Visiting Darden

  • We welcome all prospective students to visit the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Grounds! When you attend a Darden event, you have the opportunity to talk to admissions representatives, meet members of our diverse student community and tour the Darden Grounds.

    Can’t visit Darden? Take a virtual tour or check out our Events & Receptions page to learn more about Darden event around the world.

    Learn more about the different visit options below.

  • Overview

    Class Visit Days

    The case method's success stems from the diverse range of backgrounds and views in the classroom. Class visits are a great way to experience the case method firsthand and to get to know Darden students, faculty and staff.

    In addition to visiting a Darden class, you’ll have the opportunity to have lunch with current students; meet members of Darden’s faculty, career development, entrepreneurship and financial aid offices; and tour the Darden Grounds.

    Class visit days are offered during the academic year while class is in session. Learn more about class visit day activities and registration.


    Open Houses

    Darden offers several Open Houses throughout the fall to help you learn more about the School. Each event includes a full day of programming meant to give you the opportunity to assess your fit with Darden.

    A typical Open House begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:15 p.m.

    Open Houses include:

    • Optional dinner with students the evening before the Open House
    • Welcome from Darden School leadership
    • Class visit
    • Career Development Center presentation
    • Admissions and Financial Aid panel
    • Lunch with student club leaders
    • Tour of the Darden Grounds
    • Faculty "Hot Topic" discussion
    • Optional tour of the UVA Darden iLab
    • Optional office hours with student career coaches

    When you arrive on the day of the Open House, you will receive a personalized agenda with your class visit time. Partners are welcome to attend the Open Houses but will not be able to attend the class visit portion of the day.

    Attire: business casual

    We will post our Fall 2015 Open House schedule in late summer.

    Fridays in July

    Every July, the Admissions Office hosts visitors to the Darden Grounds on several Fridays in July. You'll meet in Saunders Hall for lunch with the Admissions team, take a tour of the Darden Grounds and have the opportunity to speak with Admissions Committee members, students and faculty. Leave your suit at home and spend an afternoon learning more about the Darden experience from members of our community.

    To register for the 2015 Fridays in July, please visit the following links:

    Friday, 10 July 2015
    Friday, 17 July 2015
    Friday, 31 July 2015

    Class Visit Days

    The case method's success stems from the diverse range of backgrounds and views in the classroom. Class visits are a great way to experience the case method firsthand and to get to know Darden students, faculty and staff.

    If you have already submitted an application to Darden in Round 2, please wait to schedule a class visit until you have been invited to interview.

    Class Visit Registration

    Registration for class visits is now available through 22 April:

    View the Class Visit Calendar and Register Today

    Visit Day Activities

    Lunch & Tour

    A lunch and tour of the Darden Grounds with Second Year students is offered on days that class visits are available. Please let the visitation coordinator know that you would like to attend the lunch and tour when you check in on the day of the class visit. If you are not coming for a class visit and would like to know if a lunch and tour is available on the day of your visit, please email admissionscoordinator@darden.virginia.edu.

    Meet With Darden Staff & Faculty

    Schedule a meeting with one or more of the following departments or Centers of Excellence by contacting them directly. Please introduce yourself as a prospective student when contacting staff and/or faculty member and try to set up the meetings well in advance of your visit.

    • Financial Aid

      If you have any questions about financial aid that were not answered on the Financial Aid website, please contact financialaid@darden.virginia.edu for more information.

    • Darden Faculty

      Darden faculty members are known for their high-level involvement with students. During your class visit, you will have the opportunity to meet a professor after the class. A full listing of Darden faculty is available.

    • Entrepreneurship and Innovation

      Are you interested in starting your own company? Contact batten@darden.virginia.edu to learn more about the many entrepreneurship opportunities and resources available to MBA students.

    • Darden Center for Global Initiatives

      Contact dag@darden.virginia.edu at the Darden Center for Global Initiatives to learn more about the center's many programs and opportunities.

    ACTIVITIES FOR PARTNERS

    Your partner (significant other) is welcome to join you on your visit to Darden. Due to limited space, however, we kindly ask partners to refrain from attending the class visit. For information on the Darden Partners Association (DPA) and contact information for current members, please visit the Darden Partners Association website. The DPA helps new members make a smooth transition to Charlottesville and business school life through hospitality, job networking, family resources, community service and social events.

    TAKE A TOUR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA GROUNDS

    Learn more about the University of Virginia by taking a tour of the Rotunda and the Lawn.

    EXPLORE CHARLOTTESVILLE

    Recently ranked as the best place to live in America, Charlottesville offers the comfort of a small town, but with the culture and amenities of a much larger city. Recommended activities:

    SAMPLE VISIT DAY SCHEDULES

    View sample schedules for your visit to Darden.

    Visit Resources

    Directions & Transportation

    View maps, driving directions and transportation options on the Directions & Transportation page.

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Learn more about what to do in Charlottesville during your visit by reviewing our Charlottesville webpage.

    Inn at Darden

    The Inn at Darden is a full-service hotel right on the Darden Grounds. It is a great place to stay during your visit to Charlottesville, Virginia. Interviewing applicants may be eligible for a reduced room rate. Please call +1-434-243-5000 to make your reservation and mention that you are coming to Darden to interview.

    Darden Virtual Tour App

    Download the UVA Darden Virtual Tour app for the iPhone or Android. Explore the Darden Grounds and take a tour of our classrooms, student common areas, i.Lab for entrepreneurship, dining areas and more. The app also includes videos describing student life and 360° panoramic photos of the Darden Grounds.