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MBA Admissions Clinic – Applicant Profile 3 ‘Darsana’ – The Back Office Banker

Mar. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In partnership with the Forté Foundation, Fortuna provides MBA admissions advice based on our prior experience as senior admissions professionals at top MBA programs. Each case study features a common applicant profile and evaluation of the applicant’s strengths, weaknesses, and related admissions advice. The Applicant – Darsana Age: 27 Job: Assistant Vice President at UBS […]

Exclusive Interview with INSEAD’s Current Director of Marketing, Admissions, and Financial Aid, Conducted by INSEAD’s former Director of Admissions

Mar. 4th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

In an interview with INSEAD’s Pejay Belland (Director of Marketing, Admissions, and Financial Aid for Degree Programmes), Fortuna learned about some of the latest program updates and admissions tips for INSEAD in 2015. We’re delighted to share Pejay’s responses to our questions from the interview, conducted by Caroline Diarte Edwards, who served previously as INSEAD’s […]

The ROI of Business School – Reach, Opportunities And Income

Feb. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

There’s no shortage of predictions about the bleak future of business education. Rising costs, disruptive technology, issues with staffing, and market competition rank high on the list of issues faced by business schools, large and small. However, if you ask MBA alumni about the value of their business degree, you will receive an overwhelmingly positive […]

Alternatives to the Two-Year MBA Program – Accelerated Full-time MBA Programs

Feb. 19th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

While most MBA programs follow the standard full-time two-year program format, this structure doesn’t appeal to everyone. The traditional two-year program can be great if you have a few years of work experience and are looking to make a career transition, but what if you’re planning to go back to your current company or remain […]

Wharton Mock-Interviews offered

Feb. 13th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

For anyone who has received an invitation to interview with Wharton, we are offering a mock-interview session to prepare you for the Team Based Discussion format on Sunday Feb 15th at 7 PM (EST) We recognize that all group dynamics are different.  This mock session will help you get rid of pre-interview jitters by allowing you to […]

Preparing for your b-school interviews

Feb. 9th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

With many schools now extending interview invitations, now is a great time to get ready for your upcoming interviews. One of the most useful interview tips that we can provide is to prepare well in advance! As former admissions directors at top MBA programs, we interviewed thousands of applicants and it was always pretty clear […]

Women applying to b-school: What is the best strategy?

Feb. 4th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Here’s some advice for women applicants from Caroline Diarte Edwards, former Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD and Director at Fortuna Admissions. Providing b-school application tips specific for women could be questioned, as some believe that there should be no differences in applying to b-school for women or men. But based on my admissions experience […]

Harvard is still #1, but how did other b-schools fare in Financial Times’ Global MBA Ranking for 2015?

Jan. 29th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

The new 2015 Financial Times Global MBA Ranking is out and for the third year in a row, the #1 spot goes to Harvard Business School. The school not only has the highest weighted MBA salary of $179,910 as well as strong figures for career progress and research, but also the strongest reputation among MBA […]

Applying to B-school in Round 3

Jan. 26th, 2015 | by: Matt Symonds

Every year around this time, applicants ask for our advice on whether they should apply to MBA programs for Round 3 (R3). Our response to them is often “it depends”. One thing we tell them is clear – you don’t want to apply halfheartedly, thinking that you can simply re-apply a few months later. If […]

3 Tips for Perfecting Your MBA Application

Dec. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

There are a number of steps you can take to perfect your MBA application, and, based on our years of experience in admissions, we’d like to pass on a few tips: 1. Don’t wait until the last minute to work on your online personal data form. The forms may seem like an easy, even tedious […]

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