Consulting

  • Each year, approximately one third of Darden MBA students participate in the highly-competitive consulting recruitment process. Darden's renowned case study method equips students with the data analysis, problem solving and communication skills necessary to thrive as a consultant, and each year, the world's top firms travel to Charlottesville to recruit this talent.

    In the following video, Marie Evers (MBA '15) shares how Darden's case method has prepared her for a career in consulting.


    29 percent of Darden students from the Class of 2015 reported accepted job offers in consulting. For specific statistics on starting salaries and signing bonuses, please see Darden's Employment Reports.


    Top Hiring Companies in 2015

    A.T. Kearney, Inc. Deloitte Consulting  Parthenon EY
    Accenture Everest Group PwC
    Bain & Company, Inc. inCode Consulting Strategy&
    Boston Consulting Group, Inc. (BCG)
    McKinsey & Company ZS Associates

    Clubs & Events

    Consulting Club

    The Consulting Club at Darden aims to provide its members with opportunities to meet and interact with leading consultants from top consulting companies around the world. The club arranges various networking events to enable students to interact with consultants in an informal atmosphere, to provide them with a better understanding of the industry, and to explore various career paths available to consultants throughout their careers.

    Consulting Conference

    The Consulting Club coordinates the Consulting Conference each fall, which serves as a prime networking opportunity during peak recruiting season. Conference activities typically include a networking dinner, keynote speakers and breakout sessions with top consulting firms.

    Case Challenges 

    Each year, Darden students participate in case challenges to gain first-hand experience in consulting engagements. In addition to giving students insight into the daily life of a consultant, these events are excellent networking opportunities.

    Community Consultants of Darden (CCoD)

    CCoD is an incorporated not-for-profit corporation founded in 1956 at the Darden School of Business. CCoD provides marketing, operational and strategic evaluation and planning services to visionary non-profit organizations and small businesses in the Charlottesville community.

    View the full list of Darden student organizations.


    Partner With Expert Career Advisors

    Darden's Career Development Center offers dedicated career advising for students interested in consulting and will provide one-on-one support through every stage of your job search. Our advisors have years of work experience with some of the world's top companies, including major consulting firms. 


    Student Perspective: Consulting Career Search at Darden

    In the following video, Paul Rhynard (Class of 2012) talks about the MBA career search process for students interested in consulting. He talks about the reasons consulting firms value Darden's general management focus, how the case method prepares students for careers in consulting, resources of the Darden Career Development Center and the Second Year coaches career mentoring program.


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