An Exciting Time for Women at Darden

It’s been quite a year so far for women at Darden. The Class of 2017 contains a record-breaking number of women, Darden is celebrating 50 years of women in the MBA program and, most recently, student-run club Graduate Women in Business sponsored the 2015 Women in Leadership conference in September, which attracted roughly 130 students and 50 sponsors. Continue reading

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Video Blog: Europe Trip Recap

Admissions Dean Sara Neher recently returned from a trip to Europe, where she spent time with prospective students, Darden alumni, one of our current GEMBA cohorts and new dean Scott Beardsley. Watch the video below to learn more about her trip! Continue reading

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Join us for Admissions Office Hours

On Wednesday, 30 September, and Wednesday, 7 October, Darden Admissions will be having virtual “office hours” with members of our Admissions Committee. Hosted through our webinar chat program, Office Hours provide one more opportunity to ask any questions you may have before the Round 1 Deadline on 8 October 2015.

These office hours will take place from 12-12:30 pm EST on 30 September and 7 October, and you can drop in at any point during that time period. You are not required to be present for the duration of the chat.

To join us next week or the following week, head over to and type in your name to enter the chat.

We look forward to answering any questions you may have!

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Darden’s Class of 2017 Featured on Poets & Quants

334 students from 37 countries. 35% women. 17% domestic minorities. 38% international.

We’ve already shared the numbers of the Class of 2017 with you. But have you wondered who the students are behind the numbers? Continue reading

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Admissions Talk Show: Darden Business Institute

MBA Admissions Dean Sara Neher sat down recently with Ron Wilcox, one of Darden’s top-ranked faculty members, to talk about the Darden Business Institute, which will be launching in Northern Virginia next month. See what Ron had to say by watching the latest episode of Darden’s Admissions Talk Show below. Continue reading

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Upcoming Darden Webinars and Live Chats

As the Round 1 application deadline approaches, we wanted to let you know about two ways that you can learn more about Darden — even if you can’t make it to Charlottesville for an Open House. We hope that you will attend one of these virtual chats so that we can answer your questions and share more about the Darden experience. Continue reading

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Are You Ready for B-School? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting Your Application

Maybe business school has been on your radar since college, or maybe it’s something you just started thinking about recently. Either way, you’re probably wondering how to know when you’re ready to take the plunge. Here at Darden, we see a wide range of applicants with diverse backgrounds and years of work experience. These are a few of the questions to ask yourself when deciding if it’s time to get to work on your essays and round up your references: Continue reading

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Darden Abroad: Geneva, Paris, London, Madrid

Several members of the Darden community are in Europe for a series of exciting events that kick off this weekend. This Saturday, 12 September, Darden will host the Paris Leadership Forum. Dean Scott C. Beardsley will be joined by Darden alumni and the Global MBA for Executives Class of 2016 to spend a weekend exploring multinational companies, celebrating Darden and getting to know one another.

Once the weekend ends, the GEMBA class will complete its fourth international residency. The GEMBA format includes six of two-week residencies throughout the program — in addition to distance learning classes – and during these residencies students travel to places like Brazil, China, India and Europe. In this particular residency, they will spend eight days in Paris and six days in Berlin, Germany, to immerse themselves in the business culture in these cities. You can find out more about the GEMBA residencies here.

After the Leadership Forum, Darden’s faculty and staff look forward to meeting prospective students throughout Europe. This year, we are attending multi-school events in Paris (17 September), London (16 September) and Madrid (15 September), as well as the MBA2U fair in Brussels (19 September). These events are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about US business schools and the admissions process itself, as well as a chance to connect with admissions committee members from Darden and other top business schools. We hope to see you there!

If you cannot attend these multi-school events, there are a few other opportunities to meet Darden faculty members for coffee while they are abroad. You are welcome to join Dean Beardsley, Peter Rodriguez, Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs, and Marc Johnson, Executive Director for Global Affairs, for coffee and conversation on Monday, 14 September, at 8 pm in Geneva. Sara Neher, Darden’s Admissions Dean, will also be available for coffee chats on Monday, 14 September in Paris, and Thursday, 17 September in London. Please email if you would like to set up a time to meet with Sara, or you would like to attend the Geneva coffee event.

We always look forward to these opportunities to share the Darden experience, and hope to meet many of you next week!

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In Bold Pursuit: Sarah Rumbaugh

From the i.Lab Incubator to the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, it is clear that entrepreneurship is one of the many paths that can be nurtured at Darden. One such example of this is Sarah Rumbaugh (MBA ’15), founder of RelishMBA, an MBA recruiting tool. Continue reading

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Dean Scott C. Beardsley Featured in Poets & Quants

Dean Scott Beardsley is settling into his second month at Darden, and he was recently interviewed by Poets & Quants about his consulting background, his decision to transition into academia and his first orders of business at Darden.

“I don’t feel like a fish out of water,” insists the sandy-haired Beardsley. “Perhaps that is because I come from a place that has a similar governance structure. One of the former managing directors of McKinsey has said that the best way to understand the firm is to think of it as a university. Knowledge is our prime currency. It runs on a shared governance process. You can’t tell anyone what to do. It’s collaborative and consultative, and that is true of Darden. ”

You can read the full article here.

We are lucky to have Dean Beardsley joining us tomorrow for his first Admissions & Alumni Reception with Darden in Washington, DC.  These receptions are a unique opportunity to personally connect with members of the Darden community, including Admissions Committee members, faculty and alumni. If you would like to attend, please register here.

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