Upcoming Shanghai Coffee Chat

Are you going to be in Shanghai on 20 December 2014? Would you like to learn more about the Darden School of Business? If so, then join alumni and current Darden students for a time of coffee and conversation about Darden. This will be a great opportunity to learn firsthand what the Darden experience is like.

For more information about the event and how to RSVP, please visit our registration page.

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Class of 2017 Round 1 Decision Updates

All Round 1 decisions were released today, Wednesday, 17 December at noon (ET). An e-mail was sent out indicating a change in your application status. You can log into the application system to view your decision.

Darden gives applicants who are not offered admission the opportunity to receive feedback on their application at the end of the admissions cycle. If you plan to reapply to Darden next year and would like feedback on your application, you will be able to sign up for a feedback appointment in June.

We will have additional information for those placed on the waitlist later this week.

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Fall 2014 Student Blog Highlights

The best way to learn about life at a particular business school is by talking to a current student. Several Darden students have volunteered to blog about their experiences over their two years in the MBA program. Here are some of the highlights from the fall.

Darden Eats: Rich’s Pizza by Amy Appleby

Through their signature dishes, Amy gives you a glimpse into the lives of Darden students outside of the classroom.

Job Treks by Stuart Cameron

Stuart wants to make sure you know about Job Treks: student-organized trips to major cities for the sole purpose of visiting companies and getting a first-hand look at their company culture.

The Ride I Will Never Forget! by Archana Rao

After going on a roadtrip to test out some of the best roller coasters in America, Archana realizes that roller coasters are very similar to career recruiting.

Going to Gemba – Darden Site Visits to Learn About LEAN by Kyle Galle

Kyle describes a recent trip his class took to the Charlottesville location of GE – Intelligent Platforms to learn about LEAN.

Gratitude by Aparna Warrier

Aparna takes a moment to reflect on a few of the things she’s thankful for.

You can find the complete list of student blogs on our website.

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Reminder: Diversity Webinar This Week

This week concludes our series of webinars about diversity at the Darden School of Business! This is a great opportunity for prospective students who want to learn more about Darden, chat with current Darden students and hear more about their MBA experiences.

Also, this week is a live Q&A with MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher through Beat the GMAT, where you can get all of your questions about the Darden MBA answered.

View our website for the most up-to-date event schedule.

Webinar: Hispanic Students at Darden

Wednesday, 10 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
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Join us for a Q&A session with a panel of Hispanic Second Year students about what it is like to be a part of the Darden, U.Va, and Charlottesville communities. The students will discuss their experiences with Hispanic-focused clubs, organizations, and conferences at Darden and in the greater MBA community. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

Beat the GMAT Chat: Why Darden? An Introduction to the Darden MBA and Q&A with Admissions Dean Sara Neher

Thursday, 11 December 2014
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Easter Standard Time
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Join us for a live Q&A with Sara Neher, assistant dean of MBA Admissions at the Darden School of Business, and get all your admissions questions answered.

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Three Things You Should Know About the Darden MBA

The Round 2 application deadline for the Darden School of Business is quickly approaching. Is Darden on your short list?

If you are still deciding, there are three things we want to make sure you know about the Darden MBA: the student experience is engaging and enriching; the faculty are highly accessible and dedicated to your growth; and the alumni network is far-reaching and powerful. In this video, MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher goes into detail about what makes the Darden MBA valuable to your business education.


Video: 3 Things You Should Know About the Darden MBA

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Reminder: Diversity Webinars This Week

Remember: this week kicks off our series of webinars about diversity at the Darden School of Business! This is a great opportunity for prospective students who want to learn more about Darden, chat with current Darden students, and hear more about their MBA experiences.

View our website for the most up-to-date event schedule.

Webinar: LGBT Students at Darden

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
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In this Q&A session, learn about what it is like to be a part of the Darden, U.Va, and Charlottesville communities from the perspective of LGBT students and allies. The students will discuss Darden’s LGBT community, as well as share LGBT-friendly opportunities in student clubs, organizations, and conferences. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

Webinar: Black Students at Darden

Thursday, 4 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
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Join our panel of Second Year students for a Q&A session about what it is like to be a part of the black community at Darden, U.Va, and in Charlottesville. The students will share their experiences with clubs, organizations, and conferences that are designed to promote the success of black professionals in business. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

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Introducing the Darden SWAT Team

Darden students are known for taking the initiative and implementing ideas that improve the MBA experience. In today’s blog, Second Year student Stephen Reiff discusses how a new initiative geared towards energizing First Year students evolved from concept to reality:

Greetings Prospective Students!

I’m a Second Year student at Darden writing to tell you about an exciting new initiative we’ve implemented this year called the Darden SWAT team.

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The SWAT team concept was derived as a result of an analysis of the First Year experience as part of Professor Jeanne Liedtka’s class, “Innovation and Design Thinking.” It’s no secret that Darden students work hard, and our mission as the SWAT team is to spontaneously and creatively encourage First Years.

Darden SWAT

For our first event, which occurred before the First Years embarked on their first exam period, the SWAT team burst into each and every learning team room playing the theme song “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie loudly and proudly to announce our arrival. Using a megaphone, we promptly informed each learning team that ice cream sandwiches were waiting from them in Flagler Courtyard. Though it was hard to pull some of the teams away from their Excel models, the event was a huge success and was a successful introduction of the SWAT team, who would soon reappear on a cold morning about a month later…

The date was 20 October and the temperature at 7:30 a.m. that Monday morning was around 30-degrees – it felt like the first day of winter! The recruiting process was also in full force and the First Years looked half-asleep as they rounded the corner for their 8:00 a.m. classes. However, this morning, the Darden SWAT team along with other Second Year volunteers and faculty members were out to greet them, passing out power bars and Gatorades. We waved around signs and gave out countless high fives with, of course, “Everything is Awesome” playing on repeat in the background.

Darden SWAT

As one First Year wrote in our school newspaper, “Walking through Ivy Apartments…I could barely feel my face and I couldn’t care less. The Darden SWAT team showed up from nowhere and cheered us to plow through.”

A month later, towards the end of November, the SWAT team struck again as the First Years sat in a rare 8:00 a.m. Friday morning class after a long week of cases and recruiting. Bursting in through the classroom doors, the four SWAT team members ran into the room with Chick-Fil-A breakfast sandwiches and Gatorade for everyone. As one professor wrote to our team afterwards, “The First Years appreciated the breakfast, and more importantly, the support and energy.”

The rest of the events we have planned are top-secret at the moment, but the Darden SWAT team will continue to strive to spontaneously and creatively encourage our beloved First Year class.”

Stephen Reiff
Chair, Darden SWAT team

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Upcoming Diversity Webinars

Join us this December for a series of webinars about diversity at the Darden School of Business. These online events are for prospective students who want to learn more about Darden, chat with current Darden students, and hear more about their MBA experiences.

View our website for the most up-to-date event schedule.

Webinar: LGBT Students at Darden

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Register

In this Q&A session, learn about what it is like to be a part of the Darden, U.Va, and Charlottesville communities from the perspective of LGBT students and allies. The students will discuss Darden’s LGBT community, as well as share LGBT-friendly opportunities in student clubs, organizations, and conferences. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

Webinar: Black Students at Darden

Thursday, 4 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Register

Join our panel of Second Year students for a Q&A session about what it is like to be a part of the black community at Darden, U.Va, and in Charlottesville. The students will share their experiences with clubs, organizations, and conferences that are designed to promote the success of black professionals in business. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

Webinar: Japanese Perspectives on the Darden MBA

Saturday, 6 December 2014
10:00 – 11:00 Tokyo Time
Register

Are you interested in pursuing your MBA in the United States? Would you like to talk to current Japanese MBA students about their business school experience? If this describes you, join us for a chat hosted by Darden Second Year students from Japan. In this webinar you will learn about the Darden School of Business, the life of an MBA student, Charlottesville, tips for MBA applications, and much more. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about applying to business school.

Webinar: Hispanic Students at Darden

Wednesday, 10 December 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Register

Join us for a Q&A session with a panel of Hispanic Second Year students about what it is like to be a part of the Darden, U.Va, and Charlottesville communities. The students will discuss their experiences with Hispanic-focused clubs, organizations, and conferences at Darden and in the greater MBA community. Come prepared with questions, as this is a great opportunity to learn from current students.

 

Beat the GMAT Chat: Why Darden? An Introduction to the Darden MBA and Q&A with Admissions Dean Sara Neher

Thursday, 11 December 2014
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Easter Standard Time
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Join us for a live Q&A with Sara Neher, assistant dean of MBA Admissions at the Darden School of Business, and get all your admissions questions answered.

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The Darden Brand Challenge and Our Upcoming Women’s Event in NYC

The annual Brand Challenge, an event in which the Darden community tests the newest products on the market and provides feedback on a variety of brands’ latest innovations, took place this past Friday. Among the products featured were beautiful Aston Martin cars.

Additionally, Dr. Ulrich Bez, the chairman and former CEO of Aston Martin, was a guest speaker in the Darden Leadership Speaker Series last week, giving students the opportunity to learn more about Aston Martin, the transportation industry, and Dr. Bez’s experiences as a leader in the company.

However, that is not the only exciting thing happening these days. Darden Admissions is thrilled to announce that on 4 December, we will be hosting a Women’s Event in New York City. Guests will be able to experience Darden’s case method in person, as well as talk to alumnae about their experiences at Darden.

For more details, watch the latest video blog from MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher below, or check out our registration page.


Video: Darden MBA Women’s Event in New York City

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Upcoming Darden Admissions Webinars and Chats

There are always new opportunities to learn more about the Darden School of Business. Darden Admissions would like to invite you to attend one of several upcoming online events for prospective students. At each of these events, you will be able to chat with current Darden students and learn more about their MBA experiences. View our website for an updated event schedule.

Beat the GMAT Chat: What Every MBA Student Needs to Know

Wednesday, 19 November 2014
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
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Join us for a live Q&A with Erica Breese, a Second Year MBA student at the U.Va. Darden School of Business.

Webinar: Thai Students and the Darden MBA

Friday, 21 November 2014
21:00 – 22:00 Bangkok Time
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Have you seen the Darden School listed among top-ranked MBA programs and wanted to learn more about it?  Join Darden Second Year student Mint (Kanokrat) Namasondhi for a chat “in Thai.”  Mint will share her thoughts on what makes the Darden experience one of the world’s best.  Learn about her life as a Darden student inside and outside the classroom.  Find out about internships and post-MBA career opportunities, the curriculum, case method teaching style, and interactions with faculty.  Be ready with your questions – Mint is eager to meet you during the webinar.

Webinar: Japanese Perspectives on the Darden MBA

Saturday, 6 December 2014
10:00 – 11:00 Tokyo Time
Register

Are you interested in pursuing your MBA in the United States? Would you like to talk to current Japanese MBA students about their business school experience? If this describes you, join us for a chat hosted by Darden Second Year students from Japan. In this webinar you will learn about the Darden School of Business, the life of an MBA student, Charlottesville, tips for MBA applications, and much more. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive advice about applying to business school.

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