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Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia

Darden: Affiliated to the University of Virginia, Darden is a regular top 25 ranked US business education program. Well known for its Case Method approach to teaching, Darden provides a unique and highly regarded general management MBA program. If you are looking for highly stimulating academic experience and becoming part of a close-knit MBA community in a quaint cozy town, Darden could become your top choice. 

Darden Class Profile Darden's full-time MBA class has an approximate strength of 316 students. The average Darden MBA class has a 30% female and 70% male composition. The average student is aged 27 at entry and has a somewhat lower than usual work experience of 4 years. The mean GMAT score is around 706. 37% of Darden's students have an international background and hail from 37 different countries.

Darden Application Deadlines 2016-2017 Round 1 (04 Oct 2016), Round 2 (09 Jan 2017), Round 3 (06 Apr 2017).

Darden Virginia Essays 2016-2017    Darden Virginia Essay Tips >>

Darden Virginia Essay 1. Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to this feedback.  (500 words maximum) 

Darden Virginia Essay Optional Essay:  If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it. (250 words)

Darden Virginia Reapplicant Essay: If you applied during last year's application cycle, you will need to submit a new application. Please make sure you check the box that indicates you are a re-applicant in your application.

Darden Resume: Please prepare a business résumé (as opposed to an academic CV) that includes your employment history in reverse chronological order, with titles, dates and whether you worked part-time or full-time. As part of this résumé, also include a similar education history that includes dates and degrees, listed in reverse chronological order. The résumé should not be more than one page long.

Essay archives from past years

   

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

   

Darden Virginia Essays 2015-2016

Darden Virginia Essay 1. Describe the most important professional feedback you have received and how you responded to this feedback.  (500 words maximum) 

Darden Virginia Essay Optional Essay:  If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it. (250 words)

Darden Virginia Essays 2014-2015

Darden Virginia Essay 1: Describe the most courageous professional decision you have made or action you have taken. What did you learn from that experience? (500 words maximum)

Darden Virginia Essay 2: What is your short-term goal and why? What makes this goal a good fit for you? (200 words)

Darden Virginia Optional Essay: If there is further information you believe would be helpful to the Admission Committee, please provide it. (250 words)

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Darden Virginia Essay 1. Share your thought process as you encountered a challenging work situation or complex problem. How did this experience change your perspective?. (500 words maximum)

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Darden Virginia Essay 1. Share your perspective on leadership in the workplace and describe how it has been shaped by the increasing influence of globalization. (500 words maximum)

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Darden Virginia Essay 1. The Darden MBA program expects students to actively participate in learning teams, the classroom, and the broader community. Please share one or two examples from your past experience that best illustrate(s) how you will contribute to this highly engaging and hands-on learning environment. (500 words)

Darden Virginia Essay 2. Please discuss how a global event that has taken place in the past two years has impacted the way you think about leadership broadly and personally. (500 words).

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Darden Virginia Essay 1. How have the changes in the global economy over the last 18 months affected you and your plan for the future? (400 words)

Darden Virginia Essay 2. What will you contribute to an MBA program and what are your personal and professional expectations of the program you attend? (600 words)

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Darden Virginia Essay 1. What pivotal choices have you made in your life that have influenced your decision to pursue an MBA? (500 words)

Darden Virginia Essay 2. From the following categories, describe the one that has taught you the most: a creative challenge, an ethical dilemma or an experience of failure. Why? (250 words)

Darden Virginia Essay 3. Describe how you are a fit with the case study method. (250 words)

Darden Virginia MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

Darden Virginia Darden-Fit Question: As you reflect upon your business school research process, what led you to see yourself as a fit with the Darden School? (150 word maximum)

Darden Virginia Essay 1. What matters to you most, both personally and professionally, and how does an MBA relate to these priorities? (500 word maximum)

Darden Virginia Essay 2. Please select one word that describes you from the set below and support your statement using concrete examples. Professionally I am: (a) an innovator. (b) a leader. (c) an entrepreneur. (300 word maximum)

Darden Virginia Essay 3. Please choose one phrase that describes you from the set below and support your statement using concrete examples.
Professionally I am: (a) involved globally. (b) committed to diversity. (c) socially responsible. (300 word maximum)

Darden Virginia Essay 4. (Optional) If there is further information that you believe would be helpful to the Admissions Committee, please provide it below. (250 word limit)

           
           
 

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