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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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Yale SOM MBA Interview: What to Expect & How to Prepare

Oct. 20th, 2022 | by: Zachary White

The Yale SOM interview tends to be a comfortable and friendly interview experience, lasting approximately 30 minutes, with a second year MBA student or member of the admissions committee. A unique feature of Yale SOM’s MBA Interview is its pre-interview assignment. If you’re invited to interview (as are approximately 40% of applicants), you’ll be asked […]

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10 Years of MBA Admissions Success: Fortuna’s Origin Story

Oct. 18th, 2022 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

Matt Symonds and I had known each other for about 10 years while I was at Wharton as a Senior Associate and then Acting Director of MBA Admissions, and he was the co-founder of QS and the World MBA Tour. Matt’s company would host events all over the world for prospective candidates to meet with […]

How to Address a Gap In Your MBA Resume: 5 Top Tips

Oct. 11th, 2022 | by: Jessica Chung

A gap in a candidate’s MBA resume always gives me pause. When I was Associate Director of Admissions at UCLA Anderson, my team and I often probed into these breaks in employment in order to discern the context behind this gap, and figure out what the applicant did during this time period. Whether an unattributed […]

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UVA Darden MBA Essays 2022-2023: Tips & Strategy

Oct. 10th, 2022 | by: Trisha Nussbaum

UVA Darden’s MBA application features three short essays that ask you to get introspective about who you are, what you value, and what you’ll bring to the Darden community. The new, lower wordcounts require you to use the space wisely, ensuring that you deliver well-honed narratives that provide enough specificity to showcase your unique and […]

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Decline in MBA Applications Is A Rare Opportunity for B-School Candidates

Oct. 4th, 2022 | by: Matt Symonds

Four months ago I wrote an article for Forbes predicting a sharp downturn in MBA applications, and why now might be your best chance in a generation to get an elite MBA and secure your place at one of the world’s leading business schools. Since then, HBS has confirmed a 15.4% decline in MBA applications […]

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Fortuna Admissions Celebrates 10 Years of MBA Consulting

Oct. 3rd, 2022 | by: Matt Symonds

Ten years ago, we set out to create a dream team of former MBA Admissions Directors from the world’s top business schools. Looking back on our 10-year anniversary, Fortuna’s trio of founders affirm that our DNA hasn’t changed: our goal continues to be to provide inside-track expertise to candidates and leverage the insights of those […]

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