Consortium MBA Application Preparation Seminars  

Darden will be participating in Consortium MBA Application Preparation Seminars (MAPS) in September. At these events, you will learn about Darden and other top business schools, meet MBA alumni, and hear about the admissions process, fellowship opportunities and the benefits of Consortium membership.

Consortium MAPS Event Locations

Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Chicago, IL
Atlanta, GA
Houston, TX
New York, NY
Washington, D.C.

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We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

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MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Open House

At Darden, you can launch your own entrepreneurial venture while learning from award-winning entrepreneurship faculty and a thriving network of student and alumni entrepreneurs. Join us in Charlottesville to learn more about Darden’s entrepreneurship and innovation programs and the Charlottesville ecosystem that supports our iLab and incubator.

On Sunday, 14 September have dinner with members of Darden’s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club followed by the Open House on Monday, 15 September.  Monday’s programming begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:15 p.m. The agenda includes a welcome from the senior leadership at Darden along with:

  • Class visit
  • Career Development Center presentation
  • Admissions and Financial Aid panel
  • Lunch with student club leaders
  • Tour of the Darden Grounds
  • Faculty discussion: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Optional tour of the UVA Darden iLab
  • Optional office hours with student career coaches

Register for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Open House.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Darden Grounds.  If you are unable to attend the Open House in September, please go to our Visit Darden website to learn about other visit opportunities.

Learn more about Darden and Charlottesville’s innovative and collaborative community in the video below:

Video: Darden Students Consult With Entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Community

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Darden’s 2014-15 MBA Application is Live

Darden’s MBA application for the Class of 2017 is live, and we’re excited to get to know you through this process. As you approach the application, the Darden Admissions Committee would like to offer a few tips:

Video Blog: MBA Admissions Dean Application Advice 2014-15

You can also view a recording of a recent webinar with Associate Director of Admissions Katherine Alford for additional admissions advice. We will continue to offer webinars every other Wednesday throughout the year to help you learn more about Darden.

2014-15 Full-Time MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1: 10 October 2014
Round 2: 7 January 2015
Round 3: 1 April 2015

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We look forward to reading your application!

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Consulting in Indonesia: An International MBA Experience

Global Field Experiences (GFEs) are MBA electives that give small teams of students the opportunity to provide consulting services to an international company or organization. In these term- or semester-long projects, students work with a member of the Darden faculty to tackle real business problems and propose solutions for their client.

At the beginning or end of each course, you will visit the company on location to build on-the-ground knowledge and to scope the issue at hand. In the video below, Catherine Manfre (MBA ’14) discusses her GFE experience in Jakarta, Indonesia providing consulting services to an agricultural company. While in Indonesia, she had the opportunity to interview different stakeholders to learn more about the company’s impact on the surrounding village.

Video: Consulting in Indonesia — An International MBA Experience
Learn more about GFEs and other international MBA opportunities on the Darden website.

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Admissions Dean Video Blog: Darden MBA Fall Open Houses

In today’s video blog, MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher describes what you can expect when you attend an open house at Darden. She also provides recommendations of things to do while you’re visiting Charlottesville, recently recognized as the happiest city in America.

Admissions Dean Video Blog: Darden MBA Fall Open Houses

Darden offers several open houses throughout the fall to help you learn more about the School. Each event includes a full day of programming meant to give you the opportunity to assess your fit with Darden. This year’s events will conclude with a faculty-led discussion on some of Darden’s unique areas of focus including Business in SocietyEntrepreneurshipWomenMilitary and Diversity.

Monday, 1 September 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Intersection of Business, Society and Government

Monday, 15 September 2014
Faculty Discussion: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Monday, 6 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: Women in Business

Monday, 13 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Military and the MBA

Friday, 17 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Importance of Diversity at Darden

Prospective applicants are welcome to attend any one of these open houses and are encouraged to visit on the day that most closely aligns with their interests.

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Attend a Forté Forum in a City Near You

The Darden School of Business is a founding member of the Forté Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping more women pursue leadership roles in business. Meet Darden admissions representatives and alumnae this fall at a Forté Forum in your city to learn more about how an MBA can benefit you and your career.

We hope to see you at one of these events!

Register today to: 

  • Hear advice and stories from MBA women across multiple industries and career stages
  • Meet women like yourself who are also considering the MBA program
  • Connect with admissions staff from leading business schools in Europe and North America
  • Learn how to finance your MBA
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Forum Series Locations & Dates
Boston 18 Aug Houston 28 Aug
Washington D.C. 19 Aug Chicago 8 Sep
Atlanta 20 Aug New York 9 Sep
Miami 21 Aug New York 10 Sep
Seattle 25 Aug Toronto 11 Sep
San Francisco 26 Aug London 7 Oct
Los Angeles 27 Aug


Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of major corporations and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, career opportunities, and a community of successful women.

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Webinar: Approaching Darden’s MBA Application

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

What can you do to prepare a strong application for the Darden School of Business? Join Darden Admissions at this special webinar to learn more about what the Admissions Committee looks for in an MBA applicant. Topics include — but are not limited to — Darden’s application process, the essay question, letters of recommendation, and your resume. There will be a 15-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. To participate in this webinar, please register here.

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Darden Students Tackle Education Challenges in Summer Internships

This summer, Darden students Rafe Steinhauer, Kat O’Neill and Gaines Johnson are interning at mission-driven organizations focused on Education. The three students are enrolled in the MBA/Master of Education dual-degree program “Innovation in Education Reform.”

This summer they are doing education internships at:

  • Building Excellent Schools, a Los Angeles organization that develops urban school leaders and helps establish high-performing schools in America’s poorest communities
  • Education Pioneers, a San Francisco-based organization committed to developing a pipeline of leaders to address the achievement gap in the U.S. education system.
  • The Parthenon Group, a Boston consulting firm whose client list includes an education technology company that aims to create classroom assessment and teaching solutions for classrooms across the United States.

“I came to this degree program with an inspired passion to pursue a career in education specifically addressing inequity in the U.S. education system,” O’Neil said. “In my work this summer, I am continually inspired and motivated by the individuals in Oakland working tirelessly to improve education for their students, which is by no means an easy task, but a critical one nonetheless.”

The MBA/M.Ed. program is offered through a partnership between the Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education.  It is designed to teach students how to apply business principles to devise solutions for challenges facing education.

Read the full story on the student’s unique experiences and visit the Dual Degrees page for a complete list of dual-degree programs available at Darden.

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Wednesday Admissions Webinars

Beginning in August, instead of a weekly chat, Darden Admissions representatives will host a webinar every other Wednesday at 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time. These live, bi-weekly webinars will feature different topics to help you learn more about what distinguishes the Darden experience, faculty and network from other top MBA programs.

The first webinar takes place on Wednesday, 6 August 2014. We hope to see you there!

Why Darden? An Introduction to the Darden MBA

Wednesday, 6 August 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. To participate in this webinar, please register here.


Charlottesville Named Happiest City in America

A recent study led by Harvard researchers ranked the happiest cities in the nation.  Coming in at No. 1 is the scenic and lively city of Charlottesville, Virginia, home to the Darden School of Business.

Newsplex, a local news channel, interviewed members of the community to hear why they believe Charlottesville is the happiest city.  Their answers included the unique food venues, the richly diverse culture and the beautiful scenery.

For more information on the study, watch the news story featuring Darden Associate Director of Admissions Karen Ohen or read the Good Housekeeping article.

Planning to visit Charlottesville in the near future? Check out the visiting Darden webpage for more information!

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