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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 10:11
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Suman -

Thank you for your questions. Answers are as follows:

1. Selection for experiential activities depends on the opportunity and capacity for the project. Elective courses are assigned based on a bidding system, and most students receive their first choice. The only exception is if a class is in high demand and has a small number of seats available. The i.Lab has an application process, and typically 50% of the applicants are admitted into the incubator (which has 20-25 seats). Students interested in a Venturing Business Project usually pursue independent study, so they're typically paired up with a faculty advisor who works closely with them to form the parameters of the project.

2. Most DBPs and incubator companies are locally-based because students will typically use Charlottesville as a test market for their business before expanding to larger markets. There are a few exceptions to this though, especially if the company does most of its work online. We have also had students partner with individuals in different geographic regions, which makes other markets more accessible to them while they are in business school. However, most students who continue their ventures post-graduation will expand beyond Charlottesville, so starting a business for the Indian market is certainly possible.

3. The facilities are great. All students are assigned a learning team room for their use throughout the year. There has never been issues finding a place to study in the library, common areas or other parts of campus, even during exam weeks.

4. We have a pretty large alumni network in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. I encourage you to reach out to some of our Indian students for more perspective (just type "India" into the search bar to find them: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/mba/ ... tact/home/

5. We don't have housing directly on the Darden Grounds, but there are options to live in UVA housing. However, most students tend to live in 3 different off-campus apartments: Ivy Gardens, Pavilion at North Grounds, and Huntington Village. These places are within a 5 minute walk of Darden. There are plenty of other housing options around Charlottesville as well. Since we are a college town and have thousands of students at UVA each year, finding convenient housing is never a problem.

I hope these answers help! Good luck in the application process.

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Thank you. The answers are very helpful.
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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 11:41
Greetings bagcanbabayigit,

Great questions!

1. At Darden, we teach using the case study method. This means that we depend on the knowledge and experiences that the students have to drive the discussion in class. The case method is most effective when there's a diversity of perspectives represented in the classroom. Your professional experiences, location of origin, gender, ethnicity and much more contribute to these perspectives. We're looking for students who can contribute to the learning environment and are open to learning from their classmates as well.

2. Building a diverse class of students is important to us, and we actively recruit students from all over the world.

3. We do have alumni from Turkey. Please email me at BenzF@darden.virginia.edu, and I will connect you with one of them.

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bagcanbabayigit wrote:
Dear Admissions,

First of all, I would like to say thank you in the name of all MBA applicants in here for giving such an amazing opportunity to ask questions about Darden.

I am planing to apply an MBA program in fall 2014. May be it will be better to build a little background about myself. I have 3,5 years work experience in Deloitte as auditor , Coca-Cola and P&G as an Financial Analyst. I have been working in IKEA as business controller for 3 years and in the beginning march I am going to be appointed as Finance&Operations manager. I have graduated from Economics Department of one of the top 3 universities in Turkey with GPA 3,16. I know it is low as compared to school median but I have a valid story behind it :) I have not taken a GMAT score yet and I am planing to get a score around 680-710 in June latest. In addition to that, I am contributing to volunteer activities in UN and Losev (Foundation for Children with Leukemia). I am also board member of a non-governmental political organization, Young Politicians Association.

My post MBA target is to shift my career into consulting. Thats why I am looking for a program who helps me to build a strong background by offering real time case studies. I know that Darden is one the top b-schools which have reached its majority in this area. Here is my questions.

1) What kind of specialities should a prospective student have in order to get an acceptance from Darden? Yes the admission criteria is more or less the same for all top b-schools, but what kind of values are appreciated specifically by Darden?

2) As admission commitee, do you try to create a cultural diversity in class? I mean, as we all know the whoppering sum of applications are composed by Indian, Chinese and US students. And less seats are empty for the rest of the world :) Do you have such an intent to create heterogeneous class by means of nationality?

3) In these days, I am trying to prepare a short list for myself. Thats why I am trying to contact with current Turkish students or alumni to get more information about my targeted schools. If possible can you please help me to contact with a current Turkish student?

Thanks for your kind answer.

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 00:54
Greetings Darden Admissions :-D ,
I am Abhilash from Bangalore, India. I have recently completed my graduation in commerce with finance specialization and I am looking forward to pursue my higher studies in Mba from America. It would be really kind of you if you would answer some of my basic queries.
1. Can you please tell me whether a 3 years Bachelors degree from India is accepted at Darden ?
2. Min work experience required ?
3. Is it possible to get adm to Full time Mba at Darden with out any work experience ?
4. My GPA is 3.44, What are possibilities of Adm If I score 650-700 in Gmat ?
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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2014, 13:01
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Greetings Darden Admissions :-D ,
I am Abhilash from Bangalore, India. I have recently completed my graduation in commerce with finance specialization and I am looking forward to pursue my higher studies in Mba from America. It would be really kind of you if you would answer some of my basic queries.
1. Can you please tell me whether a 3 years Bachelors degree from India is accepted at Darden ?
2. Min work experience required ?
3. Is it possible to get adm to Full time Mba at Darden with out any work experience ?
4. My GPA is 3.44, What are possibilities of Adm If I score 650-700 in Gmat ?
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Abhilash - Happy to respond to your questions.

We do consider candidates with a 3-year Bachelor's degree, as long as it is considered the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree. We don't have a minimum requirement for years of professional experience, but it is recommended that you have at least two. Our students typically average between 4-5 years of professional experience, and it is very rare that we admit a student with no work experience.

For your GPA and GMAT questions, I suggest you look at our class profile. We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process, so we look at much more than just GMAT and GPA. http://www.darden.virginia.edu/web/mba/ ... s-profile/

Hope this helps!

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2014, 07:10
Hi Darden,
Thank you for opening up this forum, it is extremely helpful!
I was hoping you could tell me a bit more about the opportunities to pursue Social Innovation/Enterprise at Darden. I see that there are some elective courses available in this area - are there any other opportunities that would be relevant (clubs, organizations, internships, etc.)?

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2015, 18:16
Hi Darden,

I was wondering when do the R2 interview invites go out. Can we expect something this week?

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I was wondering when do the R2 interview invites go out. Can we expect something this week?

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Hello R2 Applicant!

Thanks for reaching out! Invitations to interview will begin going out in late January and candidates can receive an invitation at any point up until the decision release date on 25 March. Let us know if you have any more questions.
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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2015, 08:59
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Hi Darden,
Thank you for opening up this forum, it is extremely helpful!
I was hoping you could tell me a bit more about the opportunities to pursue Social Innovation/Enterprise at Darden. I see that there are some elective courses available in this area - are there any other opportunities that would be relevant (clubs, organizations, internships, etc.)?

Thank you!


Hello!

Our apologies for such a delay in responding to you! To answer your question, we have a lot of information about social innovation/enterprise on our website, specifically on these pages:

And if you would like to learn more, the best way is to contact one of our student or alumni ambassadors, which can be found here:
Be sure to search through the list and find the ones with the area of interest similar to yours.

We hope this helps!
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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2015, 21:22
Hi Darden Adcom!

I have applied to Darden MBA for the Fall 2015 term. I applied with a GMAT score of 690. However, I felt that I can secure a much better score hence, re-took the exam on 25th Jan. I scored 740, 97% (V - 40, 91% Q - 50, 88% AWA - 6.0, 92% IR - 5, 52%). I would like to include my present score in my application. I sent my score to darden@virginia.edu but haven't received an acknowledgement yet. Is there any alternate email ID I should send it to? I checked the application portal and it doesn't have any other alternate way to submit. I would appreciate your answer on this. Thank you!

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2015, 15:12
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Hi Darden Adcom!

I have applied to Darden MBA for the Fall 2015 term. I applied with a GMAT score of 690. However, I felt that I can secure a much better score hence, re-took the exam on 25th Jan. I scored 740, 97% (V - 40, 91% Q - 50, 88% AWA - 6.0, 92% IR - 5, 52%). I would like to include my present score in my application. I sent my score to darden@virginia.edu but haven't received an acknowledgement yet. Is there any alternate email ID I should send it to? I checked the application portal and it doesn't have any other alternate way to submit. I would appreciate your answer on this. Thank you!

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Hello Hem,

Congratulations on your improved GMAT scores! And thank you for reaching out. Someone from our team has contacted you directly.

We appreciate your continued interest in Darden,

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2015, 07:56
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Hi Darden Adcom!

I have applied to Darden MBA for the Fall 2015 term. I applied with a GMAT score of 690. However, I felt that I can secure a much better score hence, re-took the exam on 25th Jan. I scored 740, 97% (V - 40, 91% Q - 50, 88% AWA - 6.0, 92% IR - 5, 52%). I would like to include my present score in my application. I sent my score to darden@virginia.edu but haven't received an acknowledgement yet. Is there any alternate email ID I should send it to? I checked the application portal and it doesn't have any other alternate way to submit. I would appreciate your answer on this. Thank you!

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Hello Hem,

Congratulations on your improved GMAT scores! And thank you for reaching out. Someone from our team has contacted you directly.

We appreciate your continued interest in Darden,

Darden Admissions


I did receive an email from your team. Thank you so much!
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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2015, 05:41
Dear Darden Adcom,

After reading the wonderful website of Darden MBA (Full time), I came up with some questions about different elements in the program.

1. The theme tracks are unique value added. How do those concentrations help the students? What is the difference between electives and functional concentrations? Can I choose more than one track such consulting and supply chain?
2. What is the exchange program duration? Can I travel for a whole semester or just fee weeks? Is it allowable to utilize the host University for Job Opportunities?


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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2015, 06:17
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Dear Darden Adcom,

After reading the wonderful website of Darden MBA (Full time), I came up with some questions about different elements in the program.

1. The theme tracks are unique value added. How do those concentrations help the students? What is the difference between electives and functional concentrations? Can I choose more than one track such consulting and supply chain?
2. What is the exchange program duration? Can I travel for a whole semester or just fee weeks? Is it allowable to utilize the host University for Job Opportunities?


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Hello Mo2men,

Thanks for reaching out! To answer your questions:
1. Darden faculty added optional concentrations to the curriculum structure in 2010. While students have always tailored the elective curriculum to focus on areas of interest, the concentrations provide additional guidance and structure to this specialization, as well as providing a stronger signal to recruiters of students’ focus. All students still receive the same MBA degree, but concentrations can be added to resumes as well. The concentrations are divided into career tracks and theme tracks. MBA students may choose two from the list found here: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/academics/concentrations/

2. The duration of the exchange program will depend on the academic calendar at the partner school. Some partner schools offer only semester long programs, since they are on the semester calendar; others allow for our students to attend for a half semester (which is usually equivalent to one of Darden’s Second Year Quarters). Regarding access to the career centers at our partner schools, this will also vary from school to school. Some partner schools allow exchange students to have full access to their career center, and others are a bit more restrictive on what exchange students can have access to career-wise. Regardless of institution, being on the ground and immersed in that country’s culture will inevitably allow you to expand and grow your personal and professional network.

I hope that answers your questions.

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2015, 05:22
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Dear Darden Adcom,

After reading the wonderful website of Darden MBA (Full time), I came up with some questions about different elements in the program.

1. The theme tracks are unique value added. How do those concentrations help the students? What is the difference between electives and functional concentrations? Can I choose more than one track such consulting and supply chain?
2. What is the exchange program duration? Can I travel for a whole semester or just fee weeks? Is it allowable to utilize the host University for Job Opportunities?


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Hello Mo2men,

Thanks for reaching out! To answer your questions:
1. Darden faculty added optional concentrations to the curriculum structure in 2010. While students have always tailored the elective curriculum to focus on areas of interest, the concentrations provide additional guidance and structure to this specialization, as well as providing a stronger signal to recruiters of students’ focus. All students still receive the same MBA degree, but concentrations can be added to resumes as well. The concentrations are divided into career tracks and theme tracks. MBA students may choose two from the list found here: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/academics/concentrations/

2. The duration of the exchange program will depend on the academic calendar at the partner school. Some partner schools offer only semester long programs, since they are on the semester calendar; others allow for our students to attend for a half semester (which is usually equivalent to one of Darden’s Second Year Quarters). Regarding access to the career centers at our partner schools, this will also vary from school to school. Some partner schools allow exchange students to have full access to their career center, and others are a bit more restrictive on what exchange students can have access to career-wise. Regardless of institution, being on the ground and immersed in that country’s culture will inevitably allow you to expand and grow your personal and professional network.

I hope that answers your questions.

Thanks,
Darden Admissions


Thanks for your enlightening answers. I wan to know info about the following:

1- It mentioned that GMAT could be self-reported for application process then after admission I can send the original result from GMAC. Does the same apply for TOEFL results? I know that both should be taken before round deadline.

2- Is it acceptable to use a client to be a recommender? if yes, should I use the optional essay to state the reason. I can't ask my current manager as I will put my job in jeopardy. However, the second recommender will be a former manager.

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2015, 09:34
Hello Mo2men,

We’re happy to help.

1. Yes you may self-report your GMAT and TOEFL scores on your application and will be asked to provide your official score reports upon admission.

2. Yes you may use a client as a recommender. The optional essay is a great place to let us know why you may not have been able to have your current manager or supervisor write on your behalf. It will be helpful to have the perspective from your former manager in addition to your client. We like to get insight into your role as a professional and advise all applicants to choose recommenders who know you and your work well and can provide examples of your contributions and achievements.

We hope this helps! For more information on our application requirements visit: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/requirements/

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I wanted to check whether waitlisted candidates are also considered for scholarships at Darden in case they are admitted. Are they given the same consideration as other previously admitted candidates?

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Re: Ask Darden Admissions [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2015, 07:26
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Dear Darden Admissions,

I wanted to check whether waitlisted candidates are also considered for scholarships at Darden in case they are admitted. Are they given the same consideration as other previously admitted candidates?

Thank you.


Hello Stanley,

All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships, but waitlisted candidates are generally not offered admission until later in the application cycle when the merit scholarship funds are very limited and/or have already been extended. However all admitted students can apply for financial aid through the different loan programs offered.

We do offer a limited number of scholarships for second year students in the full-time MBA program; these are merit based as well, and students’ performance in the first year of the program determines eligibility.

Thank you for your question,
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