The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is thrilled to announce the essays and deadlines for the 2024-25 Full-Time MBA application. While the full application is not yet available, we share these aspects early to give you the most time possible to prepare your submission.

Our admissions committee looks forward to reading your essays and the wonderful opportunity to learn more about you! We also look forward to interacting with you in the weeks and months ahead at one of our many virtual, on-grounds and off-grounds events. Additionally, we will be providing application tip webinars for each deadline to provide more guidance and encouraging tips as you navigate your applications.

- Senior Assistant Dean of Admissions Dawna Clarke


Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply during whichever round they can deliver the strongest application.  

  • Early Action: Thursday, 5 September 2024 
  • Round 1: Wednesday, 2 October 2024 
  • Round 2: Tuesday, 7 January 2025 
  • Round 3: Wednesday, 2 April 2025 


The Admissions Team is excited to launch the 2024-25 application process with the release of our short answer questions and application deadlines. Our short answer essay questions are an opportunity for you to share various facets of your background and aspirations.

Community of Belonging  

What would you want your classmates to know about you that is not on your resume? (100 words) 

Inclusive Impact 

Please describe a tangible example that illuminates your experience promoting an inclusive environment and what you would bring to creating a welcoming, global community at Darden. (300 words) 

Careers with Purpose 

At this time how would you describe your short-term, post-MBA goal in terms of industry, function, geography, company size and/or mission, and how does it align with the the long-term vision you have for your career? (200 words)

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The best way to get to know Darden’s Full-Time MBA program is to visit us in Charlottesville! We have a full schedule of upcoming tours and coffee chats, where members of Darden Admissions will be happy to answer your application questions. View the event calendar here. 


We cannot wait to see the Class of 2027 take shape! 

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