Advice for Applicants on the Waitlist

If you are on the waitlist from Round 1, please do take this as a positive sign! You have qualities in your application that the Admissions Committee is impressed by.

We review our waitlist with each subsequent round of admission. Waitlisted candidates from Round 1 may therefore hear from our office on the Round 2 or 3 decision notification dates. By the Round 3 notification date, we will often narrow our waitlist down and keep a smaller number of people on the waitlist throughout the summer.

We know the prospect of hearing as late as July is not easy for applicants and we will do our best to keep you informed throughout the process as we continue to make decisions.

So what can you do?

You may want to consider how you could improve your application (i.e. retaking the GMAT or GRE or taking a class in accounting or statistics to demonstrate your potential to handle quantitative subjects). If you do decide to take an action to improve your application or if you get a promotion or receive significant new responsibilities at work, we want to hear about it. Simply e-mail us at

We also want to hear from you if Darden is your first choice. Please e-mail us and let us know that you will accept our offer if we make one to you. We greatly appreciate your interest in Darden.

And if you no longer want to be considered for admission, please keep us informed so that we can open up spots for other applicants.

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