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# Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants!

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04 Dec 2012, 13:16
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For the short answer question "What is your short term career goal and why?", are people using this as their "Why Darden" in addition to career goal question, or just focusing on your short term goal based on your previous professional experience? I assume the former, but since it doesn't specifically ask "....and why will Darden help you achieve this" or something of that nature, I'm curious for other opinions.

The length of the response doesn't really give you THAT much space to fully elaborate on "Why Darden". I spoke mainly about my short term career goal and how what I've done previously will help me transition into it. At the end of the response, I included a brief blurb about "why darden" , but there's not really much space to do so if you've thoroughly explained your career goal (in my opinion).

I think based on your response to the learning team question, if they feel like you could be a good fit - you can explain "why darden" more thoroughly in your interview, which they will most likely ask you then (they asked me)
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04 Dec 2012, 13:19
ctgmat123 wrote:
For the short answer question "What is your short term career goal and why?", are people using this as their "Why Darden" in addition to career goal question, or just focusing on your short term goal based on your previous professional experience? I assume the former, but since it doesn't specifically ask "....and why will Darden help you achieve this" or something of that nature, I'm curious for other opinions.

I personally did not mention "why Darden" in any of my essays, since it wasn't explicitly asked. My thought process was that it's a really limited word count for that question (and their word limits are exact since you have to copy and paste your answer into a text box that cuts you off after the word limit has been reached), so I just tried to give them a thorough answer about my career goals. I included specific positions and names of companies I wanted to work for.

FWIW, I saw an admissions chat transcript somewhere where the one of the adcom members said that Darden purposely doesn't ask "Why Darden" in the application because the answers tend to be rather generic (lots of talk about the case method), and they prefer to save that question for the interview. Anyone else remember that chat or have a link to it?

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04 Dec 2012, 14:07
Thanks to both of those responses. Looks like given the short essay and exact word count, in addition to not actually asking "Why Darden" I will go with your advice and just speak to my short term goal based on my professional career so far. I think if I am invited to interview, the "Why Darden" part will come out. Also, the learning team prompt also provides some context for admissions to frame one's fit.

Appreciate the help.
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04 Dec 2012, 14:53
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Oh, btw. Round 1 applicants: my interviewer told me to stay up late on December 18th because the decisions go out at 12:01 a.m. on the 19th. I'm assuming that's Eastern time.

Bah - that's not an option for me. I guess I'll have to find out at 5AM on the 19th.
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04 Dec 2012, 16:47
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clomps wrote:

Oh, btw. Round 1 applicants: my interviewer told me to stay up late on December 18th because the decisions go out at 12:01 a.m. on the 19th. I'm assuming that's Eastern time.

Bah - that's not an option for me. I guess I'll have to find out at 5AM on the 19th.

I don't know why adcom's insist on playing this game (I guess it's cover in case they do not have time to call all the admitted applicants). If you are accepted you will get a call (in Darden's case the day before the deadline, judging by last years experience). If you haven't heard by 5PM EST on the 18th, you'll know you the answer before they post it.
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04 Dec 2012, 20:26
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CobraKai wrote:
clomps wrote:

Oh, btw. Round 1 applicants: my interviewer told me to stay up late on December 18th because the decisions go out at 12:01 a.m. on the 19th. I'm assuming that's Eastern time.

Bah - that's not an option for me. I guess I'll have to find out at 5AM on the 19th.

I don't know why adcom's insist on playing this game (I guess it's cover in case they do not have time to call all the admitted applicants). If you are accepted you will get a call (in Darden's case the day before the deadline, judging by last years experience). If you haven't heard by 5PM EST on the 18th, you'll know you the answer before they post it.

While I largely agree with this, I was talking to two friends if mine that are at Darden now. They were called on the 19th and one late in the day.
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05 Dec 2012, 14:02
According to this site and Beat the GMAT, only about 25% of applicants have received interviews. this seems kind of low considering ~50% is typical for Darden. with 9 business days left before deadline I doubt the adcoms will be inviting and interviewing another 25% of the applicant pool.

did they just reduce the number of interview invites this year?
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05 Dec 2012, 15:02
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According to this site and Beat the GMAT, only about 25% of applicants have received interviews. this seems kind of low considering ~50% is typical for Darden.

Take these numbers with a grain of salt...hell...take it with the whole shaker. Not all applicants use BTG and GMAT Club, so you're looking at a tiny sample that isn't indicative of the entire applicant pool.
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05 Dec 2012, 18:03
Bennybob wrote:
According to this site and Beat the GMAT, only about 25% of applicants have received interviews. this seems kind of low considering ~50% is typical for Darden. with 9 business days left before deadline I doubt the adcoms will be inviting and interviewing another 25% of the applicant pool.

did they just reduce the number of interview invites this year?

I think at this stage of the game there are a lot of people who haven't updated their status. If you look closer at BTG, of the 266 Round 1 "Applicants," only 118 have marked their application as submitted, of those 70 were invited to interview. 70/118 would be 59%, so the real number may be right around 50% this year still.
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06 Dec 2012, 15:31
As a low-income Latino small business owner applying to UVA via the Consortium, I almost had to decline the opportunity to interview on campus as it was outside my financial means. That said, no other school has impressed quite like Darden has by understanding my situation so well to allow me to still pursue a Round 1 decision timetable in a way where last minute flight expenses aren’t incurred.

Traveling from Houston, TX, I also want to be able to sit in on class during my campus interview visit. Thus, the plan is to make travel arrangements for late January. Presently, looking for advice on what my most cost effective travel and hotel accommodations. Any advice would very much be appreciated.
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07 Dec 2012, 04:48
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As a low-income Latino small business owner applying to UVA via the Consortium, I almost had to decline the opportunity to interview on campus as it was outside my financial means. That said, no other school has impressed quite like Darden has by understanding my situation so well to allow me to still pursue a Round 1 decision timetable in a way where last minute flight expenses aren’t incurred.

Traveling from Houston, TX, I also want to be able to sit in on class during my campus interview visit. Thus, the plan is to make travel arrangements for late January. Presently, looking for advice on what my most cost effective travel and hotel accommodations. Any advice would very much be appreciated.

I stayed at the Cavalier Inn for my interview visit. Its about 6 blocks away from campus and offered free shuttle service to and from the charlottesville airport. Its a great way to avoid having to purchase a rental car.
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07 Dec 2012, 05:30
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rrossjd wrote:
As a low-income Latino small business owner applying to UVA via the Consortium, I almost had to decline the opportunity to interview on campus as it was outside my financial means. That said, no other school has impressed quite like Darden has by understanding my situation so well to allow me to still pursue a Round 1 decision timetable in a way where last minute flight expenses aren’t incurred.

Traveling from Houston, TX, I also want to be able to sit in on class during my campus interview visit. Thus, the plan is to make travel arrangements for late January. Presently, looking for advice on what my most cost effective travel and hotel accommodations. Any advice would very much be appreciated.

I stayed at the Cavalier Inn for my interview visit. Its about 6 blocks away from campus and offered free shuttle service to and from the charlottesville airport. Its a great way to avoid having to purchase a rental car.

I stayed at the Inn at Darden. It's where the Executive Education guys stay and is right next to the business school. Breakfast is included, and if you call them and tell them you're a prospective student, you'll get a rate of $85. Nice rooms too. http://www.innatdarden.com/ _________________ Manager Status: Yale SOM 2015! Joined: 28 Feb 2012 Posts: 180 Location: United States (MA) GMAT 1: 710 Q V Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 63 [0], given: 107 Re: Darden (Virginia) 2013 - Calling All Applicants! [#permalink] ### Show Tags 07 Dec 2012, 06:22 CobraKai wrote: Bennybob wrote: rrossjd wrote: As a low-income Latino small business owner applying to UVA via the Consortium, I almost had to decline the opportunity to interview on campus as it was outside my financial means. That said, no other school has impressed quite like Darden has by understanding my situation so well to allow me to still pursue a Round 1 decision timetable in a way where last minute flight expenses aren’t incurred. Traveling from Houston, TX, I also want to be able to sit in on class during my campus interview visit. Thus, the plan is to make travel arrangements for late January. Presently, looking for advice on what my most cost effective travel and hotel accommodations. Any advice would very much be appreciated. I stayed at the Cavalier Inn for my interview visit. Its about 6 blocks away from campus and offered free shuttle service to and from the charlottesville airport. Its a great way to avoid having to purchase a rental car. I stayed at the Inn at Darden. It's where the Executive Education guys stay and is right next to the business school. Breakfast is included, and if you call them and tell them you're a prospective student, you'll get a rate of$85. Nice rooms too.

http://www.innatdarden.com/

Another--albeit, less convenient--option is to fly into Richmond or even DCA. It was cheaper for me to fly into DCA and get a rental car for my stay than fly into Charlottesville (and that's including a surcharge on the rental since I'm under 25). The drive from DCA to Charlottesville is only about 2.5 hours and it's BEAUTIFUL (wine country, rolling hills, and cute farms) and traffic is very minimal if you avoid rush hour times. Even better, Richmond is only about an hour away and again, flights are generally cheaper.
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07 Dec 2012, 06:38
I also stayed at the Inn at Darden. With the prospective student rate, I don' think you can find a better option.
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07 Dec 2012, 06:57
Hmmm........... for Round 1 applicants who still haven't received any interview invite, looks like game is over.

Even though Darden says they keep inviting for interview till the last weekend.

Any internationals who are interviewing around this time ?
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07 Dec 2012, 07:39
Several of my friends applying to schools last year said that the people who wrote their recommendations got a phone call to verify their identity/position etc. Has anyone heard from any of their recommendors that they received a call yet? Do schools always do this and at what point in the process?
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07 Dec 2012, 17:12
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Several of my friends applying to schools last year said that the people who wrote their recommendations got a phone call to verify their identity/position etc. Has anyone heard from any of their recommendors that they received a call yet? Do schools always do this and at what point in the process?

Would surely like to know more on this.

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10 Dec 2012, 00:12
So, I guess thats the end of the tunnel for those who applied R1 and haven't heard from Darden yet?!
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Several of my friends applying to schools last year said that the people who wrote their recommendations got a phone call to verify their identity/position etc. Has anyone heard from any of their recommendors that they received a call yet? Do schools always do this and at what point in the process?

Would surely like to know more on this.

I know I've heard about some (but not all) schools using an independent background check on their accepted applicants. They have to pay someone to do this, so it wouldn't be until after you are admitted (no point in checking credentials that weren't good enough anyway). When I've seen this discussed before schools were pretty tight-lipped about what they are checking, but you can expect someone might call to verify your employment history, the existence of your recommendors, your academic record, and any very prestigious awards positions you may cite in your application. They don't have the time to nitpick, as long as you were generally truthful in your application you have nothing to worry about.
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10 Dec 2012, 08:05
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dreamchase wrote:
olivia783 wrote:
Several of my friends applying to schools last year said that the people who wrote their recommendations got a phone call to verify their identity/position etc. Has anyone heard from any of their recommendors that they received a call yet? Do schools always do this and at what point in the process?

Would surely like to know more on this.

I know I've heard about some (but not all) schools using an independent background check on their accepted applicants. They have to pay someone to do this, so it wouldn't be until after you are admitted (no point in checking credentials that weren't good enough anyway). When I've seen this discussed before schools were pretty tight-lipped about what they are checking, but you can expect someone might call to verify your employment history, the existence of your recommendors, your academic record, and any very prestigious awards positions you may cite in your application. They don't have the time to nitpick, as long as you were generally truthful in your application you have nothing to worry about.

I thought they called to verify recommenders before they accepted you - so I was worried that they hadn't checked me yet
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