Darden School of Business

Last updated on November 26th, 2018

Darden School of Business is listed as one of the best B-schools to pursue an MBA at.

It offers several courses such as the executive MBA, Ph.D, and an MBA. It has a tight knit community with some of the world’s leading research to its credit. Darden follows a different approach to education by blending the case study method and research.

Founded in 1954, Darden was named after Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr., then Governor of Virginia. Darden is the B-school division of the University of Virginia and is located in Virginia, U.S.A.

  • Facts and Figures

The Darden School of Business – An Overview

Rank 12
Program Duration 2 Years
Class Size 326
Average GMAT Score 713
Program Cost $90,663

Source:  http://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/community/class-profile/

  • Recruitment at Darden School of Business

Consulting tops the list in terms of compensation at Darden. Take a look at the other industries and their respective compensations:

Industry Average Salary (USD)
Consulting 137,039
Consumer Packaged Goods 102,632
Energy 111,400
Financial Services 119,215
Government 90,374
Manufacturing 107,642
Non-Profit/Education 101,250
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care 95,000
Real Estate 106,667
Technology 113,005

Source:  http://www.darden.virginia.edu/uploadedFiles/Darden_Web/Content/Rec_Co/Hire_an_MBA/Employment_Report_15-16.pdf

  • Apply to Darden Business School

The deadlines for the 2020 admissions at Darden have been announced. Mark your calendars for these dates:

Early Action – September 3rd, 2019

Round 1 – October 4th, 2019

Round 2 – January 6th, 2020

Round 3 – April 6th, 2020

Essay Topics 2018-19

For the 2019-20 application cycle, Darden has decided to forgo one long essay, and do multiple short essays. We want to get to know all of the various facets of your background and personality.

“Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about your – personal, professional or both.”
(100 words)

1. Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (100 words)

“Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?”
(50 words)

“Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example.”
(200 words)

“Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.”
(200 words)

“What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?”
(150 words)