 2016 | by: Matt Symonds

The news that INSEAD has claimed the #1 spot in the FT Global MBA rankings will send shock waves from Boston to the Bay Area. This is the first time that the school has topped the FT ranking which Harvard, LBS, Wharton and Stanford have dominated since Della Bradshaw and her team first published in 1999. But the 2016 result is likely to generate more agitation than others, challenging as it does the dominance of ‘HSW’ dominance of the two-year program.

Rejected by HBS/GSB/Wharton? How to bounce back in R2

Dec. 23rd, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

A little more than 900 of the round one MBA applicants to Harvard have been invited for interview. And with Stanford and Wharton reaching out to applicants, it’s the first reality check for many applicants about their chances of securing their place at a top business school for next year.

The Sum Of All The Business School Rankings Of 2015

Dec. 15th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The annual Ranking of the MBA Rankings, which combines the results of all the rankings of the last 12 months by regions of the world, shows that once again the top places are held by seven business schools, the legendary M7.

Improving your MBA applications for Round 2 deadlines

Dec. 11th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

For many MBA applicants, this is the last realistic shot at securing a place in the class starting next fall. At schools such as HBS, Stanford, Booth and Wharton the scarcity of places available in Round 3 means that opportunities for admission are slim. Meanwhile, competition for places at other top schools intensifies as applicants turned down in Round 1 turn their attention to other schools like Tuck, Duke, Yale, Stern, Darden, UCLA and Johnson.

Bouncing Back from B-school Rejection

Dec. 5th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Nobody likes rejection. It can make you feel hurt and wonder why you weren’t good enough. Although your spirits might be down, the bright side is that you have an opportunity to learn even more from failure, and to set yourself up for success in the future. And how you respond to your current situation will be a critical step in achieving your ultimate goal.

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