A Day in the Life: Learning Accounting Through Darden’s Case Study Method

Ranked the #1 Education Experience by The Economist, Darden’s learning environment is intensive, inspiring and life-changing. We combine the case study method with experiential learning to immerse you in real-life business situations, preparing you to be an agile decision-maker who is ready to face any challenge.

In the following video, you’ll see Darden student Monica Jasty as she works her way through an accounting case with her learning team and with her section. Watch the dynamic learning process unfold in the classroom, led by Accounting professor Luann Lynch, a member of Darden’s top-ranked faculty.

Video: Learning Accounting Through Darden’s Case Study Method

Are you interested in seeing the case method in person? Visit our website to sign up for a class visit.

We hope to see you soon!

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Q&A With Darden Student on Beat The GMAT

Thursday, 30 October 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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Join Second Year student Derek Rey to learn more about the Darden student experience. Derek leveraged the Darden MBA to transition from the military to investment banking and is excited to share more about Darden’s case method experience, top-ranked faculty and global alumni network.

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MBA Admissions Dean Video Blog: Class Visits, Travel Updates and More

MBA Admissions Dean Video Blog: Class Visits, Travel Updates and More

In this week’s video blog, Darden MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher provides a few updates on the application process, class visit opportunities, admissions events and more.

Interested in visiting Darden? View our class visit calendar.

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CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles (MBA ’88): From Veterinarian to Non-Profit Leader

The Forté Foundation is a partnership between leading companies and top business schools working together to increase women’s access to education and business networks, as well as motivate young women to pursue leadership positions.

Forté recently featured Darden alumna Carolyn Miles (MBA ’88) in their Women of Leadership Profiles. In the article, Carolyn discussed her path from majoring in animal behavior as an undergraduate to pursuing her MBA and eventually being promoted to President and CEO of global non-profit Save the Children.

When asked if her MBA was applicable in the non-profit environment, Carolyn responded:

“We work in 120 countries; we have 24,000 people who work for Save the Children around the world; we’re a 2 billion dollar operation globally. In those ways all the things you need for a global business you need for an organization like Save the Children.”

Read more about Carolyn Miles and her role as President and CEO of Save the Children on the Forté Foundation website.

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Upcoming Darden MBA Online Events

If you’re still in the process of researching MBA programs, we invite you to learn more about the Darden MBA through the following online events:

Darden Admissions Webinars

Meet Darden Admissions representatives online on select Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (EST) during our Darden Admissions Webinars. These live webinars will feature different topics to help you learn more about what distinguishes the Darden experience, faculty and network from other top MBA programs.

To participate these webinars, simply log into our online platform as a guest at the time of the event.

Webinar: Why Darden? An Introduction to the Darden MBA

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
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Join Director of Admissions Whitney Kestner for this live webinar to learn more about the Darden MBA’s active learning experience, top-ranked faculty and tight-knit alumni network. There will be a 15-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Webinar: Life at Darden for Chinese Students

Friday, 24 October 2014
21:00 – 22:30 Beijing Time
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Join us for a chat “in Chinese” with current Darden students to learn more about the Darden School, MBA life, Charlottesville, application tips, academic and professional opportunities and more.

Webinar: Diversity at Darden

Wednesday, 5 November 2014
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time
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A core part of the Darden School mission is to foster a diverse community that broadens understanding and elevates performance in the classroom and in business. Meet Associate Director for Diversity Recruitment Karen Ohen and a panel of MBA students for a discussion about the Darden community and learn more about diversity resources and affinity groups at Darden and around Charlottesville. There will be a 15-minute panel discussion, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Beat the GMAT

Q&A With Darden Second Year Student Derek Rey

Thursday, 30 October 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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Join Second Year student Derek Rey to learn more about the Darden student experience. Derek leveraged the Darden MBA to transition from the military to investment banking and is excited to share more about Darden’s case method experience, top-ranked faculty and global alumni network.

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MBA Application Dos and Don’ts

The Darden Admissions Committee has started reading Round 1 applications and will begin extending invitations to interview on a rolling basis later this month.

For those applying in Rounds 2 and 3, Darden MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher would like to offer a few application tips, particularly on how to approach the essay and short answer questions.

Learn more about how the Admissions Committee reviews the essay and short answer questions in Sara’s video blog below:

Video: Darden MBA Application Dos and Don’ts

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2015 Forté MBALaunch for Women

Darden is proud to be a founding member of Forté Foundation, an organization committed to helping more women pursue business leadership roles. If you are planning to enroll in an MBA program in Fall 2016, we invite you to learn more about the Forté MBALaunch for Women.

Forté MBALaunch for Women is a 10-month program that will provide you with guidance, resources, and ongoing support in the MBA application process. The program includes a one-day launch event, monthly webinars, peer group meetings, and feedback from experienced advisors.

The 2015 program is hosted in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, London, New York, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

Program Benefits

  • Attend a one-day kick-off event featuring intensive workshops with experienced speakers
  • A two-month intensive GMAT preparation with 13 webinars, 4 study sessions, and 2 practice tests facilitated by leading test prep companies
  • Gain insights and advice about the admissions process through 8 months of webinars, discussion groups, and assignments lead by experts and alumnae
  • Access to monthly Office Hours meetings to speak with experts about the questions that concern you the most
  • Attend monthly peer group meetings and gather application feedback from peers and your MBA alumnae advisor
  • Over 20 business schools will waive your MBA application fee

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1 Applications for Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C.: November 2
  • Round 2 Applications for Boston, Houston, London, and Toronto: November 9
  • Final Round Applications for ALL CITIES: November 16

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Social Impact Around the World With Global Consulting Projects

Global Field Experiences (GFEs) are MBA electives that give students the opportunity to provide consulting services to an international company or organization.

This year’s Global Field Experiences will be offered in Kathmandu, Manila, Nigeria, Hanoi, Amsterdam, Shandong, Thohoyandou, Stockholm and a globally focused experience within U.S. borders in Corning, New York.

Guided by a faculty adviser, students will consult remotely with sponsoring organizations in these locations over the course of the semester. In November and December, they will make on-site visits to meet with their clients face-to-face, conduct on-the-ground research and present deliverables.

Last year, students worked with Freeset Global, a company that manufactures custom bags, shirts and other garments, in Calcutta, India. By providing jobs for the women it employs, Freeset addresses the growing problem of human trafficking — freeing the women from forced participation in the sex trade and providing a better life for them and their children.

In their project, students generated a detailed analysis of the current Freeset business strategy, customer base and marketing strategy, and they envisioned a large-scale growth strategy that will provide an increasing number of women the economic alternative to indentured servitude. This included identifying product diversification/positioning opportunities, new distribution partners and a communications plan.

In the following video, Annie Hilton, co-founder of Freeset Global, and Chirag “CJ” Jain (MBA ’14) discuss the mission of Freeset Global in Calcutta, India, its relationship with Darden, and how both have benefited from working together to grow the business globally.

Video: Freeset — A Darden Global Experience

Learn more about past Darden Global Field Experiences, as well as future global partnerships.

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Update: MBA Round 1 Application

Due to technical difficulties at the time of our deadline, we will continue accepting applications until Monday at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). You will still be considered in Round 1.

We look forward to reading your application!

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Round 1 Application Due Today at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)

Darden’s Round 1 application to the full-time format of our MBA program is due today at 5:00 p.m. (EDT).

Due to the high volume of traffic, you may encounter some technical difficulties. If this occurs, please simply sign-out and log back in. If this does not solve your issue, contact us at admissionstechsupport@darden.virginia.edu or call us at +1 434-924-1051.  Please note that after 5:30 p.m. EDT we prefer that you email us with any technical difficulties.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your application!

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