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Darden School of Business
Rankings (2011 GMAT Club Rankings Table)

MBA Specialty Rankings
  • #1 Student Satisfaction (Bloomberg Businessweek 2010)
  • #1 General Management (Financial Times 2011)
  • #1 Education Experience (The Economist 2011)
  • #1 Best Faculty (The Princeton Review 2010)
  • #1 Best Facilities (The Princeton Review 2011)
  • #3 Corporate Social Responsibility(Financial Times 2011)
  • #3 Entrepreneurship (The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine 2011)
  • #5 Placement Success (Financial Times 2011)


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Current Applicant Thread: Fall 2012 - Calling All Darden Applicants

Fall 2012 Application Instructions

Application Deadlines 2011–2012
Round 1: 10/17/2011 |Decision Date: 12/21/2011
Round 2: 1/12/2012 | Decision Date: 3/28/2012
Round 3: 4/4/2012 | Decision Date: 5/16/2012

Essay
Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words maximum)

Recommendation Questions (2 recommenders)
  • Please provide an example of how this applicant has made a positive impact on your organization
  • Please provide an example of how this applicant has mentored or managed others either formally or informally
  • What makes this applicant an exceptional person

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Class Profile and Program Statistics
Full Time MBA Stats
Length of Program 21 Months
Campus Location Charlottesville, Virginia
Class Size 319
Average Work Experience 4 Years
Average Age 28
Average GMAT 701 (Middle 80%: 650-740)
Average GPA3.4 (Middle 80%: 3.1-3.79)
Female29%
International 31%


Curriculum – Notable Features

Case Method
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A distinctive element of the Darden academic experience is the case method of instruction. In contrast to a lecture-based approach to education, Darden class time is spent discussing cases about actual business problems and potential solutions. Under the skillful direction of a faculty member, students strengthen their communication and leadership skills by learning to make difficult decisions with limited information and significant uncertainty — critical skills for any current or future business leader. By actively defending their positions, students have a safe environment in which to learn to persuade and inspire others, to reconcile differing viewpoints and to prioritize objectives and capitalize on opportunities.

Students are exposed to over 500 cases in a variety of industries and functions during their time at Darden. In each class, students contribute their own viewpoints to the business situation at hand while building a strong frame of reference and broadened perspective from the classroom discussions. If you are able to visit a Darden class, you will see that Darden students do most of the talking.
Visit Perspectives on the Case Method to learn more.

Life @ Darden
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Life at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is characterized by a high level of involvement in a wide variety of activities, both inside and outside of the classroom. There is a shared responsibility and understanding among students, faculty and staff for everyone to be engaged and to engage others in community and student life. Student self-governance is a hallmark of the University of Virginia and extends to the Honor Code, class and section leadership as well as all other clubs and activities. We invite you to learn more about the many organizations, events and activities at Darden, in addition to the larger UVA and Charlottesville communities, by visiting the following links:
  • Student Organizations — Darden has over 40 student clubs that range from career-focused organizations to community, social and outreach groups.
  • Darden Community — Learn about the tight-knit community life at Darden. Information about partners and families, international student resources, affinity groups, women and military students can be found here.
  • Darden Grounds — Watch a video tour, view photos or find directions to the School.
  • Student Affairs — Get to know the Office of Student Affairs and the resources it provides.
  • University of Virginia — Darden students benefit from UVA's vast research and historic resources and the opportunity to collaborate across disciplines.
  • Charlottesville — Consistently ranked a top city in lifestyle, health and business rankings, Charlottesville offers the amenities of a large city while maintaining the charm of a small town.

Entrepreneurship
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Darden has one of the leading entrepreneurship programs among all graduate business schools.

At Darden, students can gain valuable experience in launching an entrepreneurial venture while learning from award-winning entrepreneurship faculty and a thriving network of student and alumni entrepreneurs:
  • #3 ranked in Entrepreneurship by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine in 2011.
  • #1 ranked faculty by Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review (2008)
  • Over $1 million in entrepreneurship scholarships awarded annually
  • 46% of Incubator companies remain active enterprises after 5 years. Students can apply to launch their businesses: Darden Business Incubator
  • More than 25 academic courses (electives) in entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Large portfolio of co-curricular entrepreneurial activities, all funded by the Batten Endowment.
  • Four major entrepreneurial competitions (including concept and business plan competitions)
  • VC bootcamp, E-bootcamp, Health Care bootcamp
  • Two clubs students can join: the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club (EVC Club) and the E*Society
  • Recent Darden entrepreneurs have received media coverage in a broad range of outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, Washington Post, USA Today, Fast Company,The Scientist Magazine, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and several others.

Whatever a student's level of interest in entrepreneurship, Darden provides a wide array of opportunities for students to experience the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, both inside and outside the classroom.


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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 03:36
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Hey malbec,

You should add these links to your post too.

Duke Vs Darden:
duke-vs-darden-72432.html

Darden Vs Cornell:
darden-vs-cornell-94811.html

Hjort's review:
virginia-darden-13305.html
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2011, 07:46
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All veterans: the GI Bill 2.0 now covers 100% of your MBA, Law School, up to a PhD tuition at any in-state school.

MBA: Darden Student Veterans Benefit From Updates to the Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 was signed into law in early January 2011. Changes have been made to the original Post 9/11 Act that are important for all veterans and active duty members who are either applying or are considering applying to the Darden School of Business.

Effective on August 1, 2011, the GI Bill will now pay all public school in-state tuition and fees, including the graduate programs. The Darden School of Business is one of the few top ranked MBA programs in the country that is part of a public university and thereby able to benefit from the new update to the law.

For full details, visit the GI Bill website: http://www.gibill.va.gov/post-911/post- ... anges.html
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2011, 14:39
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Check out these websites. They should be helpful in preparing you for your interview.

Unfortunately the third link seems to be under construction but applicants should check back with the first link and look under interviews section. Best of luck to all.

http://www.accepted.com/mba/uvadarden.aspx

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/mb ... 601790.htm

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http://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Into-Top- ... b_title_bk

http://www.amazon.com/BusinessWeek-Guid ... pd_sim_b_1
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2011, 10:42
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Is there any preference towards in-state applications? I know it's a bit cheaper to attend UVA if you're a VA resident, but I was curious if the admission rate is any higher.

Anyone know?


Bryant Michaels a MBA Admissions Consultant from Veritas Prep states: "Nope, unfortunately for VA residents, Darden cannot afford to favor locals as it could potentially skew their admissions stats and risk their ranking. For the MBA program, it does not provide any advantage to be from Virginia."



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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 04:15
Excellent!
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 14 Dec 2010, 14:40
I've heard that the University of Virginia has a rather conservative culture compared to other business schools. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there who can speak as to what exactly is meant by that. In what way is it conservative? Is it in reference to the heavy use of the case study method--or are we talking rings of students praying, hand in hand, around the American flag every Wednesday morning at dawn?
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2011, 14:09
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I've heard that the University of Virginia has a rather conservative culture compared to other business schools. I'm wondering if there is anyone out there who can speak as to what exactly is meant by that. In what way is it conservative? Is it in reference to the heavy use of the case study method--or are we talking rings of students praying, hand in hand, around the American flag every Wednesday morning at dawn?


Darden and UVA fosters a close community spirit, with supportive faculty and close links with local and international business. Darden is on the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which is one of the cities with the best quality of life in the US. The school is in the south and holds to it's honor code. The school was set up by Jefferson to be run by students and the school keeps to this ethos through all it's programs.

http://www.virginia.edu/uvatours/shorthistory/code.html

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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2011, 05:29
Is there any preference towards in-state applications? I know it's a bit cheaper to attend UVA if you're a VA resident, but I was curious if the admission rate is any higher.

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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2011, 21:53
I don't think there's much advantage for Darden (the difference in tuition is about $4k-$5k).

You could probably call Darden's admission office and about this, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a published data to the public.
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2011, 10:43
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 21:13
Hello guys,
Feel free to reach out with any question and good luck with your Darden application!
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2011, 00:08
Another link that could be added to the resource list:

Darden MBA – Interview with Associate Director of Admissions Wendy Huber

She answers questions about application requirements, what NOT to do on your application, MBA financing, summer internships, new initiatives at Darden and more.
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2012, 12:33
Hi all, I had a question for anybody familiar with Darden's dual degree programs. I just spoke to a Darden alumni with PepsiCo, he graduated in 2004 and mentioned that Darden's dual degrees tend to be a bit poorly planned. More specifically, as the case study curriculum is already extremely challenging, Darden, unlike other schools, does not decrease the overall workload in order for students to graduate on time. So one might have to extend the course time by a year if required.

I wanted to apply to the MBA/MPH (Masters in Public Health) program, and was wondering if anybody had any insights for this school.
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 07 May 2012, 02:48
Can someone point me to the admissions statistics for the current year for Darden, please?
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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 07 May 2012, 03:53
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Can someone point me to the admissions statistics for the current year for Darden, please?


Here are UVA's stats for the Fall 2011 incoming class:

Applicant Pool
319 matriculated; 558 got accepted; 2,269 applied
24.6% acceptance rate, 57.2% yield rate

GMAT FOR APPLICANT POOL
10th: 610
25th: 660
Median: 700
75th: 720
90th: 740

GMAT FOR INCOMING CLASS:
10th: 650 (rounded up from 643 which isn't a score)
25th: 680
Median: 710
75th: 730
90th: 750

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BUSINESSWEEK:
http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/ra ... arden.html

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Re: Darden (University of Virginia) [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2012, 10:29
Does anyone have any updated info on Darden's app deadlines or essay questions?
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