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Harvard, Stanford and Humility: The MBA Admissions Trinity

Oct. 1st, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

With 17 applications for each place in the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and close to 10,000 applicants hoping to join the incoming class at the Harvard Business School, it is no secret that leading MBA programs have a highly competitive admissions process. Schools like Chicago Booth, INSEAD, UC Berkeley-Haas and the Indian […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 7 – The Interview

Sep. 24th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Interviewing is a lot like dancing. You should probably dress up for it, learn the steps beforehand, and know who is “leading” during the dance itself. Here’s our tip: YOU are NOT the leader.

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 6 – Letters of Recommendation

Sep. 17th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

A great letter of recommendation can make a big difference in your MBA application. So what are the guidelines for who to ask, and how to help them produce a letter that resonates with the admissions committee?

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 5 – The Application Essays

Sep. 10th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

It’s hard to sit down one night and think “OK, now I am ready to write my MBA application essays.” We generally suggest looking at an aggregate list of the questions asked by the schools you are considering, and pulling out the main themes that the essays are looking for. You can then create a […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 4 – GPA and GMAT / GRE

Sep. 3rd, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

So you think your undergraduate GPA is set in stone? Think again! For students who majored in the humanities and may not have had a strong quantitative exposure, or for students who have lower grades in quant classes on their college transcripts, our advice is simple – TAKE A CLASS! Courses are available at local […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 3 – Ideal Timing (Round 1 vs. 2)

Aug. 27th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

There is much discussion about which round of applications is most advantageous for applicants, An ideal rule of thumb is to apply when you are ready. It is important though to keep in mind the obvious math – Round 1 has all of the spots available (beyond a handful of deferrals), Round 2 has fewer […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 2 – Rankings and priorities

Aug. 20th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

While it is tempting to strictly go by the MBA rankings of top business schools in deciding where you would like to apply, it is important to recognize that they each use different criteria. – For the FT MBA ranking, MBA salaries three years after graduation account for 40% of the overall score; – BusinessWeek […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 1 – Researching Schools, and the importance of doing your homework

Aug. 13th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

The MBA application is one of the most contemplated, over-analyzed, and anxiety-inducing things in the life of young business professionals around the world. The intensity of preparation and calculation varies from region to region, but the message remains the same: Do your homework. There is no substitute for the careful research and preparation that comes with […]


Oct. 21st, 2011 | by: Matt Symonds

We have compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2011 – US Business Schools. How did the top business schools in the US perform when you combined the results from 12 months of media rankings? Methodology Only the US business […]

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Fortuna Admissions Ranking of MBA Rankings 2011 – European Business Schools

Oct. 21st, 2011 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions has compiled the results of the major media MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2011. How did the top business schools in Europe perform when you combined the results from 12 months of media rankings?   Methodology Very few of the European business schools […]

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