Located in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, Darden is known for using the case method to teach all of its courses. With a broad focus on general management and small class size, Darden is seeking MBAs who can actively debate and take positions on real world issues.


Case Method

Darden uses the case method to teach its classes. While at Darden you’ll be exposed to over 500 cases and spend a great deal of time with your 5-6 person learning team discussing actual business problems and solutions. Get ready for some healthy debates.

Capstone Business Experiences (GBE)

A new program that started in 2011, this is now a part of the first year core curriculum. Student teams work together to create mini-organizations, complete with a business idea, organizational structure, marketing strategy, sales, and accounting. This hands-on program allows students to put their core curriculum knowledge into practice.

Global Business Experiences (GBE)

During Spring Break, first and second year students travel to foreign countries to take classes at partner schools, visit companies, and meet with top foreign leaders.

Darden Business Projects

An optional program for 2nd year students to devote 60-180 hours to either a consulting, venturing (i.e. your own idea), or case development project (i.e. you write a case for use in the MBA curriculum).


  • Source Rank
  • US News & World Report 10
  • Businessweek 20
  • Financial Times 32
  • Forbes 15
  • The Economist 3
  • Wall Street Journal NA
  • Admissionado 13


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Top Recruiters IBM, Bain, Deloitte, A.T. Kearney, Booz, BCG, General Mills, Bank of America.

Important Dates

EA: 9/3/19
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3

Admissionado Tips

Think Globally

For Darden’s application there is only ONE question this year, which is about leadership in a global context. Talk specifically about your leadership experience and make sure it is a real example of leadership. The more international exposure you have the better.

Why Case Method?

Make sure that you understand how the case method works, and your reasons for wanting to learn through the case method. The entire curriculum is taught via case method, so definitely mention it in your essays.

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