• Apply Now. Start Later.

    Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program offers exceptional college students the opportunity to gain acceptance into one of the world’s top MBA programs before beginning their professional journey. Admitted scholars may choose to begin their MBA after gaining two, three, or four years of work experience.

    The application for the Future Year Scholars Program will be available at the beginning of January 2018. Students may choose to apply by 1 May 2018 or 1 August 2018.

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    Secure your spot for the future

    Apply during the final year of your undergraduate program. Students who are currently pursuing a 5th year master’s degree are also eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted in our May 2018 or August 2018 rounds.

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    As admitted scholars, you will have many opportunities to grow your network through engagement with our community, as well as an alumni mentor and individualized career support.

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    Choose to work for two, three or four years, gaining insight into the workplace and forming a foundation for your MBA experience.

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    Start the MBA program with a guaranteed scholarship in hand. All scholars will also be considered for additional scholarships and financial aid at the time of matriculation.

  • Why Apply?

    In addition to receiving an offer of admission to Darden before beginning their professional career, Future Year Scholars receive:

    • A $15,000 scholarship per year of study at Darden — a total of $30,000 for the two-year MBA program.
    • Individualized career support.
    • A personal alumni mentor.
    • Access to Darden’s student and alumni network, comprised of over 15,000 people spanning 90 countries around the world.
    • Networking opportunities with current students, faculty and alumni at Darden events.

    Our current Darden students look forward to answering any questions you may have about the Darden experience!

    Claire Good - MBA '18

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    2010, University of Virginia — B.S. Commerce, B.A. Spanish 

    "Before Darden, I worked at two advertising and communications agencies, helping clients build strong brands and deliver impactful messages. While I loved the work, I wanted to help companies solve broader business problems outside of marketing. I decided that pursuing an MBA would be the perfect way to transition into a strategy role, and learn about different areas of business."

    Percival Palomar - MBA '18

    Percival Palomar

    2007, University of Southern California — B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering

    "During my last few years in the Navy, my passion for the job started to wane. I decided that it was time to transition into the corporate world. As a veteran, I knew I had the ability and confidence to lead any team, but I lacked the technical knowledge necessary to be an effective business leader. I knew that pursuing an MBA would develop me into an all-around business leader. I ultimately chose Darden because of the people. You’d be hard-pressed to find any other institution where everyone is genuine and down-to-earth."

    Connect With Us

    If you have any questions about the Future Year Scholars Program or the admissions process, contact us at FutureYear@darden.virginia.edu.