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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 […]

How To Get Into Wharton MBA Program – Tips For Applying

May. 16th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions’ Judith Silverman Hodara, was a core member of the admissions committees at the University of Pennsylvania for almost two decades, most recently as Acting Director at the Wharton School’s MBA Program. Below she shares her top 10 insider tips for applying to the school. Wharton top 10 insider admissions tip #1 – I have heard […]

10 Insider Tips for Applying to INSEAD

Apr. 16th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions’ Caroline Diarte Edwards was the Director of MBA Admissions at INSEAD for seven years. Below she shares her top insider tips for applying to INSEAD. INSEAD top 10 insider admissions tip #1 – Do I have a chance of admission with little international experience? INSEAD is proud of the international diversity of its […]

Letters of recommendation; interviews; waitlist; next steps (featured in The Economist)

Mar. 20th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

If the application essays are an opportunity to convey your goals and accomplishments, letters of recommendation provide the MBA admissions office with valuable insight into how you are viewed by others. The people that you choose, and the strength, thoroughness and enthusiasm of their recommendations, are a critical element in your file.

MBA Admissions Essays – all you need to know (featured in The Economist)

Mar. 6th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Tackling application essays for business school is a daunting prospect. They are a critical part of your sales pitch to a target school. Your application may well be read by a bleary-eyed administrator who has already waded through hundreds of files that day – with only yours keeping him from turning in for the night. […]

Self reflection and how to position your candidacy; GPA and GMAT; the résumé (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 20th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Whether you are convinced that you want to do an MBA, or are just entertaining the idea, we recommend that you spend a long time on self-reflection. Most business schools want to know more about you than just your CV. They want to get a sense of what makes you tick. You will have to answer some profound questions in the application essays and at the interviews. Why are you unique? What are your ambitions? Chicago Booth asks candidates to “Tell us something that has fundamentally transformed the way you think.” Answering such questions in a way that will attract the admission officer’s eye requires considerable self-awareness and maturity.

First Steps on the Road to Business School (featured in The Economist)

Feb. 6th, 2013 | by: Matt Symonds

Fortuna Admissions has been asked by The Economist to write a four-part series explaining how to improve your chance of getting into a top business school. Our experts from Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, London Business School, Chicago Booth,  IE Business School, Kellogg and UC Berkeley Haas are answering readers’ questions over the course of the coming weeks. Part one: […]

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