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Sharon Joyce

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

United States

Consultant Bio

With over 25 years of experience in admissions and student affairs, Sharon is a seasoned professional in higher education who has been lauded for her innovative approaches in streamlining interview processes at multiple institutions and her efforts to create inclusive communities in graduate education. At UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, she served as the Associate Director of Admissions for the full-time program MBA program, while also collaborating on the overall strategic plan for Haas admissions as a member of the Senior Management team. While at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, she contributed to the success of the MBA program in a role that encompassed admissions and career services.

Sharon received her BA from Chatham University and holds a doctoral degree in Administrative and Policy Studies in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh; her doctoral research was focused on first-generation college students and their rise into graduate programs.

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: $4,925 (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

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: https://fortunaadmissions.com/

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  • Fortuna & ESP Package with Sharon Review
    6 days ago
    Working with Sharon and Fortuna has been an incredible experience. Through a friend’s recommendation, I reached out to Sharon to learn more about her experience and Fortuna. Specifically, I was curious on how I fared against other applicants and to discuss my chances of admission considering my background, undergraduate experience and career. Sharon recommended doing the Early Stage Planning (ESP) package to have a clear path ahead to gain admissions to a top MBA program and to focus on bolstering my overall profile. This is where Sharon’s analysis and experience in the field truly shined. After completing a simple questionnaire detailing information about my past, as well as future goals, and a CliftonStrengths assessment (she is a certified coach for this), Sharon and I reviewed my ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Sharon's Great at Weaving a Narrative Together
    3 weeks ago
    Working with Sharon has been a really positive experience. She asked good questions during our first trial consultation, got a sense for my professional and leadership experiences, and clearly articulated how she could help me with the application. The school I was applying to really values a candidate's journey and aspects of their candidacy beyond academic performance. And Sharon really helped me best represent my leadership experiences and accomplishments. She also knows, having worked with many clients on applications to multiple B-schools, how best to tell one's story, and which aspects to prioritize shining the light on. I had many leadership experiences in my past, but choosing the right ones and how to articulate their value and impact in the best possible way, was something that ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Consulting with Sharon is a Must!
    2 months ago
    I highly recommend working with Sharon on MBA applications, interviews, strategy, etc. When I decided to purchase an hourly consulting package, I was expecting help with overall strategy and a few essay prompts. In the short time Sharon and I spent together, she helped me with my overall strategy, every single essay (for 5 schools!), and short answer questions. She even proofread 2 applications before I hit submit. Sharon was extremely conscious of my time and was transparent about how the hours were spent. She made the stressful process of business school applications more manageable and enjoyable. Even more than that, I felt that she genuinely understood me and sincerely brought the best of me forward in every part of the application. I was invited to ...
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    Laura Dyer
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • I Expected A Top 25 Not A HSW!!!
    2 months ago
    Who am I? I am a military pilot with a good GPA from a state school and an average GRE score for my target programs. My success: 2019-2020 application cycle, applying R2, I had done zero work on my applications or essays and had roughly 45 days until the R2 deadlines. Sharon was instrumental in my ability to complete applications to 7 Top 10 MBA programs within 45 days— I was working full time. I received 6 admits, 1 waitlist, and ultimately accepted an offer to attend Wharton w/$. How she helped: 1) Identifying the characteristics, each school was looking for and the underlying questions each essay was asking. 2) Selecting my best story to tackle each question. 3) She changed my writing style from procedural to ...
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    Eric Z.
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Sharon Is The Best Consultant Out There - She Is Amazing!!!
    2 months ago
    I have worked with Sharon from start to finish on a number of applications and I can safely say that it was the best decision I made. I was admitted to Yale SOM, UCLA Anderson, NYU Stern, USC Marshall and other schools on my list and I could not have done it without her excellent guidance and help during the admissions process. She knows the business school application process and different programs really well and thoroughly cares about her clients. She dedicated an incredible amount of time getting to know me (including discussing my strengths after a CliftonStrengths assessment) brainstorming my professional goals, gave detailed feedback on my resume, all my essays (including many drafts) and all parts of the written application and worked extensively ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • So Grateful To Have Found Sharon!
    2 months ago
    I am so grateful that I found Sharon early on in this process. Fortuna gave me a candid assessment of my chances at my target schools and then paired me with Sharon based on the schools I was applying to. From the first phone call, I knew I'd found a good match and that she GOT me, and we proceeded with hourly consulting after that. I appreciated that in every essay, short answer, interview prep session, etc., she helped me show myself to my full potential, rather than trying to make me out to be something different than I am. She's organized, caring, funny, savvy, and will be your ultimate cheerleader during this process. She's also efficient and would never waste your time or money, ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Strongly Recommend Sharon!!
    2 months ago
    I bought the 3 school package with Sharon Joyce and it was the best investment I made in preparation for the business school admission process! I strongly recommend working with Sharon as an admissions consultant. In June/July 2019, I interviewed multiple admissions consultancies and I'm telling you right now, stop what you're doing, stop talking to anyone else, pick up the phone and call Sharon!! By the end of our first call together I already knew Sharon was different and that I was in incredible hands. She had this remarkably wide, expansive view of the world and my place in it, yet also picked up on little (most would think innocuous) details in my stories that would go on to play major roles in our future brainstorming sessions/my ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Sharon is Outstanding
    5 months ago
    I worked with Sharon on three sets of essays. She is candid and provides excellent feedback, and has an excellent ability to bring to life the ideas I had. She turned around feedback very quickly and was always available to reach during the weeks I worked with her. She was able to help me bring my essays to a whole new level through her in-depth understanding of the process and her thoughtful feedback. Sharon is outstanding and I would certainly recommend her to others who could use her help!
    Class of 2022 Applicant
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  • Hourly Consulting - SO worth it!
    5 months ago
    I was on the fence about whether to work with a consultant for my MBA applications and finally made a decision to go for it just 3 weeks before my Round 1 deadlines. Working with Sharon was such a great experience and I am so glad I made the decision to do it. I was thrilled to hear that got into MIT Sloan which was one of my top choices!! Sharon is incredibly perceptive and did a great job at getting up to speed on what I was thinking. I had already done quite a bit of the prep work at getting applications ready so really appreciated her honest take on how many hours would be helpful and what type of support might be the ...
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    Class of 2022 Applicant
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  • Hourly Service With Sharon - 100% Worth It!!
    8 months ago
    The first thing I'll say is that I only worked with Sharon for 2 hours, so the fact that I'm writing a review is a testament to how amazing I found Sharon to be and how valuable I found her services. I purchased the 2-hour hourly service package through Fortuna 3 days before the deadline for one of my schools (top 10). Given the tight timeline, Matt (the founder) immediately connected me with Sharon, and we got the ball rolling right away. I originally only wanted an admissions consultant to review one of my three essays that I felt the most uncertain about - expecting maybe a couple of recommendations on content and a few word choice edits. However, Sharon went above and beyond. She reviewed all ...
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