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MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Open House [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2014, 09:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: MBA Entrepreneurship and Innovation Open House
At Darden, you can launch your own entrepreneurial venture while learning from award-winning entrepreneurship faculty and a thriving network of student and alumni entrepreneurs. Join us in Charlottesville to learn more about Darden’s entrepreneurship and innovation programs and the Charlottesville ecosystem that supports our iLab and incubator.

On Sunday, 14 September have dinner with members of Darden’s Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club followed by the Open House on Monday, 15 September.  Monday’s programming begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:15 p.m. The agenda includes a welcome from the senior leadership at Darden along with:

  • Class visit
  • Career Development Center presentation
  • Admissions and Financial Aid panel
  • Lunch with student club leaders
  • Tour of the Darden Grounds
  • Faculty discussion: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Optional tour of the UVA Darden iLab
  • Optional office hours with student career coaches
Register for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Open House.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Darden Grounds.  If you are unable to attend the Open House in September, please go to our Visit Darden website to learn about other visit opportunities.

Learn more about Darden and Charlottesville’s innovative and collaborative community in the video below:

Video: Darden Students Consult With Entrepreneurs in the Charlottesville Community

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Consortium MBA Application Preparation Seminars   [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 15:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Consortium MBA Application Preparation Seminars  
Darden will be participating in Consortium MBA Application Preparation Seminars (MAPS) in September. At these events, you will learn about Darden and other top business schools, meet MBA alumni, and hear about the admissions process, fellowship opportunities and the benefits of Consortium membership.

Consortium MAPS Event Locations
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San Francisco, CA

Chicago, IL

Atlanta, GA

Houston, TX

New York, NY

Washington, D.C.

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Darden Ranked Among Best Business Schools for Hispanics [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2014, 11:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden Ranked Among Best Business Schools for Hispanics
Darden ranks No. 7 among the 2014 Best Business Schools for Hispanics, according to HispanicBusiness.com. Rankings criteria includes Hispanic postgraduate enrollment, number of Hispanic faculty members and programs that attract and retain Hispanic students.

The Darden School is an official university partner for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the United States so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse work force. In addition to NSHMBA, Darden partners with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the JumpStart Advisory Group and Riordan MBA Fellows to recruit highly-qualified minority applicants and increase diversity in leadership positions. As a member of the Ten School Diversity Alliance, we actively recruit at Hispanic-serving universities.

We encourage you to learn more about Hispanic MBAs at Darden by reading this blog post by Darden alumna Angie Alam (MBA ’14) or visiting the Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND) website.

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Military at Darden Open House on 13 October [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Military at Darden Open House on 13 October
Greetings from the Darden Military Association (DMA)!

My name is Will Kohlbrenner, and I’m executive vice president of the DMA. This fall, Darden will be hosting a Military Open House on 13 October. Active duty military and veteran applicants are highly encouraged to attend. In addition to the normal open house schedule, the DMA will be hosting several military-specific discussions and social events. You can register for the Military Open House on the Darden website. The DMA will reach out to you with details on DMA activities for prospective students as we get closer to the event.

If you have any questions regarding the MBA admissions process or about Darden in general, I invite you to reach out to our VP of Admissions Carter Harris. You can also visit the Darden Military Association website for more information on life at Darden.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!

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MBA Admissions Events: On the Road With Top Business Schools [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: MBA Admissions Events: On the Road With Top Business Schools
September brings lots of travel for the Darden admissions team; in addition to Darden Receptions, Forté Forums and Consortium MAPs events, we are partnering with several schools to host MBA admissions events across the U.S. and around the world.

We invite you to learn more about Darden and other top business schools in your city and introduce yourself to the Darden Admissions Committee member at your event!

During the week of 8 September, come meet Kristen Egan in Ann Arbor, Minneapolis, and Toronto.  Or join Catie Yeilding in Texas for events in Dallas, Austin and Houston.

Cheryl Jones will be in Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta during the week of 15 September. Later in the month, Katherine Alford will be coming to Europe and looks forward to meeting candidates in London, Paris, and Madrid!

And finally, for those in Southeast Asia, please join Rita Morrow in Taipei, Ho Chi Minh, Singapore and Jakarta.

To learn about Darden receptions and other events, please visit our Events & Receptions page. We look forward to meeting you and sharing more about the Darden experience.

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Upcoming Darden Webinars: MBA Student Panel and Career Development [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2014, 08:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Upcoming Darden Webinars: MBA Student Panel and Career Development
Meet Darden Admissions representatives online every other Wednesday at 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. (Eastern Time) during our Darden Admissions Webinars. These live, bi-weekly webinars will feature different topics to help you learn more about what distinguishes the Darden experience, faculty and network from other top MBA programs.

To participate these webinars, simply log into our online platform as a guest at the time of the event.

The Experience: An MBA Student Panel
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

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Join SY Darden students for an interactive panel on life at Darden and in Charlottesville. Hear firsthand accounts of how Darden’s inspiring and intense experience in and out of the classroom prepared them for their summer internships. We welcome any and all questions!

Career Development at Darden
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

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Darden’s Career Development Center provides you with several resources to prepare you for a career in any industry. Learn about our unique integrated career curriculum, one-on-one professional career advising, Second Year student coaches, on- and off-Grounds recruiting, job treks, career clubs, workshops and conferences, and more. There will be a 15-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

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The Darden MBA Class of 2016 Profile [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2014, 10:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: The Darden MBA Class of 2016 Profile
Darden is excited to welcome 417 students to the MBA, MBA for Executives (EMBA) and Global MBA for Executives (GEMBA) Class of 2016.

The full-time MBA class — which is 32 percent women and has more Hispanic students than any previous class — includes pilots, painters, rock climbers, a professional musician and a number of professional athletes (one was a National Football League player).

You can learn more about this year’s full-time MBA class profile below:

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Experience the Case Method at a Darden Reception in Your City [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 14:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Experience the Case Method at a Darden Reception in Your City


MBA Admissions Dean Video Blog: Attend a Darden Event in Your City

The enthusiasm with which Darden’s top-ranked faculty teach is infectious, and much of it stems from the School’s dynamic method of teaching. If you’ve heard about our case method approach (we’re one of only a few schools in the country that teach predominantly with this method), you probably wonder how and if it actually changes how and what you learn.

Experience the Case Method at a Darden Reception
If you haven’t experienced the case method in action, we invite you to attend a Darden class. Can’t make it to Charlottesville? In Charlotte, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, we’re bringing the case method experience to you.

When you arrive at the event, you’ll receive a short one-page case. You’ll read it while enjoying complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Then you’ll discuss what you’ve read in small groups of other prospective students and Darden alumni, who always eagerly embrace the chance to talk about cases from the Darden classroom. These small groups mimic our Darden learning team environment in which you work through questions with several of your classmates before you return to the classroom for a larger case discussion.

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Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Sara Neher (who also teaches a Second Year elective course) will then lead an engaging conversation about the case with the whole group. The difference between lecture-style classes and Darden’s case method approach will become immediately apparent. Drawing from a diverse set of experiences allows for lively, dynamic conversations that give you a myriad of perspectives on real business problems and the knowledge to make the best decision.

The answers are not black and white, and neither are the decisions you’ll make after business school. Join us for a case discussion and watch the complexity of business come to life the same way it does in the classroom.

Meet Darden MBA Alumni in Your City
Following the case discussion, you will be able to personally speak with our alumni and learn more about their experiences at Darden and beyond.

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Meet MBA alumni in your city at a Darden reception

While we’re only teaching the mini-case in Charlotte, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, you will still be able to meet Darden admissions representatives and alumni at Darden Receptions around the world by attending a Darden Reception.

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

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Hello to all Darden Applicants,

We are excited to announce that Associate Director of Admissions at Darden School - Kristen Egan - will be on GMAT Club on Tuesday, Sept 30th to chat with us and to answer our questions regarding Darden MBA program and Application Process. This chat session will take place in our chat room. This is a great opportunity to get your all queries clarified from School Adcom and gain knowledge about Darden Program.

So, add this event to your Google Calender and get ready to bring your questions about the program!

Good Luck!! :)

Date: September 30, 2014. Tuesday

The University of Virginia : Darden School of Business Administration

Event: Admissions chat with Kristen Egan (Assistant Director of Admissions)
Join Darden Assistant Director of Admissions Kristen Egan to learn more about why The Economist ranks Darden the #1 Education Experience. Receive MBA application advice and hear how the Darden experience, faculty and network prepare responsible leaders to step forward to improve the world.

Place: GMATClub Chat Room

Timing of the Session: 9.00 AM Pacific Time(PDT) (12.00 PM Eastern Time (EDT)) on 30th September 2014.

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Hey everyone, hope the application is coming out great for all of you!!

I'm working on getting my case ready for the second round. Well it's such an amazing journey this far, with a demanding Gmat season and now the introspection toward building a fluent story fusing my expereince and the goals. Through all this, the hope of studying at Darden school has been a constant motivation and one could only await gratification now!

It's a little surprising though, not finding many experiences on this thread already and I was thinking that it'd be very helpful to each of us involved if we could share more of our experiences here or via personal messages. I look forward to hearing from other applicants on how they plan to communicate their life's journey to the admissions committees, which I suppose is pretty much the whole process.

PS: Does this mean that we could be each other's consultants? Food for thought!! :)

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Darden’s Innovative Curriculum: National Outdoor Leadership School [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 13:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Darden’s Innovative Curriculum: National Outdoor Leadership School
Each year, Darden launches several new experiential learning courses, giving students the opportunity to practice what they learn in the classroom in a real-world setting. Last December, several Second Year students participated in a pilot program with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the Arizona wilderness. Over the course of one week, the students were responsible for leading each other through 40 miles of canyons and high mountain passes.

In the following video, Mark Silvers (MBA ’14) discusses this field experience with classmates and faculty members in Arizona:



Video: Darden MBA Students Hike Through Arizona with the National Outdoor Leadership School

Read more about the NOLS Field Experience. You can also learn more about Darden experiential electives on our website.

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Re: Calling all Darden-UVA Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2014, 06:34
Does anybody here have the link to the recommendation questions? It doesn't seem like they've been released officially by the school yet.
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2014 Leadership Speaker Series [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2014, 13:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: 2014 Leadership Speaker Series
Each year, Darden invites high-level executives and C-suite business leaders hailing from industries such as healthcare, food and beverage, and luxury goods to discuss their approaches to leading in organizations.  Past speakers have included executives from Google, Whole Foods, MasterCard, Electronic Arts, Johnson & Johnson and more.

During their visit, speakers share stories, expertise and advice with Darden students, faculty and staff. This fall’s leadership speaker series schedule is as follows:

All Darden Leadership Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Prospective students are welcome to attend any of these events.

You can view the complete schedule on the Darden website.

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Re: Calling all Darden-UVA Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2014, 22:18
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Does anybody here have the link to the recommendation questions? It doesn't seem like they've been released officially by the school yet.


True, doesn't look like the school has released the reco questions. This might be of some help: http://www.essaylabb.com/Virginia-Darde ... -india.htm
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Upcoming LGBT Admissions Events in San Francisco and New York [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2014, 10:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Upcoming LGBT Admissions Events in San Francisco and New York
Darden is pleased to partner with several schools to host admissions events for the LGBT community.  These events will address areas of interest to LGBT candidates and are open to all prospective students.

San Francisco:

New York:

We encourage you to learn more about Darden’s inclusive community. We look forward to meeting you!

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Upcoming Webinars With Career Development Staff and Darden Students [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2014, 13:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Upcoming Webinars With Career Development Staff and Darden Students
The best way to learn about an MBA program is by visiting the school and talking to students, faculty and staff. However, we understand that you may not be able to visit Darden before submitting your application, so we would like to give you the opportunity to personally connect with our career development staff and students through the following online events:

Webinar: Career Development at Darden
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

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Darden’s Career Development Center provides you with several resources to prepare you for a career in any industry. Learn about our unique integrated career curriculum, one-on-one professional career advising, Second Year student coaches, on- and off-Grounds recruiting, job treks, career clubs, workshops and conferences, and more. There will be a 15-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Webinar: Current Students From India Discuss the Application Process
Monday, 29 September 2014

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

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Join us for an interactive conversation with Second Year Darden students from India on the application process, life at Darden, the case method, faculty and recruiting. This is a great opportunity to gain insight on life at Darden and to ask some questions before submitting your application for Round 1. We look forward to the conversation!

Webinar: Women in Business
Wednesday, 8 October 2014

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time

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Darden women make a significant impact every day – at Darden, in the community and around the world. Join this interactive panel of women MBAs as they discuss their experiences at Darden, business school culture, what it means to be a leader, and resources such as the Forte Foundation and Graduate Women in Business. After a brief introduction, there will be a 30-minute Q&A session. We hope to see you there!

View additional Darden MBA events on our website.

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Additional Registration Available at October Fall Open Houses [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2014, 15:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Additional Registration Available at October Fall Open Houses
Darden will host three more open house events in October. Please join us in Charlottesville for a full day of programming including a class visit, lunch with students, a career development presentation, and an admissions and financial aid panel. Each open house will conclude with a discussion with one of Darden’s top-ranked faculty speaking on topics that are special to them and important to Darden.

We welcome you to join us and experience the world’s best education, top-ranked faculty and dynamic Darden network in person.

If you cannot join us for an open house, we also offer class visits throughout the academic year.

October Open Houses
Monday, 6 October 2014

Faculty Discussion: Women in Business

Monday, 13 October 2014

Faculty Discussion: The Military and the MBA

Friday, 17 October 2014

Faculty Discussion: The Importance of Diversity at Darden

We look forward to seeing you on the Darden Grounds soon!

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The Case Method, Recruiting and Internships: Trust the Process. Now Wh [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2014, 14:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: The Case Method, Recruiting and Internships: Trust the Process. Now What’s the ‘Process?’
For Darden students, recruiting starts almost immediately after classes begin in the fall. In the following post, student blogger Bradley Brewer describes his summer with The Boston Consulting Group and how Darden’s case method prepared him to step forward in his internship:

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“Recruiting is buzzing on Grounds at Darden. First Year (FY) recruiting is several weeks away but it’s all systems go for us Second Years (SYs) — updating resumes, tweaking pitches, visiting company office hours, and working on case prep (not to mention classes).  Overwhelming? Sure, but I found that Darden provides the necessary tools to navigate this process and succeed in finding the right fit for our career post-graduation.

This summer I had the awesome opportunity to work with The Boston Consulting Group.  I was staffed on a project team tasked with developing and implementing a strategy to consolidate two large retailers’ ecommerce sites.  Our BCG team was fantastic; many offices, personalities, backgrounds, and experience levels were represented and melded nicely.   The work was definitely challenging.  Admittedly, it took me several weeks to jog up the learning curve.  Probably looked like a deer in the headlights for the first few weeks (headlights of a 747).  But soon it all started making sense.

Study the problem, develop insights/hypothesis, socialize these thoughts with a small group, refine & set out to prove insight, re-share — and so on and so forth.

Through this cycle and the support of many colleagues, it all started to gel and I was able to provide some in-depth thinking and analysis that helped the client move forward.  It felt great to be a part of team that worked hard, played hard, and truly wanted each member to enjoy success.  I can’t wait to go back next fall.

I say all that to draw the parallel between the FY at Darden and the internship experience.  For the majority of the SY students I’ve talked to since returning to Darden, they share similar parallels. We worked on ambiguous problems in various industries and were accountable for solutions. To me, this mirrored the FY at Darden. We heard a million times from Dean Bruner and the Darden faculty last fall that we should ‘trust the process’ and it will all work out. I think I get it now.

A pivotal piece in that ‘process’ is the Darden case method, which is designed to deliver practical learning experiences that develop understandings, communication skills and confidence.  After reading a sometimes ambiguous case, we’re asked to self-reflect and bring an initial set of opinions/hypothesis to our learning teams (LT).  During LT, we discuss these ideas and develop new insights and/or find new reasoning to support our original ideas.  The in class dynamic builds upon the LT discussion, discussing the case with representatives from other LTs (which is a combination of the thoughts and efforts of the entire FY class) and the professor (the background player).  By the end of class, we’re ultimately led to new understandings that we would not have fully developed on our own.  The post-class personal reflection piece is our own one-on-one ‘feedback session.’  I.E. What were the key learnings?  How can I use these specific learnings on future cases? How can I do this better?

Here’s a diagram that I think sums it all up (what’s a Darden write-up or a consulting piece without a diagram anyhow, right?):

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My internship experience followed the same trajectory.  The beauty of the case method is this: without consciously knowing how similar the class process can be to an actual work environment, by simply participating in the process with an open mind we pick up new frameworks and structures, new ideas and perspectives, confidence and resilience, and a repertoire of tools that will allow us to succeed in interviews and in the internship.

I chose Darden for the case method and I’m happy with the progress. Note: I say this as a case amateur and someone who never blows away the class with participation day in and day out.  Ask anyone who has class with me and they’ll agree.  It’s still tough for me. It’s a work in progress. But that’s exactly why it’s perfect for me. Whether the case method pushes me or the professor drags it out me, I’m a better business dude in the end for participating in the case process. Especially after spending the last four years of my professional career outside the business arena, I needed plenty of practice and plenty of opportunities to grow.  Darden delivers on that end.

To all the prospective students out there getting applications ready and the FYs currently getting into gear, my advice is to put in the time to embrace the case method. Do the work with a happy heart.  It will pay off.  You’ll learn something. You’ll better yourself.  And you’ll better position yourself so others can easily see and appreciate your growth.”

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