Darden welcomed the MBA Class of 2023 to Grounds with a series of in-person events in recent days, an indication of plans for a more normal fall following a year of hybrid instruction and limited indoor activity on Grounds. Read the full story on the Darden Report.

Dean Scott Beardsley speaks with students during Opening Week.

During the welcome event for the Full-Time Class of 2023, Dean Scott Beardsley said, ““We’re so incredibly excited to have you here, and especially thrilled to be able to welcome all of you together in person. The enthusiasm that you’ll see today and in the coming days across Grounds as faculty, staff and peers welcome you — that’s real.”

Beardsley noted the palpable excitement among faculty and staff upon the return of students, and said Darden and UVA leaders planned to do everything within their power to maintain a safe environment in the coming academic year.

Members of the Class of 2023 in both the Full-Time and Executive MBA formats were selected amid record application volume, and represent new high-water marks in a number of metrics — including more than 40 percent women in both formats.

Full-Time MBA Class Includes Record Diversity, Academic Accomplishments

The 351 Full-Time MBA students in the Class of 2023 broke both academic and diversity records on multiple fronts, with new records, including:

  • 40 percent women (ties record)
  • 40 percent international citizens, representing 40 countries
  • 52 Consortium members
  • 21 percent U.S. minority students
  • 13 percent underrepresented minorities
  • 19 percent underrepresented minorities among U.S. citizens
  • 15 percent first-generation college students
  • 59 students with advanced degrees
  • 3.52 average undergraduate GPA

“This is a really special class, and I think you’re going to be delighted with the company that you’re going to have over the next two years,” Senior Associate Dean for the Full-Time MBA Program Tom Steenburgh said at the opening week event, which also included remarks from Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke and Darden Student Association leaders.

Class of 2023 students during Opening Week.

Executive MBA Class Makes Strides Toward Gender Parity

The Executive MBA Class of 2023, including students in both the Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA formats, includes 138 students drawn from a record number of applications. The class, which includes 27 students in the Global Executive MBA format, includes:

  • 46 percent women
  • 23 percent U.S. minority students
  • 17 percent underrepresented minorities among U.S. citizens
  • 32 percent with advanced degrees

The class includes students from 16 states and citizenship from eight different countries. It also includes students representing more than 115 employers from 24 industries. The most represented organizations include the United States Navy, Capital One, Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte.

Executive MBA program students during a spring event.

Originally posted on the Darden Report

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