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Should You Get An MBA Straight Out Of Your Undergrad

Should You Get An MBA Straight Out Of Your Undergrad?

Dec. 7th, 2022 | by: Fortuna Admissions

Getting An MBA Straight Out Of Your Undergrad After completing your undergrad degree, you have several options. While you could enter the workforce promptly after graduation, you could also pursue your MBA. Each option has its merits, as pursuing an MBA immediately after graduation isn’t for everyone.  This article outlines the perks of pursuing an […]

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MBA Application Advice: 5 Must-Dos Before You Hit Submit

Dec. 5th, 2022 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

The single most important thing you can do when you hit submit on your MBA application is to be confident that it’s the very best reflection of you and your candidacy – no matter which admissions round you’re targeting. Having reviewed thousands of applications during my career in MBA admissions, as head of Admissions at INSEAD […]

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MBA Waitlist Strategy: Actions to Take & Mistakes to Avoid

Nov. 28th, 2022 | by: Caroline Diarte Edwards

While the waitlist can be tormenting, there are specific actions you can take now to increase your chances of MBA admissions success. One of my Fortuna Admissions colleagues heard recently from an anxious client who is still in limbo on the HBS waitlist – and she’s not alone. As Poets&Quants editor John Byrne quipped in our recent […]

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The Power of Giving Thanks in the MBA Admission Process

Nov. 21st, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

I still have the thank you note from the first student I admitted to Penn in 1990 (pictured here). It means a lot to me. Then, because it allowed me to see that I was someone that students could trust. And now, because it reminds me how powerful it is for the person across the […]

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Kellogg MBA Interview 2022-2023: What You Need to Know + 7 Tips to Prepare

Nov. 19th, 2022 | by: Julia Brady

Kellogg is unique in many ways, not least that it’s the only top business school that seeks to interview every candidate who applies. It’s able to attempt this feat by flexing the strength of a worldwide network of passionate alumni, who opt-in both as ambassadors for the program and messengers to its admissions committee. While […]

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How to Optimize LinkedIn: 10 Tips for MBA Applicants

Nov. 17th, 2022 | by: Sharon Joyce

It’s no secret that your social media posts are fair game to the MBA admissions committee. Nearly two-thirds of MBA admissions officers visit an applicant’s social media profiles to aid their decision-making, according to survey data from Kaplan Test Prep in 2021. Kaplan reports that 36% of admissions officers visit applicants’ social media profiles like […]

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Cornell Johnson MBA Essays for 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Nov. 14th, 2022 | by: Silpa Sarma

Cornell’s Johnson school is known for its tight-knit community and culture of collaboration. Learning to harness the power of a team to drive impact is a key component of the MBA experience at Johnson, and diversity among backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences is greatly valued. To that end, Cornell’s essay prompts aim to uncover applicants who […]

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MBA Interview Prep: 3 Key Qualities of ‘Professional Presence’

Nov. 7th, 2022 | by: Brittany Maschal

There’s an awkward coaching moment that most of us hope to avoid when preparing our clients for the MBA interview. As former senior admissions professionals at top-tier schools, my fellow MBA Admissions coaches and I are seasoned at navigating sensitive subjects while guiding candidates to convey their greatest potential as future business leaders. But anything […]

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How to Get Into NYU Stern

Nov. 1st, 2022 | by: Trisha Nussbaum

Much like New York City itself, NYU Stern has changed significantly over the years. In 2019, Stern released a ‘Call to Action,’ rebranding with its new slogan: “Change. Dare it. Dream it. Drive it.” Just as Stern has taken many steps to enhance its program in a rapidly changing, forward-thinking world, such as doubling down […]

MBA Requirements: Advice for Non-traditional Applicants

Oct. 26th, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

My Fortuna Admissions colleague interviewed an MBA graduate named Paul Heslop, who serves as an Operations and Planning Chief for the United Nations. Among Paul’s bevy of unique distinctions is directing peacekeeping efforts in 17 countries, clearing thousands of unexploded mines and bombs, and defending multi-million-dollar budgets to the UN Security Council. Oh, and before […]

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