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You’ve Been Interviewed: Now What?

Feb. 7th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

You’ve just finished your first interview(s) for business school. What’s next? As former Admissions Directors who have interviewed many candidates over the years, we recommend taking a few important next steps at this stage. 1. Make sure to write a short but tailored thank you note to your interviewer(s) within 24 hours of your interview. […]

Expanding Your Options: Applying to Programs Starting in January

Jan. 30th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

So you’ve decided you really want to start your MBA in the next 12 months, but it will be another few weeks before you hear back from the schools you applied to in round 2. What are the other options to consider as you plan the year ahead? There’s still round 3 to consider. Though […]

What Are My Chances Applying in Round 3?

Jan. 24th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Each year, clients ask us if they should consider applying in Round 3 (R3). The answer we invariably give them is “it depends.” Much like the rest of the MBA application process, there aren’t always definitive rules. You need to consider both the schools you’re applying to and your own profile before you move ahead. […]

What Should I Do Now After Round 2?

Jan. 8th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Happy New Year! Will 2014 be a life changing year in which you are admitted to business school? We very much hope so! Many of our Fortuna clients are sharing their own stories of where they were when they learned they had been admitted round 1 to Wharton, LBS, Kellogg, Columbia and other top business […]


Oct. 15th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions has compiled the results of the big five MBA rankings of the last 12 months to produce the Fortuna Ranking of Rankings 2013 – US Business Schools. How do the top business schools in the US perform when you combine these results? Methodology Only the U.S. business schools are ranked by all five […]

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Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2013 – European Business Schools

Oct. 15th, 2013 | 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 2013.     Methodology Very few of the European business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek and Forbes assess only a limited number of non-U.S. […]

Why Do MBA Admissions Rely So Heavily on the GMAT?

Sep. 11th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

The GMAT is often the primary source of frustration and anxiety for the MBA hopefuls whose chances of admissions success we assess at Fortuna Admissions. From successful entrepreneurs to fast-track financial analysts, time and again you see talented young professionals whose applications are let down by their overall GMAT score, or a below-par score in the Quantitative […]

Here’s Why Applying to Harvard Business School Has Never Been Easier

Aug. 23rd, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Applying to the Harvard Business School has never been easier. Rather, it’s never been more straightforward – for you and close to 10,000 other applicants who are likely to apply this year for one of 940 or so places in the Class of 2016. After reducing the essay count to two essays of 400 words each […]

Worried About Weaknesses in your MBA Application? Offer Explanations, Not Excuses

Jul. 30th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Though a handful of applicants to top MBA programs seem to have all the elements to write their own ticket—magna cum laude from a prestigious university, fast-track career progression at a Fortune 500 company, or co-founder of an innovative tech firm, with perhaps an Olympic medal and impressive charitable work thrown in for good measure—the […]

Executive MBA Application – Tips & Suggestions

Jul. 16th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions‘ Dina Glasofer, was the Senior Associate Director of Admissions for the Executive MBA program at NYU Stern. Below she shares her insider tips for applying to an EMBA. Who should consider an Executive MBA (EMBA) program? If you have more than five years of work experience, you might want to consider an Executive […]

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