Latest Articles from Admissions Consultant Blogs

  • Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Forbes. The following is adapted from his original article posted March 31, 2016.

    The coaches at Fortuna have put together some MBA application advice, based on years of insider experience working in the admissions offices of the world’s top business schools.

    As the second ... Read More

  • How did southern California native James Holmen end up in Bloomington, Indiana, directing admissions at the Kelley School of Business? And what’s kept him there for more than 20 years? We caught up with him earlier this week to learn that and much more.

    Holmen studied economics and sociology at UCLA, but what he learned was that he really liked working ... Read More

  • The following UVA / Darden MBA interview report was submitted to Clear Admit by a Round 2 applicant who was admitted. Congratulations to them!

    Thank you Clear Admit for these wonderful interview reports! I completed an interview with Darden for the second round, and it was EXACTLY what I expected based on previous interview reports. Most other interviews ... Read More

  • If you’re unfamiliar with U.S. geography overall or where the top American business schools are actually located, here’s a cute little mapping gizmo thing that we put together.

    This is admittedly simple but it lets you visually identify which schools are in places that, say, get lots of snow in the winter, and which are more rural. It also ... Read More

  • Decisions, decisions. Some lucky applicants have been wrestling with decisions over the past many weeks, with acceptances to multiple MBA programs giving them tough choices to make. Along the way, we’ve seen an uptick in submissions to MBA DecisionWire, giving us some insight into where candidates have decided to go based on where they were admitted.

    One ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    Columbia Business School’s Chazen Institute of International Business has received a $10 million gift. And the gift has come from none other than Jerome Chazen himself.

    The institute will use the money to continue the work it’s doing and will update its name to the Jerome A. Chazen ... Read More

  • If you read our last post about MBA campus visits, then you already know how important it is to make an appearance at the programs you’re applying to.

    So make them happen already, will ya?! And while you’re tromping around campus ogling all the people, places and things you hope to be interacting with in the very near future, here are some ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    If you’re thinking about going to business school, understanding the ins and outs of b-school admissions testing is an absolute must. Recently, there have been several important GMAT changes announced by GMAC, the creators of the test.

    Whether you are thinking about taking the GMAT or have ... Read More

  • This post has been republished in its entirety from its original source,

    For many individuals, getting an MBA is a goal in and of itself. It’s a great goal, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. An MBA is a stepping stone and so is your first post-mba job. Both your MBA and first job should be seen not as a final destination but ... Read More

  • In this week’s Top #MBA Tweets, we’re taking a look at life in business school. As the academic year comes to a close, students are balancing final exams with their social lives.

    A pair at Columbia Business School took advantage of the nice spring weather:

    Beautiful day for a bike ride #tribikes #bschoollife #centralpark #nyc by kushnijhawan ... Read More

  • India’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) is sounding the alarm. It’s never been a secret that the vast majority of India’s business schools are, um, ineffective at producing employable graduates. But, as the Business Standard newspaper reported today, Assocham is now claiming that India’s “unfolding ... Read More

  • The weather is finally warming up and summer vacation is so close we can almost taste it…

    Seniors, just a few more exams and final papers, and you will be officially DONE with your high school careers. But first, before we can get to any of that, it’s time to face Decision Day!

    May 1st is National Decision Day, when high school seniors must ... Read More

  • Three years ago, NYU Stern School of Business became the first leading U.S. business school to establish a center dedicated to advancing human rights through better business practices. Now, maintaining its position in the vanguard of this movement, the Center for Business and Human Rights has literally written the book on the subject.

    Business and ... Read More

  • EXPARTUS MBA Admissions

    According to Financial Times, a quarter of the top 100 EMBA programs worldwide take place entirely in the United States. The top five EMBA programs in the United States are:

    – Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania)

    – Fuqua School of Business (Duke University)

    – ... Read More

  • Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE) formally launched its new, intensive one-year MBA program on March 1, 2016. Lehigh also offers a Flexible Pacing MBA, which features a hybrid structure of in-class and online learning.

    1-MBA will begin in January 2017 and it will be comprised of 50 credits. Designed both for professionals ... Read More

  • Since its release on the June 2012 exam, the Integrated Reasoning portion of the GMAT has had some test takers stumped. This 30-minute, 12 question section is oddly scored on a 1 to 8 scale, and no partial credit is given, even for multi-part, multi-answer questions.

    For the past several years, it was a matter of debate on whether business schools ... Read More

  • The problem is, in most cases, the consequences will hit so far in the future that the cause is practically divorced from the result.

    Take the choices you make today about what to eat or drink, or whether to skip the gym or push yourself to go, or how late to stay up tonight binge-watching the latest TV series on HBO. By now we all know the possible ... Read More

  •   As future MBA applicants launch their admissions campaigns, one key aspect to keep in mind is how to best engage with “influencers” who can make a difference in the outcome of the campaign. These individuals include students and administrators at targeted schools, local alumni, and potential recommenders. It’s important to convey ... Read More

  • The deadlines for ISB MBA Application cycle 2016-2017 are out. There hasn't been much change from last year. 

    CYCLE 1 Application Deadline : October 15, 2016 Offer Decision-1*: November 10, 2016 Offer Decision-2: December 05, 2016

    CYCLE 2 Application Deadline : January 15, 2017 Offer Decision-1* : February 10, 2017 Offer Decision-2 : March 05, 2017

    Acceptance ... Read More

  • “I quit!” How many of us have fantasized about saying those two words to a boss at some point in our career, turning with a flourish and marching out the door, never looking back? While that kind of dramatic exit could offer a certain kind of short-term satisfaction, it’s perhaps not the best way to leave a job to head off to business school.

    So ... Read More

  • Indiana / Kelley School of Business has released the Kelley MBA deadlines for the 2016-2017 admissions season. 

    The Kelley MBA deadlines for 2016-2017 are as follows:

    Early Round Application Deadline: October 15, 2016 Notification Date: December 20,  2016

    Priority Deadline Application Deadline: January 5, 2017 Notification Date: March 15, ... Read More

  • The Indian School of Business has posted the PGP 2016-2017 deadlines for its MBA-equivalent Post Graduate Programme in Management.

    Prospective PGP students who hold Indian passports should note that the school conducts its admissions process in two cycles, and encourages applicants to target the earlier of these two deadlines. Meanwhile, non-Indian ... Read More

  • With Round 2 deposit deadlines due over the next few weeks, we know that many of our readers will be asking about the background checks conducted by leading programs. Here are some quick facts to help explain the process:

    What are background checks? Background checks involve the verification of information that a candidate has provided in his or her ... Read More

  • In this weekly series, we provide a brief rundown of what we know is happening in the week ahead, as far as admissions related MBA deadlines and decisions are concerned at the top business schools.

    This upcoming week we will see a few more decision releases, a number of deposit deadlines as well as a few application deadlines for final rounds.

    Monday, ... Read More

  • First: Our Columbia MBA application guide is out! It discusses the topic we’re covering in this post today from a more practical angle in terms of implications for your strategy, with lots and lots of other super important info-nuggets of gold that you truly need if you’re going to do a good job on this…

    While much of the blahg is ... Read More

  • For Indians targeting an MBA from one of the top schools in USA , here is a piece of good news. Here are 9 options available to fund your dream MBA from one of the top 20 US B-schools. Out of US MBA scholarship options available for international students, we have listed here the scholarship options that are most suitable for Indians. However apart ... Read More

  • I have been blogging about my progress through the CFA program for almost five years now. To give a short summary: I passed Level I on my first try, failed Level II twice, then passed Level II on my third try. This year I’m taking the Level III exam, which is in about six weeks.

    I registered for Level III early and began studying in December. ... Read More

  • In recent years, Columbia Business School has become the bellwether of the MBA admissions season—the first prestige school to release its application essays. But this year Columbia is also a trailblazer in a different sense. This year’s essays buck the recent admission trend toward the Incredible Shrinking Essay: Columbia gives you up to ... Read More

  • Matt Symonds is a Director of Fortuna Admissions and regular contributor to Forbes. The following is adapted from his original article posted March 31, 2016

    Fortune may favor the brave, but when applying to business school it is careful planning and meaningful self-reflection that win the day. With round-one deadlines for the world’s top MBA programs ... Read More

  • With the recent announcement of the 2016-2017 Columbia Business School essay questions, this season’s Essay Topic Analysis series is officially underway.

    While the length of each of CBS essay prompts has been modified, the spirit of each question remains very similar to their questions over the previous few years. Covering both professional plans ... Read More