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Mistakes to Avoid Before & After Your MBA Interview

Feb. 26th, 2019 | by: Karen Hamou

Your MBA interview begins the moment you arrive on campus, and technically, your assessment can include any communication you’ve had with an admissions committee representative up until that point. Each and every interaction counts, from coffee chats with current students, to an encounter with a professor, to your exchange with the receptionist. And it isn’t […]

Which type of MBA applicant are you?

Feb. 19th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

At any given point, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), there are six million people considering business education around the world. Whether applying for an MBA at Harvard, a MiM at the London School of Economics, or an EMBA at CKGSB Beijing, it turns out that what motivates someone to pursue a graduate […]


The Wharton MBA Interview: Expert Tips for the Team Based Discussion

Feb. 15th, 2019 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

If you are one of the fortunate candidates to recently receive a Wharton interview invite, it’s likely you’ve seen the outline and expectations for your team based discussion (TBD). Now it’s time to define a smart strategy, including how to develop a strong pitch and set yourself up for success. These insights are informed by […]

Minted CEO Mariam Naficy on startups, Stanford GSB & the value of the MBA

Feb. 11th, 2019 | by: Fortuna

Mariam Naficy, a Stanford GSB graduate, is an e-commerce trailblazer whose influence across tastemaking and disruptive startups spans multiple industries. Naficy co-founded of in 1998 and subsequently raised $28 million in funding, achieving the largest market share in online cosmetics. In 2017, she founded Minted, developing the organization from a stationary platform to an online […]

Wharton MBA Application: Tips From a Former Admissions Director

Feb. 6th, 2019 | by: Fortuna

Insider Advice on How To Get Into Wharton Part of a top-tier trinity colloquially referred to as “HSW,” Wharton is rarely found outside the world’s top four schools among recent years’ MBA rankings. If any of the premier business schools have taken the time to adjust to a post-Lehman Brothers world, it’s Wharton. The entrepreneurial community […]

Decoded: Results of the FT Global MBA Rankings 2019

Feb. 4th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

At first glance, the top of the FT Global MBA ranking of 2019 looks like business as usual. But wait, there’s more. With alumnus salaries at a weighted average of $228,074 three years after graduation, Stanford GSB maintains the #1 spot for the second year. Graduates also lead the way in career progress, calculated according to […]

Why ‘Professional Presence’ Matters for MBA Candidates

Jan. 30th, 2019 | by: Brittany Maschal

Leading up to a recent application deadline, a fellow coach at Fortuna Admissions found herself in a quandary. She was working with a strong candidate who had a noticeably untidy level of grooming, and felt apprehensive about how this might be perceived in the MBA admissions interview. Given her robust background in M7 admissions, she was accustomed […]

MBA Odds: What are my chances in Round 3?

Jan. 29th, 2019 | by: Matt Symonds

Is it worth it for me to apply in Round 3? We field this question each year from business school hopefuls, and the answer my Fortuna colleagues and I invariably reply is, “it depends.” Much like the rest of the MBA application process, there are no definitive rules. Yet for a strategic and sincere application, you […]

Insider Tips for The INSEAD Interview

Jan. 25th, 2019 | by: Fortuna

INSEAD is among the top schools that enlist alumni to conduct MBA admissions interviews, and by design it’s a conversational experience. But this is also where it gets dynamic, as INSEAD draws upon a pool of thousands of alumni interviewers and gives them latitude. Given the high degree of variability in style, tone, context and […]

5 Steps to MBA Scholarships

Jan. 21st, 2019 | by: College Coach

Applying to MBA programs strategically can help reduce tuition costs through merit scholarships. Now, you will find the most selective MBA programs may not offer merit scholarships, but instead may offer need-based aid (something Stanford GSB recently reiterated). However, the majority of full-time MBA programs do offer merit scholarships and for those, here are 5 steps to […]

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