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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2014, 18:50
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Just out of compulsion, I had pulled some of the GC data to look at statistics for schools where I was interviewing. I was looking to see if there was a demonstrable difference between the students who had been accepted vs. denied, ONLY in the population of those who received interview invitations. For the most part, the students who had been accepted tended to have (very) slightly higher GPA's & GMAT scores. Again, very slight (739 vs. 737 at CBS as an example).

However, looking at GC data for Darden, weird things happened. Here's the breakdown of those who had been invited to interview and have received a final verdict:

Admitted (n=29): 713 GMAT, 3.50 uGPA
Denied (n=7): 734 GMAT, 3.70 uGPA

So... what do you think is behind this (seemingly) counter-intuitive information? Just small sample size noise? Rejection by UVA for those students who were applying to Darden as a 'safety' and as a result, didn't have a compelling interview? Just curious.

Also, bonus data. WL with Interview (n=16): 720 GMAT, 3.10 GPA


Probably just sample size... Have you tried to take this same info from past years? I think those probably have more data. Also, if you get from past years, you could take the sample of people that didn't update their profiles (unknown final decision) as those probably didn't get accepted too, because I would say that you usually don't want to come back to the forum to say you did not pass...


Hope that helps.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 06:58
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Yesterday I received the interview invitation! (R2)


Super cool. GMAT? GPA? Location? Background?


Latin America (Chile)
Low GMAT of 650, but with good records and awards in the school.
Engineer working in an Airline.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 01:29
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upandcoming wrote:
cfherrer wrote:
Yesterday I received the interview invitation! (R2)


Super cool. GMAT? GPA? Location? Background?


Latin America (Chile)
Low GMAT of 650, but with good records and awards in the school.
Engineer working in an Airline.




Did they send you an email. I have logged into my application several times but could find the status of my application.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 01:40
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Did they send you an email. I have logged into my application several times but could find the status of my application.



They only send them through email. The application status won't change until the 25th, even if you are invited! Best of luck!
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Round 3 Deadline Approaching: 27 March 2014 [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 07:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Round 3 Deadline Approaching: 27 March 2014
If you would like to be considered for admission into Darden’s full-time MBA class starting this August, submit your application by the Round 3 deadline on Thursday, 27 March.

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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 20:05
New US News Rankings are out. Darden ranked joint 11th with Ross.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 07:35
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New US News Rankings are out. Darden ranked joint 11th with Ross.


Super cool. Very exciting!

.. they better let me in now ;)

P.S. Ouch, Fuqua.
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Guest Blog: My Experience With Diversity at Darden [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 07:00
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Guest Blog: My Experience With Diversity at Darden
In the guest post below, Second Year student Maribel Garcia goes beyond the classroom and writes about the events during one weekend at Darden:

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“When asked to write a blog entry I was a bit disoriented on where to start.   What’s my message?  Do I need an overriding theme?  Who am I talking to?  Is this a diary?  And then the weekend came — dinner with global leaders, executing a global conference and a drag brunch.  My weekend was the perfect inspiration for this blog: My Experience with Diversity at Darden.

The weekend kicked-off with Darden’s Inaugural Global Conference.  While the conference is meant to promote diversity at Darden, for me the true essence of diversity came in the months of planning with eight different affinity club leaders, all from different countries: China, India, Ghana, France, Argentina, Japan and the United States. I took the role of conference co-chair thinking that the job would entail event planning and project management, but boy was I in for more!

Our first meeting last spring was scheduled for 30 minutes, yet the meeting went on for over two hours!  I remember leaving the meeting with a headache and at the same time a thrill for the challenge that lay ahead: the unchartered path of putting on Darden’s Inaugural Global Conference, the opportunity to make a mark, a clean canvas to design the conference the way we wanted, and of course coordinating six different international clubs and leading people of different cultures and backgrounds towards a common goal.

Being of a multi-cultural background myself, I felt I was “in my salsa” as they say in Spanish — meaning this was my natural habitat.  I grew up learning to navigate seamlessly between my European and Latin American background and the melting pot where I was raised — New Jersey.  But even that expertise was put to test at Darden.

Working closely in a diverse, professional setting for months is a completely different experience from having everyday small talk with individuals of different backgrounds.  Here, I had to get buy-in from leaders with different priorities, cultural norms and interests.  My leadership skills, cultural sensitivity and emotional and social intelligence were truly put to the test.  The results were a success, even more so for an inaugural event!  We had over 20 speakers come from countries around the world representing a wide variety industries. We had speakers from Walmart, to the World Bank, to the NGO Village Capital.  And just as Darden promised, I got to experience in real-time what it takes to be a global leader.

On Sunday, I was back at it — I went to Fellini’s for brunch — a great Italian-American restaurant in Charlottesville that puts on drag brunches the first Sunday of every month.  In the spirit of ‘Love is Love’ month, the GLAD club (Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Darden) kicked-off the month at Fellini’s.  ‘Love is Love’ is a series of events held at Darden throughout the month of February (coincidentally with Valentine’s Day), promoting the inclusion of the LGBT community.  What I thought was simply a social event turned into an educational one.

As the music turned up and picked up its pace, the crowd began to part to make way for the ladies and their lavish attires.  An international student next to me applauded and said to our table, “I don’t get what this has to do with the LGBT community.”  “Neither do I,” I thought to myself, but I wasn’t about to admit it out loud.  A board member of GLAD explained to the student that drag was not about the gender or sexual preference of the person. The GLAD member went on to explain that drag is an art, a form of expression in which individuals act out and play with the varying elements that traditionally define gender.  As a community that is largely misunderstood, the essence of drag and expression is very important in the LGBT community.  Ah ha!  And if I had stayed home and had cereal, I would have missed out on this tid-bit of education that takes place outside the classroom.

While my experience this weekend is not the norm at Darden (who has dinner with global leaders every weekend?), in some way I think it is very representative of the diverse experiences that I have here.  One can attribute my experience to the clubs that I am involved in, but my experience and definition of diversity go beyond these clubs.  Diversity to me goes beyond nationality, sex or race — it’s the accumulation of life experiences that make an individual unique in his/her thoughts and views.  More importantly, diversity at Darden is about not only making these experiences come together in a room, but also about making them work.  At Darden we strive not to color within the lines when it comes to diversity — we go Picasso and make the definition our own.”

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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 19:46
Anyone know how competitive R3 is for Darden. I'm looking to apply in R3. I have a 680 GMAT, 3.3 GPA, great w/e, and great EC. Most likely retaking GMAT and looking to get 700+
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 02:32
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Anyone know how competitive R3 is for Darden. I'm looking to apply in R3. I have a 680 GMAT, 3.3 GPA, great w/e, and great EC. Most likely retaking GMAT and looking to get 700+


Why don't you give a try? At least you can get the feedback if you fail.
However, you should give school a reasonable reason why you apply so late.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 07:21
Darden is giving out admission decision - little nervous.
In these recent days, I read anything about Darden (forum, blog...) and watched many Sara 's video. I fall in love with Darden. If Darden is a girl, I will marry her. I truly wanna spend my next two years here.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 07:45
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Darden is giving out admission decision - little nervous.
In these recent days, I read anything about Darden (forum, blog...) and watched many Sara 's video. I fall in love with Darden. If Darden is a girl, I will marry her. I truly wanna spend my next two years here.


Darden decision date is not until March 25.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 07:49
I see someone R2 updating their status in recent days and even today.
I checked old topic that Darden could send decision a little bit earlier than announced.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 09:02
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I see someone R2 updating their status in recent days and even today.
I checked old topic that Darden could send decision a little bit earlier than announced.


And I never even got an interview. Guess it is time to let go of that last glimmer of hope and start looking towards next year.

Good luck to everyone who interviewed!
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 15:17
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I see someone R2 updating their status in recent days and even today.
I checked old topic that Darden could send decision a little bit earlier than announced.


Source? It may be Consortium-related.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 17:50
Last year, Darden released R2 decision on March 19th
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This Friday has passed, hopefully we may receive good news next week.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2014, 19:05
10 days to go!
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 15:18
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paladin3828 wrote:
I see someone R2 updating their status in recent days and even today.
I checked old topic that Darden could send decision a little bit earlier than announced.


Source? It may be Consortium-related.


It is. They called Consortium applicants the day after the Consortium draft. Usually for the general application, admitted applicants get a call the day before Decision Day.
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 18:10
@JDMBA2012 - so if you applied via the Consortium, and didn't get a call this past week, should one assume they've been dinged?
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Re: Darden (UVA) Class of 2016: Calling all applicants! [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2014, 21:20
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@JDMBA2012 - so if you applied via the Consortium, and didn't get a call this past week, should one assume they've been dinged?


No, I think they call some, if not all, Consortium applicants who received a scholarship. Consortium applicants who only received the membership will be called on the 24th. The idea is to call those who received scholarships as soon as possible after the draft in case they are considering offers from other schools.
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