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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 09:11
I will be attending the reception in LA on Wednesday.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 09:56
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I will be attending the reception in LA on Wednesday.


Count me out! I wont be able to make it from Texas. Terp06, do post your experience after the event. And speak with the Dean if he is in attendance. He is terrific.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 11:37
I will second that. Dean Bruner is an excellent spokesperson for the school, and those who know my story know that my meeting with him at an event like this was pivotal in getting me to learn more about Darden, which eventually led to visiting the school, meeting more people, applying and finally attending.

He'd also be an excellent person to listen to right now because he's an expert on financial crises (his book from last year titled Panic of 1907 seems particularly relevant right now) and finance in general. If you get a chance to go, I think you'll also be able to observe the tight community that carries across graduating classes and generations. Even in places far from campus like San Francisco (which I attended a few years ago) and Los Angeles, the community spirit really comes through in the people and in the presentation.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 11:58
I'm keeping an open mind to Darden. The rigorous academics and solid reputation among the finance community definitely attract me.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 09:43
Hey,

No activity on this thread for a few days. Whn do u think would the interview invites start coming in? My app went complete today. Did anyone check the thread from last year?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 09:47
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No activity on this thread for a few days. Whn do u think would the interview invites start coming in? My app went complete today. Did anyone check the thread from last year?


Mine still says "recieved"...... did you get a status update mail too??? (coz someone here did not)
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 09:54
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No activity on this thread for a few days. Whn do u think would the interview invites start coming in? My app went complete today. Did anyone check the thread from last year?


Mine still says "recieved"...... did you get a status update mail too??? (coz someone here did not)


Nope, i did not. I knew that the status was changing without an email notification. So I was checking the status regularly and saw the change this morning.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 10:26
No updates on my end. I'm a little to lazy to go into the '08 thread to see when the invites started to come out last year. Any takers? :)
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 11:29
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No updates on my end. I'm a little to lazy to go into the '08 thread to see when the invites started to come out last year. Any takers? :)


In fact that was the main reason y i asked the question. I was too lazy myself. Just did a quick search and got 1000s of results. So posted the question instead!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 17:32
i applied R1 and am anxiously awaiting the request for an interview (knock on wood). i looked on a different blog and it seems as though the deadlines were different last year as people were receiving invites on a rolling decision beginning in late november. i would assume we would hear a bit sooner considering interviews start dec 5...but who knows?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 18:50
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No activity on this thread for a few days. Whn do u think would the interview invites start coming in? My app went complete today. Did anyone check the thread from last year?


Mine still says "recieved"...... did you get a status update mail too??? (coz someone here did not)


Nope, i did not. I knew that the status was changing without an email notification. So I was checking the status regularly and saw the change this morning.


Fianlly, my app is also "complete"...... and I did not get the email too......
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 06:44
http://dardenadmissions.wordpress.com/2 ... pplicants/

Invites start to go out in mid-November but can come all the way up to decision deadline.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 07:31
I attended the reception last night in LA with ryguy. I will post a re-cap later once things calm down at work.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 07:48
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Mine still says "recieved"...... did you get a status update mail too??? (coz someone here did not)


Nope, i did not. I knew that the status was changing without an email notification. So I was checking the status regularly and saw the change this morning.


Fianlly, my app is also "complete"...... and I did not get the email too......


Yup...... now got that mail notifying of the status update......
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 09:49
Alright, I attended the Darden reception here in LA last night. They had a very small turnout as compared to the receptions for the M7 schools (about 25 prospective students, as compared to 200 for the M7 schools). It was a very personal reception, the Adcom members were straight shooters - they did not seem to believe in the typical "Adcom speak" and were plain spoken and blunt with their responses. They wanted people to discover whether Darden was right for them, and they were totally fine if it was not.

They made a very personal speech highlighting what differentiates the school. There was no PowerPoints or any of that. There was about 10 alumni present. The alumni and the prospective students both seemed very entrepeneurial. There was very few finance/consulting types around. The finance folks that were around were primarily in private wealth management (this may be a function of being in LA, rather than Darden). The school has a reputation for being rigorous, and this was well emphasized throughout the night. The case method is one of Darden's main selling points. Another thing they mentioned was that Darden used to be solidly in the Top 10 in the 1990s, but it slipped due to Dean turnover. The new Dean is apparently very impressive and working to claw back up the rankings.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 10:02
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Alright, I attended the Darden reception here in LA last night. They had a very small turnout as compared to the receptions for the M7 schools (about 25 prospective students, as compared to 200 for the M7 schools). It was a very personal reception, the Adcom members were straight shooters - they did not seem to believe in the typical "Adcom speak" and were plain spoken and blunt with their responses. They wanted people to discover whether Darden was right for them, and they were totally fine if it was not.

They made a very personal speech highlighting what differentiates the school. There was no PowerPoints or any of that. There was about 10 alumni present. The alumni and the prospective students both seemed very entrepeneurial. There was very few finance/consulting types around. The finance folks that were around were primarily in private wealth management (this may be a function of being in LA, rather than Darden). The school has a reputation for being rigorous, and this was well emphasized throughout the night. The case method is one of Darden's main selling points. Another thing they mentioned was that Darden used to be solidly in the Top 10 in the 1990s, but it slipped due to Dean turnover. The new Dean is apparently very impressive and working to claw back up the rankings.


I can say without a shadow of doubt that the Darden reception I attended was by far the best b-school reception this application season. Plus, i also got a chance to have a lengthy discussion with Dean Bruner who, as you said, is very impressive. Darden is among my top choices now!
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2008, 08:07
I'm glad you guys have been able to attend the Darden receptions. Those of you who are familiar with my story know that I had a similar type of experience a few years ago. I was on the west coast, attended a Darden reception and the school shot to the top of my list. It sounds like they are still using the same format. No powerpoint, and in fact no sitting down. It was a reception where you had the opportunity to speak at length with a bunch of different alums (at the event I attended in San Francisco there were about 40 perspectives and 20 alums) and then some remarks from the Dean which led to an impromptu cold-call by Dean Bruner asking alums of various vintages to tell about their experiences. That was the first time that I noticed the the strength of Darden's community across generations and how different it was from other schools. The Adcom's do take seriously the goal of admitting students that will be involved and enjoy the community here, in addition to the obvious goal of admitting top notch students. For those of you who proceed to campus visits and interviews, I think you'll find that the campus culture here is very positive.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 13:49
To add, I'm going to recommend everyone still on-the-fence about Darden to go visit!

I just returned from an Open House event that has completely blown my mind. Everything from my class visit experience to my interactions with current students has been absolutely top drawer. Other schools could learn so much from how Darden structures its prospective student events.

In fact, I really regret not completing a R1 application. I'll try to post a more detailed recap of my visit soon, but I'm thoroughly impressed.
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 13:56
u back already? that was a quick visit. Did u meet pelihu?
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Re: Calling all Darden Fall 2009 applicants! [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2008, 13:58
I just walked back to my hotel 200 ft away. Leave for New York tomorrow AM. I did meet pelihu. He is, as we all know, awesome.

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