Darden School of Business (University of Virginia)

City: Charlottesville
State: Virginia
Country: United States
Year Founded: 1955
Average GMAT: 717

About #

With such uncertain times, Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia is proud to help its students become leaders who call for catalyzing global business and welcome social transformation. Students are Darden are emerged in an academic environment which reflects the pressures and dynamics of the professional world. Making graduates of Darden strong candidates for their future careers who are comfortable navigating and creating change.

Featured Professors #

Geroge (Yiorgos) Allayannis

Professor Allayannis is the Robert F. Bruner Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at Darden. He specializes in Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Financial Institutions, FinTech, and International Finance. He has worked extensively both in the academic and professional fields, having worked as a director of Citigroup’s Global Financial Strategy Group in the Investment Banking Division from 2005 to 2007. He teaches numerous courses, including First-Year Finance and elective courses in valuation and financial institutions and markets. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. from New York University

Susan Chaplinsky

Professor Chaplilnsky is the Tipton R. Snavely Professor of Business Administration. She specializes in Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Capital Raising, Investment Banking, and Valuation. She is well-published, having her works appear in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business and Financial Management. She has worked at Northwestern University and Michigan Ross School of Business. Her Ph.D. is in business economics from the University of Chicago.

Rankings #

Financial Time 2021 Global MBA Ranking: #11

USNews – Best Business Schools: #13

QS Global MBA Rankings 2021: #51

MBA Program Brief Overview #

The full-time MBA program at Darden is 2 years in length. It emphasizes responsiveness in future leaders who can lead during uncertain times. Students learn using Case methods, where they receive the hands-on experience necessary to flourish under any situation. A core curriculum prepares students to take on the challenges of the program so that they can thrive in and outside of their studies.

Year One Description #

The first three quarters are comprised of the same courses so that all incoming students have similar baseline knowledge. These courses are all either case studies, simulations, or experiential exercises. During the first year, students are also given the opportunity to participate in various events which help them build their networks and grow their portfolios.

Fall semester Mandatory Classes

  • Leadership Communication
  • Global Economies and Markets
  • Financial Management and Policies
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Leading Organizations
  • Decision Analysis
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Thinking and Action

Year Two Description #

During their second year, students are given the opportunity to sharpen their skills and refine their interests. With an array of electives to choose from, the second year at Darden is designed to teach students how to manage in the world while navigating different cultures, global environments, and businesses.

Class of: 2022

Average GMAT: 703

Average GRE: 319

Costs #

VA Resident

Total Costs – $97,272

Tuition – $69,900

Health Insurance – $2,980

Room and Board – $18,176

Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/ Food) – $2,500

Fees – $1,900

Non-VA Resident

Total Costs – $100,272

Tuition – $72,600

Health Insurance – $2,980

Room and Board – $18,176

Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/ Food) – $2,500

Fees – $1,900


Total Costs – $101,356

Tuition – $72,800 

Health Insurance – $2,980

Room and Board – $18,176

Extra Expenses (ie. Transportation/ Food) – $5,500

Fees – $1,900


Program Length: 2 years

Total Enrollment: 404

Average Age: 27 years


Women – 39%

U.S. Minorities – 16%

International Students – 24%

Average GPA: 3.5

Average Work Experience: 5 years

Unique Aspects #

Global and Domestic Learning Opportunities

At Darden students are able to leave the classroom and experience the world. Both globally and domestically, students can learn Global and Domestic learning Opportunities: At Darden students are able to leave the classroom and experience the world. Both globally and domestically, students can learn and grow from unique experiences which strengthen their knowledge and build their connections. Globally, Students have access to 80 different countries where they can strengthen their knowledge of the international business. Various global experiences include Global Immersion Courses, Exchange Programs, Global Client Courses.

Consulting Darden Business Projects (DBPs)

DBPs give students the opportunity to work in groups of 3 to 6 to work with a corporate client in a real-world scenario.

During the DBPs, students will:

  • Develop a Business Plan
  • Perform Market Anaylsis
  • Create a financial Forecast
  • Working with a supervisor, the teams will present their final project to their client.

Student Life #

Students at Darden build their networks and grow their portfolios through a whole host of student-led clubs. These unique opportunities are perfect for students looking to branch out from their studies and integrate their passions with like-minded individuals. Darden can boast that it is the ONLY university UNESCO world heritage site in North America as well as being ranked the best place to live in the US by cities and rated. with over 100 miles of hiking trails and over 1000 live music events, it’s not hard to see why Darden is so well-loved by its student and faculty community.

Application Process #


During the application process, applicants may submit their unofficial transcript from each institution previously attended. Once an accepted candidate matriculates, they are expected to submit an official transcript.


Darden accepts GMAT, GRE, EA, MCAT; and LSAT scores. Applicants must submit all valid test scores.

Essay Description

Applicants must respond to one of two essay prompts. This falls under the topic of Leadership and Impact and Diversity and Inclusion.


One recommendation is required as part of the process. A recommender should be an individual who has experience with the individual in a professional setting and can speak to their strengths. Recommenders are required to answer the following questions: Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. How does the performance of the applicant compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response.


Resumes should be one page in length. Successful applicants submit resumes that highlight their leadership and positive impact.

Fee Description #


Traits to Emphasize Core Values

Impact Leadership


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