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How to Get Off the Waitlist

Jul. 9th, 2020 | by: Matt Symonds

Business school waitlists have been significantly expanded for a number of reasons – the unknown issue of how many students will defer given travel restrictions or difficulty to get a student visa, as well as the fact that many MBA programs are kicking off with a hybrid format blending courses online and in person. This […]

HBS Essay: 5 Key Tips on What Harvard Wants

Jul. 7th, 2020 | by: Karla Cohen

Harvard Business School opened its application earlier this month affirming that its singular essay question remains intact: “As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA Program?” For many applicants, this question feels maddeningly open ended – paralyzing even – […]

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

Jul. 5th, 2020 | 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 […]

What New Dean Erika James Means for the Wharton MBA

Jun. 30th, 2020 | by: Curtis Johnson

On July 1, Erika James succeeds Geoff Garrett as Dean of The Wharton School, my alma mater. The late February announcement – sandwiched at the end of Black History Month and just before Women’s History Month – was well timed, as James represents both the first woman and first Black person to serve as dean in Wharton’s […]

Wharton MBA Essay Tips: How to Tackle the New Question

Jun. 29th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

The Wharton School debuted a new required MBA essay question for the 2020-2021 application. Like Columbia’s new essay question, it pushes candidates to get more personal while giving them greater latitude to do so: “Taking into consideration your background—personal, professional, and/or academic—how do you plan to make specific, meaningful contributions to the Wharton community?” (400 […]

Introducing Fortuna Careers: Pivot & Open the Door to Your Future

Jun. 22nd, 2020 | by: Catherine Tuttle

The decision to make a career transition can be exciting, but at the same time intimidating. Add in a global pandemic that’s upending industries worldwide and you likely have extreme new levels of conflicting personal concerns. While the most optimistic may contend that times like these are teemed with opportunity for personal growth, we know […]

Rejection: How to Deal with Business School Dings

Jun. 18th, 2020 | by: Heidi Hillis

Fortuna Director Caroline Diarte Edwards is co-hosting a weekly podcast, Business Casual, with Poets&Quants Editor-in-Chief John Byrne and ApplicantLab Founder Maria Wich-Villa. Each 30-minutes session is packed with valuable insights and timely perspectives. This episode focuses on dealing with rejection, including how to assess next steps and ultimately bounce back to reposition a successful application. You […]

Covid-19 Volunteer Opportunities: Tips for Prospective MBAs

Jun. 15th, 2020 | by: Judith Silverman Hodara

The Covid-19 Crisis presents a special opportunity to be of service with your expertise – especially for MBA hopefuls who are light on extracurriculars. I was incredibly gratified to receive a message on LinkedIn from a prospective MBA applicant named Harley. Inspired by the call to action in my recent article for Poets&Quants, Extracurriculars In […]

How to Tackle the Columbia Business School MBA Essays

Jun. 5th, 2020 | by: Karen Hamou

Columbia Business School just posted its deadlines for the Class of 2023, along with a new essay question that goes further than before to push candidates to get personal. View our recent strategy session discussing essay advice on Columbia, Kellogg, Chicago Booth & MIT Sloan.  Unlike its M7 rivals, Columbia operates on a rolling admissions […]

MBA Admissions Advice for Applicants from Asia

Jun. 4th, 2020 | by: Jenifer Raver

Join our free, live webinar, A Winning MBA Admissions Strategy for SE Asian Applicants, on June 6/7 (depending on your time zone). I’m hosting this one-hour strategy session designed for students from the ASEAN region, along with my Fortuna Admissions colleagues Judith Silverman Hodara, Nonie Mackie and Heidi Hillis. We’ll explore the unique benefits and opportunities […]

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