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The 12 Steps on How to Apply to Business School Series – Step 2: Plan Your Timing

Apr. 29th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Step 2: Plan your timing Fortuna Admissions has been asked by The Economist to write a multi-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 have contributed to […]

Is Your MBA Tax Deductible? (featured in Forbes, April 11, 2014)

Apr. 22nd, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

When it’s tax time in the US, the idea of finding deductions to reduce the amount you end up owing to the IRS becomes a national pastime. So what about the tuition fees amounting to tens of thousands of dollars that MBA students fork out to develop their business skills? Even before you begin courses […]

5 Social Media Tips to Protect your Future from your Online Past

Apr. 4th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

Could there be some photos of you in a less than sober state on your Facebook? Are you tagged in a pic taken at a stag party where the pole dancing was clearly taking place somewhere other than Warsaw? After a frustrating day at the office did you lash out at your boss on Twitter? […]

Former Wharton Admissions Director’s Thoughts on Wharton’s New Ranking

Mar. 14th, 2014 | by: Matt Symonds

By Judith Silverman Hodara, Former Acting Director of MBA Admissions at Wharton Wharton- Harvard- Stanford in a trifecta! While applicants to business schools frequently mention these three powerhouses in one breath, the US News and World Report ranking has never accorded the three top honors in the same year. Wharton, in particular is understandably excited by […]

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 […]

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