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Nov. 20th, 2012 | 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 MBA Rankings 2012 – US Business Schools. How do the top business schools in the US perform when you combine these results?   Methodology Only the US business schools are ranked by all […]

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Fortuna Ranking of MBA Rankings 2012 – European Business Schools

Nov. 20th, 2012 | 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 2012.   Methodology Very few of the European business schools are ranked by four of the major media rankings. BusinessWeek assesses only a limited number of non-U.S. business schools, and […]

Selectivity, Yield, and MBA Admissions Math

Nov. 20th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Beyond the headlines of the latest Bloomberg Businessweek MBA ranking, there is a tremendous amount of data for potential business school applicants to analyze. From class size, cost, and curriculum to community spirit and careers, the survey responses from more than 10,000 graduates provide invaluable perspectives on the search for the right MBA fit. The Rankings History, […]

Harvard, Stanford and Humility: The MBA Admissions Trinity

Oct. 1st, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

With 17 applications for each place in the MBA program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and close to 10,000 applicants hoping to join the incoming class at the Harvard Business School, it is no secret that leading MBA programs have a highly competitive admissions process. Schools like Chicago Booth, INSEAD, UC Berkeley-Haas and the Indian […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 7 – The Interview

Sep. 24th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

Interviewing is a lot like dancing. You should probably dress up for it, learn the steps beforehand, and know who is “leading” during the dance itself. Here’s our tip: YOU are NOT the leader.

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 6 – Letters of Recommendation

Sep. 17th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

A great letter of recommendation can make a big difference in your MBA application. So what are the guidelines for who to ask, and how to help them produce a letter that resonates with the admissions committee?

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 5 – The Application Essays

Sep. 10th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

It’s hard to sit down one night and think “OK, now I am ready to write my MBA application essays.” We generally suggest looking at an aggregate list of the questions asked by the schools you are considering, and pulling out the main themes that the essays are looking for. You can then create a […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 4 – GPA and GMAT / GRE

Sep. 3rd, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

So you think your undergraduate GPA is set in stone? Think again! For students who majored in the humanities and may not have had a strong quantitative exposure, or for students who have lower grades in quant classes on their college transcripts, our advice is simple – TAKE A CLASS! Courses are available at local […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 3 – Ideal Timing (Round 1 vs. 2)

Aug. 27th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

There is much discussion about which round of applications is most advantageous for applicants, An ideal rule of thumb is to apply when you are ready. It is important though to keep in mind the obvious math – Round 1 has all of the spots available (beyond a handful of deferrals), Round 2 has fewer […]

Fortuna’s MBA Edge Step 2 – Rankings and priorities

Aug. 20th, 2012 | by: Matt Symonds

While it is tempting to strictly go by the MBA rankings of top business schools in deciding where you would like to apply, it is important to recognize that they each use different criteria. – For the FT MBA ranking, MBA salaries three years after graduation account for 40% of the overall score; – BusinessWeek […]

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