Your education is just that—yours. The hours you spend in the classroom, with a combination of the Darden Core and your electives, are enhanced by how you personalize your free time at b-school. Join one of Darden’s 50+ student clubs and organizations to capitalize on your time as an MBA candidate.  

Clubs and organizations at Darden are all student-founded and student-governed, a design implemented by a man you may have heard of: Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson’s philosophy was that students should have the power to create organizations for themselves without interference from the university. And create they have.  

Our diverse student population brings together an array of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, socio-economic and sexual orientations from all over the world, and the clubs on grounds reflect that.  

We are incredibly proud of the breadth and depth of the student clubs and organizations at Darden.  

These groups fall into the following categories: Student Government, Career Clubs, Industry Clubs, Cross-Sector Clubs, Affinity Clubs, Outreach Clubs, General Interest Clubs, Athletic Clubs and Advisory Groups. There’s something for everyone! 

Here are some highlights.

Consulting Club 

The Consulting Club is the largest student club at Darden! Listen to this podcast episode to hear from current MBA student and Consulting Club president Victoria Velasquez about why the club has been a key element of her time at Darden.  

Asia Business Club  

One of the largest affinity clubs at Darden, the Asia Business Club’s (ABDC) purpose is to help members succeed by providing support in recruiting, social, and personal development. Their annual Asia Gala is a always a big hit!

Graduate Women in Business

Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) at Darden serves to empower women to be the fullest expression of themselves by creating inclusive spaces to grow authentic connections, further gender equity and forge partnerships on and off grounds. Hear from two women on GWIB’s leadership board in this podcast episode (coverage starts at 16:15)! 

Wine and Cuisine Club 

With more than 40 wineries along the Monticello Wine Trail and Charlottesville’s renowned foodie scene, Darden’s Wine and Cuisine Club is guaranteed to expand your late-night-study-snack palette. Look how much fun they had at their Oktoberfest event this year!


There’s much more where that came from. View the full range of student clubs here 

While you can’t officially join a club until the first week of classes, we encourage you to check if the clubs you are interested in have public events—many of them do!  

Visit our FAQ page to learn more about student clubs and organizations. 


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