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Good Afternoon All! I am going to be visiting Darden in the coming weeks, and was interested in any tips... How to dress? I assume business casual. What is expected when sitting in on a class (obviously, not participation-wise)? I have read many threads on visits in general, and wanted to ask about Darden specifically.
If you haven't been to Charlottesville before you'll love it. It's a really beautiful campus. Great questions about the visit. For dress, go business formal. At least have a jacket if you find a tie too constricting. As for participation, Darden is actually a little unique in that some professors are known to call on visiting applicants. They're a case method school so the professor is one of the people in the class who speaks the least. That doesn't mean pick a class you know something about, but don't be caught off guard either! Also, if you don't know the answer, that's ok! Say you don't know .
Other than that, there isn't much else specific to Darden I can think of to point out. There are a host of other threads on this forum on school visits so I won't rehash a bunch of content. But if you have any other specific questions, don't hesitate to ask!
I have read many responses where class participation is a no-go for the most part, and I totally understand why. But with the case method at Darden, I figured that may not necessarily hold true. I'm sure I will get a feel for the protocol within the first few minutes of being in the class, but wanted to have some insight on what to expect going in (this will be my first school visit).
As for dress, business formal (with no tie) was what I was planning on.
You will love the Charlottesville experience. Create a strong introduction, and have reasons for your interest in Darden. I can share this from my experiences of seeing a lot of class visits during my two years at Darden. They love to hear about why you like the Darden community.
It is a sweet school. And in your reasons for loving Darden, if you can insert "Thomas Jefferson" even once, they would love you even more
Anyway, set up an informational interview with the Adcom and meet with Sarah Neher. She loves to see perspective students.