Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

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Darden’s mission is to improve society by developing ethical business leaders, which it does with a rigorous and collaborative approach. The Darden philosophy emphasizes giving students the knowledge to succeed not only in school, but also in their careers, as managers and thought leaders.

Darden values having a diverse community, which you can see reflected in its student body. About a third of Darden’s students are international, and these students add an international perspective to class discussions. Darden furthers global business education by offering courses and case studies that address global needs. Also, the Darden faculty is a diverse, international group. To cap it off, Darden is connected with exchange programs with top MBA programs around the world – including a leadership residency in Beijing. Darden students also have the opportunity to participate in the Global Business Experience, which includes two-week trips abroad to study economic, cultural, political, and business affairs.

Darden is a good fit for those transitioning from the military. With Darden’s Military Consortium, the school is committed to recruiting veterans into its MBA program, and working with them to continue the development of the leadership skills they gained in the service. The school waives the application fee for service members who have been on active duty within the past three years.

Another of Darden’s trademarks is its integrated curriculum, which allows students to approach issues from the perspectives of different courses. The Darden faculty carefully coordinates the 10 required first-year courses for its students. These courses give students a firm foundation upon which to build in the second year, when business projects and electives take the integrated curriculum in a new direction.

Contact Information

Application Deadlines

Admission Essays

Admissions Criteria

Student Body

Contact Information

University of Virginia School of Business

100 Darden Boulevard

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone: (800) 883 – 6221

Email: darden@virginia.edu

Application Deadlines*

Deadline EARLY ACTION Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Application deadline Sep 03 Oct 04 Jan 06 Apr 06
Initial Notification* By Oct 17 Dec 12 Mar 20 Apr 26

* Deadlines are for the 2019-2020 application season.

Admissions Criteria

Average undergrad GPA: 3.5

Average GMAT: 718

Student Body

Total full-time enrollment: 335

Women: 38%

Minorities: 18%

International: 31%

Average age: 27