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New post 15 Aug 2017, 02:39
So the White-Supremacist protest / march / riots happened in Charlottesville ( ... 45115.html) and suddenly Darden which has been one of my top schools for a few months now seems not the best place to go to (for reasons the school can't control). This is not mere speculation or fear-mongering because the whole incident happened on the UVA campus.

Darden sent out an email on 1/31 early this year when the White House imposed the 7 country ban. This time, Darden's dean and UVA's president have put out a message ( ... community/) which indicates there were protesters, cops and fire at the UVA president's doorstep which is scary.

I wanted to see what other internationals are thinking - would you rather wait and watch (still apply, decide later when you've to pay deposit) OR is this a risk not worth taking?

Domestic folks: Is the town home to a large number of Neo-Nazis (or whatever they're called)..? Or they chose Charlottesville to converge for other reasons?

P.S. If I were you, I'd not comment on the politics / motives, only on safety for prospective / current students.
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As a first year at Darden, I can confidently say that you should not factor this incident into your decision process. Charlottesville is a very liberal and progressive town. The reason for this confrontation was because of the removal of a Confederate statue and most of the protesters were from out of the city. Darden is a safe place as it's far removed from the Main Grounds where the protesters marched through and the school as well as all students have been extremely supportive. We have been holding community conversations and helping one another. This school is amazing and I have never seen a support system as effective as this. Just my two cents, I know some may not agree with me but I would still choose this school over others.

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