Darden on the West Coast

This week, Darden will be on the west coast at several multi-school MBA admissions events. We are excited to be in California and hope you can join us for one of the events to meet members of our dynamic network and learn more about the Darden experience. Continue reading

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Class of 2015 Top Hiring Companies Announced

The Economist ranks Darden No. 1 for its diversity of recruiters, with Darden graduates being hired by a wide range of companies. And not only are the recruiters diverse, but some of the most prestigious companies in the world are hiring Darden students.

This list of top hiring companies for the Class of 2015 collectively hired more than one-third of the entire class.

Top Hiring Companies at Darden (Class of 2015)

McKinsey & Company
Boston Consulting Group
Bain & Company
Goldman Sachs
Deutsche Bank
Harris Williams
As you continue to do research on the MBA program that is right for you, we encourage you to check out the resources offered by our Career Development Center.

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July Events: The Value of an MBA for Women


Throughout the summer, Darden will be participating in several multi-school events that are geared toward women. These events will begin with a diverse panel discussion featuring alumnae from different business schools, including Darden. Following the panel, you will be able to mingle with alumnae to hear more about their MBA experiences and ask school-specific questions. There will also be Darden admissions representatives at each of the events.

These multi-school women’s events kick off this week. Darden will be at events around the country, including multi-school women’s events in Washington, DC, and New York, NY. We will have an alumna representing us on each of the panels, as well as other alumnae available to answer your questions at the Darden tables. Please join us to learn more about the MBA experience!

DC: Tuesday, 14 July (Register Now)

Panelist: Shelley Reese (MBA ‘08), Senior Assoicate at Booz Allen Hamilton

Also in attendance:
Natalie Foley (MBA ’12), VP and COO at Peer Insight
Caroline Schoenecker (MBA ’11), Chief of Staff at Deloitte

NYC: Wednesday, 15 July (Register Now)

Panelist: Taylor Meyer (MBA ’13), Vice President at PIMCO

Also in attendance:
Deanna de Arango (MBA ’13), Director, Global Skincare Marketing, The Estee Lauder Companies
Maria DeMuro (MBA ’12), Associate at Barclays Investment Bank

For a full list of Darden’s events and receptions this summer, please visit our website. We hope that you will join us to learn more about Darden and other top business schools when we come to your city. We look forward to meeting you!

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Meet Darden Admissions in July

We are excited to join our colleagues at several multi-school events starting this month.  Please join us to learn more about Darden and other top business schools when we come to your city!

The multi-school events in July are:

Tuesday, 14 July
Multi-School Women’s Event (Washington, DC): Register Now
Multi-School Women’s Event (Chicago, IL): Register Now

Wednesday, 15 July
Multi-School Women’s Event (New York, NY): Register Now
Multi-School Event (Minneapolis, MN): Register Now

Thursday, 16 July
Multi-School Women’s Event (Boston, MA): Register Now

Tuesday, 21 July
Multi-School Women’s Event (San Francisco, CA): Register Now

Wednesday, 22 July
Multi-School Event (Los Angeles, CA): Register Now

Thursday, 23 July
Multi-School Event (San Diego, CA): Register Now

Stop by these events and introduce yourself to a member of the Darden Admissions Committee as well as Darden alumni. We look forward to getting to know you and sharing more about the Darden experience along with tips for the application process.

For more information on our other events and receptions, please visit the Darden website.

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Attend a Multi-School Event in Tel Aviv on 8 July

Tel Aviv MBA Admissions Multi-School Event
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm
The Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel
10 Eliezer Peri Street
Tel Aviv, 63573

On Wednesday, 8 July, please join Darden and other highly-ranked business schools at an event in Tel Aviv. Originally a women’s event, this event is now open to anyone interested in pursuing an MBA. The evening will begin with round table discussions with admissions officers, followed by a networking session. Assistant Dean of Admissions Sara Neher will be representing the Darden School and is looking forward to meeting you.

There is no charge to attend this event. You can register for it here.

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2015 Forte Events Announced

As one of the founding members of the Forté Foundation, Darden is pleased to announce that registration is now open for this year’s Forté Forums. These events, which are held in 12 cities across the globe, allow women considering an MBA to make critical connections with representatives, alumnae, and students of top business schools in North America and Europe – including Darden!

To register, please visit our Events & Receptions page. You can also learn more about the Darden experience for women here. We look forward to seeing you on the road this summer and sharing Darden with you!

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New in the i.Lab: FitMinds

This summer, the i.Lab Incubator at Darden will host FitMinds, a start-up founded by incoming Darden First Year Serge Eygenson. Listen to Serge’s interview with WTJU’s Emily Richardson-Lorente to learn more about his vision, his company, and his summer plans.

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Darden MBA 2015-2016 Essay Question Announced

The essay question for the 2015-16 Darden MBA application season has been posted on the Darden website.

Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to it. (500 words maximum)

While the 2015-16 Darden MBA application is not yet available, we encourage you to get a head start on writing your essay. In addition, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Darden School this summer through events, including Fridays in July, which begin on July 10. Check back throughout the summer for application deadlines, admissions advice, and fall travel dates!

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Darden and the iLab: a Community of Entrepreneurs

The Batten Institute at the Darden School of Business actively promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among students and community members with academic and experiential programs. In this new video, learn about how the Institute is building a community of entrepreneurs with its incubator program at the UVA i.Lab, annual student competitions, and other initiatives. For more information, visit ilabatuva.org.


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Reminder: Admissions Feedback Appointments Available

As a reminder, for those of you reapplying to Darden in the fall, the Admissions Committee has appointments available for you to receive feedback on your application.

At this time, we are not offering feedback appointments to applicants on the waitlist. 

This is an opportunity to find out how you can improve your candidacy for your Darden application for the coming year. Please note that reconsideration for the current admission cycle is not an option.

To schedule a phone appointment, please go to our Application Feedback page and select a time slot in June. Within 48 hours of signing up for an appointment, you will receive an e-mail with the name and phone number for the Admissions Committee member you are to call at the designated time.

We look forward to talking with those of you that sign up!

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