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What Matters Most to you and Why? Stanford Wants to Know and So Should You

Mar. 10th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

This question seems straightforward; though coming up with your answer can be a lot more difficult. This infamous essay is at the heart of Stanford GSB’s MBA application, and typically ties applicants in knots as they try to come up with an answer that they hope is clever, striking, or even profound. Many business schools […]

50 Shades of MBA Admissions Grey

Feb. 28th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

It’s quite possible that you’re faced with the dilemma of what you ought to say in your MBA application versus what you should leave out. At Fortuna, we have often seen candidates with some element of their profile of which they’re not proud, and their first instinct may be to leave it out of their […]

3 Tips for Perfecting Your MBA Application

Feb. 25th, 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 […]

An Insider’s Perspective on INSEAD’s New Essays

Feb. 21st, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

By Caroline Diarte Edwards, Former Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD If you’re in the process of applying to INSEAD, or plan to in the future, you should be aware that INSEAD just released a revised set of MBA essay questions. These changes are not as far reaching as those made by some U.S. schools […]

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. […]

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