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

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

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

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

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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The Economist Ranks Darden #1 in Education Experience Four Years in a Row

This morning, The Economist released their 2014 Which MBA? rankings, naming Darden the #1 Education Experience for the fourth year in a row and the #3 MBA program in the world.

In addition, Darden ranked in the following categories:

  • No. 1 in Personal Development and Educational Experience
  • No. 1 in Diversity of Recruiters
  • No. 3 in Opens New Career Opportunities
  • No. 4 in Student Rating of Alumni Effectiveness

See Darden’s profile and the full rankings for more details.

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Tips From Darden’s MBA Admissions Dean: Submitting Your Round 1 Application

Darden’s Round 1 application deadline is on Friday, 10 October at 5:00 p.m. Before you hit the submit button, watch the following video blog by MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher for tips on how to review your application. Sara also talks about what to expect once your application is submitted and the admissions review process.

In addition, learn about recent Darden events and Sara’s recent visit with Darden alumni in BCG Dallas.

MBA Admissions Dean Video Blog: Submitting Your Round 1 Application

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Webinar: Women in Business

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

Darden women make a significant impact every day — at Darden, in the community and around the world. Join this interactive panel of women MBAs as they discuss their experiences at Darden, business school culture, what it means to be a leader, and resources such as the Forte Foundation and Graduate Women in Business. After a brief introduction, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session. We hope to see you there!

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Meet the 2014-2015 Darden Student Bloggers

Learn about life in business school through the Darden Student and Partner Blogs. Follow 17 students and partners as they write about student life, recruiting, hot topics in business, living in Charlottesville and more.

Darden Student Blogs

Amy-Appleby Bradley Brewer

Amy Appleby

Hometown: London, United Kingdom and Seattle, WA
Undergrad: Colgate University
Future plans: Hopefully starting my own business — but who knows!

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Bradley Brewer

Hometown: Jacksonville, TX
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Future plans: General Management/Consulting


Stuart-Cameron  Lucia-Dempsey 

Stuart Cameron

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad: Drexel University
Future plans: Consulting or Investment Management

Lucia Dempsey

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA / Portland, OR
Undergrad: University of Portland
Future plans: Investment Banking, Barclays
LinkedIn | Instagram

Yichen-Feng Kyle-Galle

Yichen Feng

Hometown: Shanghai, China & Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: Harvard University
Future plans: Development Consulting/ Impact Investing/ Social Enterprise

Kyle Galle

Hometown: Warwick, RI
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Future plans: Technology


Lindsay-George Alex Graber

Lindsay George

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergrad: Belmont University
Future plans: General Management or Consulting

Alex Graber

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Undergrad: James Madison University
Future plans: Tech/Consumer Products

Nathan-Guo Ryan Lowe

Nathan Guo

Hometown: Coppell, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin
Future plans: Consulting

Ryan Lowe

Hometown: Paris, France
Undergrad: Yale University
Future plans: Something challenging and international

Archana Rao Aditya-Thareja

Archana Rao

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Undergrad: Army Institute of Technology, Pune University
Future plans: Management Consulting and Education Non-profit strategy for emerging markets

Aditya Thareja

Hometown: Kanpur, India
Undergrad: IIT Kanpur
Future plans: TBD

Arpana-Warrier Mimi-West

Aparna Warrier

Hometown: Bombay, India
Undergrad: Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani
Future plans: Product Strategy and Technology

Mimi West

Hometown: New Canaan, CT
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Future plans: Marketing and Brand Management

Darden Partner Blogs

Agnes Filipowski Samantha-Murphey

Agnes Filipowski

Hometown: Troy, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Current Position: Communication Assistant at UVA Women’s Center

Samantha Strong Murphey

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH and Fayetteville, AR
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Future Plans: Continue work as a journalist and editor. Earn an MFA in Creative Writing. Write a screenplay. Sing karaoke. Raise happy, healthy, well-traveled kids.
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Shivon Scott

Shivon Scott

Hometown: Newark, NJ
Undergrad: Cornell University
Current Position: Program manager in Darden’s i.Lab Incubator

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