Future Year Scholars is our deferred enrollment program for exceptional college students. Here’s how it works: Apply as a college senior or a fifth year master’s student. Start after two, three or four years of work experience. Did you know there is no application fee for Future Year Scholars applicants? True story. And we have two upcoming application deadlines for Future Year Scholars applicants – 1 May and 1 August. We offer these options as a convenience to our applicants, and we encourage you to target the deadline that aligns best with your timing and plans. Catch up on all of our Future Year Scholars blog coverage

Did you know we offer phone and in-person (“Coffee Chats”) conversations for prospective students interested in our Future Year Scholars Program (FYSP)? A conversation is a great way to connect with a member of our Admissions Committee while learning more about FYSP. We recently caught up with Assistant Director of Admissions, Taylor Fisher, to talk more about these one-on-one opportunities.

Who should consider scheduling a Future Year Scholars conversation?

Any current undergraduate student interested in learning more about graduate management education is encouraged to schedule a call. These conversations are an excellent opportunity to learn more about business school, the value of an MBA, Darden and the Future Year Scholars Program.

When is a good time to schedule a conversation? Do you need to have started an application?

You do not need to have started an application to schedule a conversation. I encourage students to schedule a call as early as their second or third year of college to learn more about things they could be doing to set themselves up for success in our application process. However, it’s also never too late to schedule a call (unless, of course, you’ve already submitted an application – These calls are for prospective students).

What are some good, potential topics for a Future Year conversation?

Potential topics include: The Future Year Schoalrs Program, our application process, business school, the value of an MBA, “who goes to business school?”, as well as things to think about as an undergraduate student planning to pursue an MBA/apply to Future Year Scholars. These conversations are really your time and your chance to get the information you need as you consider your options.

What are your best tips for making the most of the conversation time?

First, I encourage students to spend some time familiarizing themselves with our website and online resources. These calls are more productive when students come with questions that aren’t easily answered online. Additionally, I find that students who come prepared with a list of questions find the conversations much more helpful and informative. Also, students should be prepared to introduce themselves and to share a little more about their background.

What do you enjoy about these conversations?

I personally enjoy connecting with college students and learning more about their backgrounds. It’s very interesting to me to see how different peoples’ experiences shape their career goals and perspective. I also enjoy serving as a resource for college students and talking with them honestly about how the Future Year Scholars Program can set them up for success down the road.