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Calling all UVA Darden MBA Applicants: (2017 Intake) Class of 2019!!

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: A Statement From the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
We invite prospective students to join Chief Global Diversity Officer Melissa Thomas-Hunt for a discussion on diversity within the Darden community on Tuesday, 11 October at 9 am. As we wrap up Darden’s second annual Diversity Week, Melissa encourages you to bring your questions to a thoughtful discussion about how we can embody an inclusive community where everyone feels at home. We look forward to the conversation. Please register for the webinar here.

The personal comments made by University of Virginia adjunct lecturer Doug Muir on his personal social media accounts do not in any way represent the viewpoint or values of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

A core value of the Darden School of Business is a supportive and diverse community that encourages its members to collaborate and excel.

At the Darden School, we value and respect all identities, commit to engaging members of the Darden community as unique individuals, and promote a multicultural, global and inclusive environment in which each person feels valued.

This week, we have celebrated Diversity Week at Darden, which has provided an opportunity to appreciate what each person brings to the community — and to dialogue about how diversity impacts our learning community and our lives. Organized by Darden students, with the participation of the entire community, the week has included lectures, open dialogues and creativity expressed through media such as this video.

As a school within a public university, we respect and recognize people’s rights, including their First Amendment right to free speech. As an institution of learning, we also recognize that diversity of opinion is foundational. However, the personal statements made by Doug Muir regarding Black Lives Matter do not represent the views of this School.

At Darden, we embrace the challenging discussions surrounding diversity, equality and justice that face our society because it is our mission to develop leaders who are prepared to lead responsibly through the most difficult issues facing business and the world.

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Meet Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA: Joe Spencer, EMBA ’18
Much like our residential students, the students enrolled in the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers, goals, and interests. We have asked several of our EMBA and GEMBA students to answer a few questions about their MBA experiences, which we will post over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, and if you have any additional questions about our Executive Formats, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee.

Name: Joe Spencer

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EMBA student Joe Spencer

City: Kansas City, MO

Employer: Osmose Utility Services

Years of Experience: Business experience, 17 years; Sales experience 10 years; Years with Osmose, 1

Format/Section: EMBA ROS

1. What is your current job? 

I am a Senior Director of Business Development for Osmose Utility Services.  That’s our super-secret code name for Sales Executive.

2. Why did you decide to pursue an MBA?

I explored buying a company a year ago, and, given my background, I was able to quickly identify the sales opportunities.  However, when I tried to evaluate and value the company operations, finances, and measure the future opportunity, I quickly realized I was not equipped with the tools to make that assessment.  Thus, I am here.

I do not know what the future holds.  I will either be an entrepreneur or on a senior executive track.  The goal is to broaden from and build on my sales experience.  Ultimately, I want to teach, but that is two steps down the road!

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Joe Spencer and his family

3. Why did you choose Darden?

I chose Darden for two reasons.  I wanted to attend a top tier school whose degree would not only mean something to me, it would mean something to others.  Secondly, my wife and I are looking to get back to the east coast in a few years, and becoming part of Darden’s network most certainly helps.

During the application process, I reached out to a fellow Naval Academy alum, who I have never met, who happens to also be a C level executive for a large, global sportswear manufacturer.  He sent me a note back within ten minutes, endorsing Darden and also mentioning one of his staff would be attending, and she is one of my classmates.

4. What attracted you to the executive formats of the Darden MBA?

I have eleven children.  I must work towards my degree while still working a “normal” job.  The kids’ tuition still needs to be paid!

5. What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far?

My peers in this program are the most talented group of professionals with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. The intellectual talent in the room is humbling. I often look in the mirror and strive to live up to that very high bar that is set every day, in every conversation.

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I am in for R1, good luck to everyone!
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Round 2 Applicants: Meet Darden Admissions at Multi-School Events in NYC, DC
Calling all Round 2 applicants-to-be!

Darden and other top business schools will be at multi-school events in New York City and Washington, DC, in early November and we hope to see you there.

At these events, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from Admissions Committee members who will offer tips on crafting a competitive application. You will also meet alumni from the participating business schools and have the chance to ask them questions about their MBA experiences, as well as mingle with other prospective students.

To register, please click the links below.

New York City:

Tuesday, 1 November

7:00 – 9:00 pm

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Washington, DC:

Wednesday, 2 November

7:00 – 9:00 pm

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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Meet Darden’s EMBA and GEMBA: Meghan Azevedo, EMBA ’18
Much like our residential students, the students enrolled in the Executive Formats of the Darden MBA come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers, goals, and interests. We have asked several of our EMBA and GEMBA students to answer a few questions about their MBA experiences, which we will post over the coming weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them, and if you have any additional questions about our Executive Formats, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with a member of our Admissions Committee.

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EMBA Student Meghan Azevedo

Name: Meghan Azevedo

City: Severna Park, MD

Employer: Under Armour

Years of Experience: 8

Format/Section: Charlottesville EMBA

  • What is your current job? I am the Chief of Staff to the CFO at UA.

[*]Why did you decide to pursue an MBA? Pursuing an MBA is something that I considered for a long time. I graduated from undergrad with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management and, while the majority of what I learned was applicable in my first job out of school, my career path changed drastically. At some point, as many people do, I found myself in a role that I never anticipated. I began to realize more and more that I didn’t have a strong enough financial acumen to get to the level I wanted to reach within the organization, and I decided to do something about it. I had always found a reason to put “going back to school” on the backburner but, with a full-time job, a husband who travels, and an 18-month old at home, I realized that there would never be a “right” time. I am so glad that I took the leap to invest in myself, both personally and professionally, and look forward to seeing what the future holds.[/list]

[*]Why did you choose Darden? I chose Darden for so many reasons! Its ranking speaks for itself, as does its reputation, but I think the alumni were what was most attractive to me. I don’t mean the network, which is also world-renowned, but the alums themselves. We have quite a few at UA—they’re easy to spot, and even easier to respect and admire. UA’s Darden alums are smart, confident, and quick. They see the big picture, and they are always pushing to motivate their teams and those around them to achieve their best. I wanted to be that kind of leader, and that’s why I chose Darden.[/list]

[*]What attracted you to the executive formats of the Darden MBA? I knew I still wanted to work full-time while pursuing my MBA so, for me, the schedule was the most appealing thing about the executive format. A lot of other programs are very weekend-intensive but, as a mom, I wasn’t willing to give up that critical time with my son. The weekly online classes and once-per-month residency format of the EMBA format allow me to balance my course work with my most important role as a wife and mom, in addition to the ever-increasing responsibilities of my position at UA.[/list]

[*]What’s your favorite thing about your classmates so far? First and foremost, my classmates are awesome (and, no, I’m not just saying that). I had so much anxiety heading in to the first day. I was certain that I would be the least intelligent, that I wouldn’t add value to class discussions, and that no one else would be “like me” (full-time working mom, unsure of my future path, etc.). Turns out, all 119 of my classmates felt the same way—and we couldn’t have been more wrong. After a week at LR1, I think we would all agree that we never could have imagined that we’d be as close as we are. We are switchers, climbers, and general “I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up”-ers. We are moms, dads, military heroes, engineers, nurses, beer wholesalers, cardiac surgeons, and everything in between. Our ages range from 25-65, and we all bring something unique to the table. I can’t explain why, or how, but it just works. I left LR1 with more Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, Instagram followers, selfies, and inside jokes than I have ever had in a week’s time and, as we love to say at Under Armour, we are just getting started![/list]
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Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!
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Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!


How did you apply for this? Based on what I am reading from the Darden website every candidate is considered for the Jefferson Fellowship and their admissions application is the application they review for it. You may have applied under the wrong thing and you may not be out of the race for it yet.
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Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!


How did you apply for this? Based on what I am reading from the Darden website every candidate is considered for the Jefferson Fellowship and their admissions application is the application they review for it. You may have applied under the wrong thing and you may not be out of the race for it yet.


No, the deadline for the Jefferson Fellowship was in early September. Targeted applicants received an email from the school about it during the summer based on their GMAT scores.

I also got dinged for the Fellowship. It's disappointing and I hope it's not a sign of things to come with regular admissions.
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Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!


How did you apply for this? Based on what I am reading from the Darden website every candidate is considered for the Jefferson Fellowship and their admissions application is the application they review for it. You may have applied under the wrong thing and you may not be out of the race for it yet.


No, the deadline for the Jefferson Fellowship was in early September. Targeted applicants received an email from the school about it during the summer based on their GMAT scores.

I also got dinged for the Fellowship. It's disappointing and I hope it's not a sign of things to come with regular admissions.


Looking at last year's thread, many people who got dinged on Jefferson still were admitted in R1, so don't start worrying yet.

Now, if you haven't gotten an interview invite in a few weeks, maybe start to panic then. That's my plan, anyway. :-D

I haven't heard of anyone getting an interview invite yet, looks like they should go out late this week or early next week based on previous years.
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wthi90 wrote:
Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!


How did you apply for this? Based on what I am reading from the Darden website every candidate is considered for the Jefferson Fellowship and their admissions application is the application they review for it. You may have applied under the wrong thing and you may not be out of the race for it yet.


No, the deadline for the Jefferson Fellowship was in early September. Targeted applicants received an email from the school about it during the summer based on their GMAT scores.

I also got dinged for the Fellowship. It's disappointing and I hope it's not a sign of things to come with regular admissions.


I was also dinged from the Jefferson Fellowship with a 750 GMAT and 3.8 GPA from a top 20 school... I think it's just a very competitive process and not necessarily indicative of overall admissions acceptance
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wthi90 wrote:
Just got the reject email for Jefferson Fellowship. Not entirely surprising considering my undergrad GPA, but still a bummer. Here's to hoping I get an interview invite!


Same here. Let's hope it's not foreshadowing for Round 1, considering the application for Jefferson was pretty much the same as the normal Darden application.
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Anyone have a guess as to when R1 interview invites are supposed to start coming out? Just curious...
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Anyone have a guess as to when R1 interview invites are supposed to start coming out? Just curious...



looked on clearadmit and last year invites were on oct. 26
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Anyone have a guess as to when R1 interview invites are supposed to start coming out? Just curious...



looked on clearadmit and last year invites were on oct. 26


Also worth noting that last year's application deadline was 4 days later than this year's...so I wouldn't be surprised if we start hearing next week.
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Meet Matt Miller, Class of 2018
If you’re thinking about applying to Darden, you may have wondered what your Darden classmates might end up being like — where they come from, what they enjoy, how they spend their free time. Darden’s classrooms are full of students with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, goals, and more. You never know who you might end up sitting next to and what you might learn from him or her.

In this video, get to know Matt Miller (Class of 2018). He’s a Darden First Year and an Olympic Athlete who participated in the Rio Olympics this past summer. And he’s just one of the 345 incredible students in this year’s class who each bring unique experiences to the Darden community. We hope you enjoy learning more about his journey!

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Any international esp Indian got a interview invite yet? When were invites out or will be sent?
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I don't think anyone got any invite yet.


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My contact in the admissions said. last week of October to early November.So we can expect invites this week.
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