Kellogg | Ms. Retail To Technology
GMAT 670, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Aspiring FinTech Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Fill In The Gaps
GRE 330, GPA 3.21
Darden | Mr. Military Communications Officer
GRE Not taken yet, GPA 3.4
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GRE 336, GPA 5.8/10
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UCLA Anderson | Ms. Qualcomm Quality
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GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
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Berkeley Haas | Mr. Entertainment Agency
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Ross | Mr. Top 25 Hopeful
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Well-Traveled Nonprofit Star
GRE 322, GPA 3.0
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Chicago Booth | Ms. Hotel Real Estate
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Chicago Booth | Mr. EduTech
GRE 337, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Infra-Finance
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Duke Fuqua | Mr. Vigor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6
London Business School | Mr. Family Investment Fund
GMAT 790, GPA 3.0
HEC Paris | Ms. Freelancer
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MIT Sloan | Mr. Sans-Vertebrae
GMAT 730, GPA 3.78
INSEAD | Mr. Business Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.0

Karla Cohen


Fortuna Admissions


United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

Karla has extensive experience in admissions and marketing for highly ranked business programs, having previously served as Manager of the PhD Program for INSEAD as well as the Assistant Director of marketing and admissions for the MBA and Executive MBA programs, operating from both the France and Singapore campuses over seven years.

Additionally, Karla spent three years as Associate Director of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School (HBS), overseeing admissions, marketing, and recruitment as well as providing broader administrative support for the Doctoral Programs Office. She also served on the MBA interview board for the HBS MBA program and partnered with the MBA team to identify and recruit high potential students for admission. Karla has also supported admissions efforts for Stanford GSB.

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: $4,950 (CSP) / add $1,400 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,750 (CSP) / add $1,800 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $8,250 (CSP) / add $2,200 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $9,750 (CSP) / add $2,600 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $11,250 (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: California, United States



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  • Karla is The Reason I Am Headed to HSW
    3 months ago
    I am headed to HSW in the fall, and without Karla, it would not have been possible. Karla was my number one resource during this entire process. Coming from a non-traditional background was intimidating, but Karla demystified the application process. Not only did she help me narrow down what to write about in each part of the application, she also helped me think intentionally about how to frame each experience so the schools would be getting as complete a picture of me as possible; when it came time for it, she also helped me select the stories for my interview. Her extensive experience in and deep knowledge of the admissions process means she knows exactly what the adcoms will be looking for in part of ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Tight Deadline, Amazing Teamwork, Admitted to MIT Sloan!
    5 months ago
    I worked 1-1 with Karla for my MIT Sloan MBA application on what was a tight 2-week application deadline, and thanks to her amazing teamwork and turnaround time we were able to get my application in with a week to spare! Needless to say, we were successful and I am now a proud admit. Karla has deep insight into the adcom’s processes, styles, and thinking, and she specifically knew exactly how to craft and tweak my generic application story to target MIT Sloan. Most importantly, she gave me the confidence to tell my story through the application and interview stages and I no longer felt like I was submitting my materials into a black hole with no feedback! I highly recommend her as a consultant.
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Karla Is Extraordinary! I Loved Working With Her
    5 months ago
    When I was accepted to HBS, Karla was the first person I called. I was fortunate to be able to work with her. Karla supported me on the business school front (demystifying the application process, interview practice, etc.)… she also enabled me to reflect deeply on my career goals. Karla is an expert in her field and extremely knowledgeable. Better yet, she is also passionate, insightful, beyond supportive, and kind. Adored by her clients and truly one of the best-kept secrets in the b-school world. I highly recommend Karla!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Admitted to MIT thanks to her amazing work!
    6 months ago
    I worked closely with Karla on my MIT application. It was a real pleasure to work with her as she is always enthusiastic and very efficient in her work. Her extensive experience in Admissions team of Top MBAs (M7 and INSEAD) is unvaluable as she really knows the specificites of each school and knows where to focus one's efforts to build the best application. One more thing that I loved about Karla is that she is very concerned about the success of her clients. The relationship that she builds with her applicants goes beyond the simple relationship applicant/coach. She is a friend. She is always available to answer questions and never hesitate to put in the extra work to ensure that you get into your dream ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Loved Working with Karla
    6 months ago
    Working with Karla was great. When you first start, you fill out a massive questionnaire for Fortuna. Karla then goes beyond the questionnaire and interviews you to get background and depth so she has a complete picture. In doing so, she elucidated insights that formed the basis of my essays. Karla was very helpful in terms of bouncing ideas off of and helping to get my thoughts succinctly organized. Karla was also helpful in terms of formulating strategy and giving me advice specific to my situation. Karla does a first-rate job on with all of the services she offers.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Personalized Coaching with Great Insights
    6 months ago
    I had the pleasure of working with Karla for the interview portion of my application process. I had a wonderful experience despite being in another country and Karla´s flexibility made the coaching process really easygoing. Her help was key to my admission to my dream school, a top 5 program, as she provided unique insights and positive enthusiasm in going over and over my interview speech. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get into their dream school.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Very Helpful, Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, & Pleasure To Work With!
    6 months ago
    HBS admit. Glad I worked with Karla on this!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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