Catherine Tuttle

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

A skilled admissions coach, marketer and career counselor, Catherine is an expert at crafting messages that are specifically tailored to an admissions committee. She brings deep MBA experience as a former Associate Director of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. At Duke, Catherine worked in the Career Management Center, serving as the liaison with Admissions and leading the career counseling team to create, implement, and evaluate full-time and executive career programs. She has extensive experience coaching MBA students to prepare for the recruiting process and is one of Fortuna’s resume experts. Catherine holds a BA and an MEd from North Carolina State University.

Company Information

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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

Goal development. Candidacy positioning. Interview coaching. Designed to guide you carefully through the entire application process, our MBA packages draw on our team’s industry expertise as former Directors and Associate Directors of Admissions at the world’s best business schools. For the highest impact, we recommend our Comprehensive Package or Premium Package Upgrade services.

One-School Package: $5,900 (Expert coach) $6,900 (director / senior expert coach)
Two-School Package: $7,900 (Expert coach) $9,200 (director / senior expert coach)
Three-School Package: $9,750 (Expert coach) $11,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Four-School Package: $11,450 (Expert coach) $13,350 (director / senior expert coach)
Five-School Package: $13,000 (Expert coach) $15,200 (director / senior expert coach)

You will work with a dedicated Expert Coach throughout the entire process, with input from our resume specialist and a mid-point review of your entire application by another of our Expert Coaches. 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 business school.

Location: United States

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: https://fortunaadmissions.com/team-member/catherine-tuttle/

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  • Awesome MBA Coach
    3 months ago
    Catherine was a pivotal resource in my applications to both Darden and Fuqua for their EMBA programs. She diligently worked with me on all aspects of my application, most importantly helped me to extract my core values and goals and translate that into my applications in a way that resonated. I would not have been able to do it without her and would highly recommend her to any applicant for any MBA program formats. Thank you Catherine!
    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Could Not Have Asked For A Better Coach!
    10 months ago
    I started working with Catherine pretty late. About a month or so before R1 applications were due. I came from a non-MBA background and she really helped me bring my strengths to the forefront and highlight the diversity of my pre-MBA experiences. She had a lot of great insights on what the schools wanted and even reached out to other consultants within Fortuna for help in reviewing my application and essays when she thought that was necessary. I had initially planned to apply to only 2 schools and she recommended a school that I had not even considered because I thought it was out of my reach and I got in there! I am headed there this fall. She was always accessible. I remember facing ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • I Was Accepted To My Dream School!
    1 year ago
    I decided to work with Fortuna Admissions because of a recommendation from a close friend. I had an excellent experience from day 1. Fortuna was organized, quick to respond, and friendly. I had an initial consultation call with Catherine that went great, and I immediately knew that she was a great fit to be my coach. Throughout the entire process, Catherine was very kind and effective in her work. She helped me highlight my strengths and guided me throughout the process of networking with programs, crafting essays, and preparing for my interview. Catherine had great insight into what my top school was looking for in an applicant. After a few months of weekly conversations and preparation, I was admitted to my dream school! I could not ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • Admitted To Several Target Schools
    2 years ago
    Working with Catherine was a fantastic experience. I had an average GPA and GRE score, but Catherine helped me dive deep into my experiences and motivations to tell my story. Without Catherine, my application would have been a mess which would not have accurately conveyed my qualities and motivation to the admissions committee. She was thorough, flexible, and helped adapt my application to multiple programs depending on their unique cultures and priorities. I would absolutely recommend her to applicants seeking to set their narrative and student/alumni connections front and center in their application.
    Stephen Caskey
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Great MBA Coach
    2 years ago
    I started working with Catherine later in the admissions process than I would recommend (a few weeks before R1 deadline). I reached out to Fortuna and was then connected to Catherine after my consultation call. I was initially attracted to Catherine's profile because she was previously at Fuqua (my top choice) and her profile highlighted her ability to stay calm/cool/collected - which I thought I would need being that the timeline I was working with was tight. Catherine worked with me on the majority of my application: LORs, essays, advice (i.e. - talking with students, attending events, asking questions), and resume (minor tweaking). I utilized the 2 school package and had her help with my 2 hardest schools and then did hourly for my target and backup ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • I Absolutely Could Not Have Done It Without Catherine
    2 years ago
    Without the help of Fortuna Admissions, I would not have gotten into my top choice school, CBS. I came to Fortuna through a referral and Judith was quick to hop on a call with me to understand my background and needs. I spent 2018-2022 singing opera but realized I wanted to transition my career into business in 2020. I was interested in management consulting and she suggested I speak with a former client who had also sung opera before transitioning into management consulting with BCG. After speaking with him I felt confident that I could apply despite my nontraditional background. Judith arranged a few meet and greets with potential admissions consultants, and after a few minutes on zoom with Catherine Tuttle, I knew she was ...
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    Shelley Mihm
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Phenomenal MBA Consultant
    4 years ago
    Catherine worked with me on all aspects of my application: resume, essays, interview prep, and everything in between. With her extensive admissions background from working at Fuqua, her help was invaluable in helping me get into Darden. She’s everything I needed in a consultant and I would without a doubt not have gotten in without her help. I’m all honesty - you’d be hard-pressed to find a better consultant in your admissions journey. I’d give her more than five stars if I could.
    John McDonough
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • LOW GPA Success Story
    4 years ago
    When I was weighing my options on whether or not to get an MBA, I was making really really good money. However, it wasn't what I ultimately wanted to do long term and knew that I needed to go back to school to ultimately get me into a more challenging and beneficial (long term role). For an MBA to worth my time, I knew I would have to get into a top-ranked program. However, there was one serious problem with doing so: I had a terrible undergraduate GPA - A whopping 2.5. Something I never thought I would be able to overcome. I spoke to numerous admissions consultants through the free consultations they offer who advised me that while it was certainly possible to ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Breath of Fresh air!... Very Highly Recommended!
    4 years ago
    Catherine came in as a blessing during a phase of high uncertainty during my college applications and careers transitions. Given that I come from an overly represented and therefore, a very competitive pool of Indian applicants, I was confused between whether to go for an Admissions Consultant based out of India or whether to take the services of someone closer to the ground based in the US. At the time I was exploring, I came across Fortuna Admissions and the kind of confidence Matt showed in my profile made the decision fairly easy for me. But it was only when I started working with Catherine that I finally started believing in the power of her insight and the value of working with a Consultant who is ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • The Savior - Highly Recommended for International Applicants Targeting Top 15
    4 years ago
    After having unsuccessful admission in Round 2 in 2018, I reached out to Fortuna Admissions for help to apply in R1 to top 15 US B Schools. They connected me with Catherine as they thought that we would be a good fit and she can be a great guide considering my profile. Today I can say that they couldn't be surer. She was very systematic in her approach and knew what the applicants’ strengths were and how to leverage them. She was always ready to talk to on any aspect of the application and that is what I was looking for. I wanted to work with a consultant who believed in more personal interaction/attention and did not want communication just over mail. And Catherine was ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Thank you Catherine!
    6 years ago
    I really enjoyed my time working with Catherine. She coached me through three round two applications and I was admitted to two schools – UNC and Emory which included a scholarship for half of my tuition. I’m from an over represented applicant pool with a 700 GMAT and less than a 3.0 GPA from an unknown undergrad. I truly believe Catherine made a huge impact, and I highly recommend her to any potential MBA applicant. The first thing I did was complete a very thorough worksheet that spelled out my background, my career accomplishments, career path, extra-curriculars, recommenders and my general strengths and weaknesses. Then we had a long phone-call so I could explain anything she still had questions about. I really thought this was a ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • The best experience possible
    6 years ago
    The whole process was as smooth as it possibly could. Catherine took all the time I needed to make sure that every single part of my application was perfect. I had a low GMAT score, well below my dream schools' average, however, we were able to highlight the right aspects of my background and tell a very good story. I got admitted to all the schools I was targeting, even the one that I thought was way out of reach for me. Catherine's and Judith's input was invaluable for me since I hadn't studied in the US and hadn't even had a chance to visit the campuses! I can't thank Catherine enough for going above and beyond along the whole journey.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • A calming force in a stressful process
    7 years ago
    The guidance of Fortuna Advisers and my coach Catherine Tuttle was invaluable as I navigated the overwhelming and stressful process of applying to business school. From the outset, Judith and Catherine worked with me set expectations, select target schools and develop a timeline with key application milestones to keep me on track. Catherine's feedback helped me craft my resume and develop my personal narrative that would standout among the other applicants. In moments of stress, Catherine's calm and confident approach allowed me to stay focused and productive. I'm very grateful for the resources and guidance Fortuna provided and am thrilled to have been admitted to my top choice!
    - Kate Cox
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  • The Best!
    7 years ago
    Having gone through the application process unsuccessfully the previous year I am able to especially appreciate the constant support and guidance that I have received from Catherine throughout my application journey this year. We worked together on three schools and I received admission offers from two of them while being wait-listed for the third. I daresay I actually enjoyed the application process this time around as Catherine not only helped me identify the right schools but also helped me present my best case as to why I should be a part of their class. Her suggestions and interventions made all the difference in my applications and interviews and her constant availability and support helped make this a stress-free experience. Looking back I do not think ...
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    - skundalia404@gmail.com
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  • Could not have asked for a better help for my B-School admission process!
    8 years ago
    There is only so much preparation that an applicant can do alone when it comes to preparing for the application process at a top-ranked B-School. As an older applicant (read longer work experience) I had both pros and cons in my profile which needed to be dealt with appropriately. I dabbled with the application process to some schools on my own, enlisted the help of friends and read a lot (really a lot!) of admission blogs. But it was only after I spoke to the Fortuna team and enlisted their help that I got clarity on how to highlight my strengths and make up for any weaknesses. Clarity is what my work with Fortuna brought to the whole process. Once I had the clarity, my ...
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    Class of 2017 Admit
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