Matt Symonds, Co-Founder and Director at Fortuna Admissions

Matt Symonds

Co-Founder and Director of Fortuna Admissions

Fortuna Admissions

United States

Consultant Bio

Considered to be one of the most influential voices in business education, Matt Symonds is the first point of contact for many of our clients and brings a truly unique level of insight to business school selection. Bestselling author of Getting the MBA Admissions Edge, sponsored by McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, BCG and Bain, he writes about the MBA for Forbes, The Economist, BusinessWeek, the BBC, and AméricaEconomia. His in-depth industry knowledge makes him a much sought after guest on television, radio, in the press and at conferences.

As the S of QS, Matt founded the highly successful QS World MBA Tour in 1995, and launched the Kaplan Test Prep franchise in continental Europe. His MBA admissions workshops have been attended by more than 80,000 business school hopefuls around the world. Matt enjoys close ties with admissions directors, faculty and deans from top institutions around the globe, and possesses a clear and deep understanding of different b-school admissions criteria.


Company Information

Fortuna Admissions possesses unique insider knowledge of how admissions committees work, because we have been the gatekeepers in the admissions offices of top business schools. Our entire team comprises of former business school professionals from top-tier institutions including Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, London Business School, Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, IE Business School, and UC Berkeley Haas.

We have personally reviewed tens of thousands of applications from candidates all over the world. We have also shaped admissions policy, devised the application processes, and had the final say on who got in. We know the inside track – what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions committees, how your candidacy will stand up versus the competition, and how you can best maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.

Our experience and passion for coaching gives you a level of MBA admissions insight that you won’t find anywhere else. And with our passion for coaching, we can help you bring out the best in yourself so you truly shine in your application and interviews.


Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Fortuna Admissions offers two packages:  Comprehensive School Packages (CSP) & Premium School Packages (PSP).

The Comprehensive and Premium School Package services both include:

Goal Development
Target School List
Application Strategy
School Interaction Strategy
Recommender Strategy
Essay Editing
Resume Review
Biodata/Application Forms Review
Interview Coaching
Decision Management

Comprehensive School Package (CSP): You will work with a dedicated expert coach throughout the entire process, from goal development right through to interview coaching and decision management, with input from our resume specialists and a mid-point review of your entire application by one of our former admissions directors. Our Fortuna coaches have held senior positions at the world’s best MBA programs and are uniquely qualified to help you maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.

Premium School Package (PSP): In addition to working with an expert coach, the Premium School Package includes tailored guidance by one of our former admissions directors at critical stages of the application process.

Special Package Rates:
One-School Package: $4,7250 (CSP) / add $1,425 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,175 (CSP) / add $1,825 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $7,475 (CSP) / add $2,225 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $8,775 (CSP) / add $2,625 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $10,075 (CSP) / add $3,025 (PSP)

Other Services: We also offer other “á la carte” options such as: Early Stage MBA Planning, MBA Resume Review, Admissions Directors’ Evaluation, MBA Interview Prep, MBA Waitlist Strategy, Rejected MBA Application Strategy, and Hourly Consulting.

Please visit our website for more information and pricing.

Location: United States

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: http://www.fortunaadmissions.com


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  • Review for Matt
    2 weeks ago
    "Hi There, I have been a passionate MBA candidate. To apply, I gave my GMAT twice within 3 years - flunking both times at 620. I knew I stood no chance for my desired MBA. However, in parallel, my professional profile was on an overdrive. January 2016: Browsing the web, I came across Matt's profile and seeing his established credibility, booked a call with him for my profile screening. Matt did an honest screening of my profile and clearly told me: "Shubham: I am going to say something you don't want to hear. Just give the GMAT again. I literally beg you". According to his assessment, my profile had everything needed in a 'Strong Application' and my GMAT was the only blocker. Sounds pretty crazy, ...Read the full review.
    Class of 2018, Admit
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