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Catherine Tuttle

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

United States

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


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: $4,9250 (CSP) / add $1,400 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,425 (CSP) / add $1,800 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $7,775 (CSP) / add $2,200 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $9,125 (CSP) / add $2,600 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $10,475 (CSP) / add $3,000 (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



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  • Thank you Catherine!
    1 year 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
    1 year 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
    2 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!
    3 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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  • Could not have asked for a better help for my B-School admission process!
    3 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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