Visiting Darden

Darden School of Business Flagler CourtWe 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.

Please see below for suggestions on what to do during your time here and for information on how to schedule a visit.

Class Visits

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 1, 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 8 December (the end of Term 3):

View the Class Visit Calendar and Register Today

Visit Day Activities

Lunch and 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 e-mail 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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

This year's events will conclude with a faculty-led discussion on some of Darden's unique areas of focus including Business in Society, Entrepreneurship, Women, Military and Diversity.

Open House Dates 

Prospective applicants are welcome to attend any one of these open houses and are encouraged to visit on the day that most closely aligns with their interests. Please click on the dates below for more information and to register.

Monday, 1 September 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Intersection of Business, Society and Government

Monday, 15 September 2014
Faculty Discussion: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Monday, 6 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: Women in Business

Monday, 13 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Military and the MBA

Friday, 17 October 2014
Faculty Discussion: The Importance of Diversity at Darden

While prospective students interested in all three formats of Darden's MBA program are welcome to register for any Open House, please note that the dates above are focused on the full-time MBA. For our executive MBA events, visit our MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives websites.

Open House Agenda

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

Can't Attend an Open House?

If you cannot visit for an open house, please consider attending a class visit to observe a case method class, have lunch with a current student and tour the Darden Grounds. Class visits occur throughout the school year while class is in session. Please click on the Class Visits section above to learn more.

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

Darden Virtual Tour AppDownload 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.

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.

Registration for the 2015 events will be posted in the late spring.

Can't Visit?

Take a virtual tour of the Darden Grounds:

Darden Virtual Tour

Or watch the Highlights of a Darden Case Study Class video:

 

Admissions representatives also travel to MBA forums and fairs during the fall and winter. Darden will host approximately 50 global prospective student receptions throughout this time. Information about these events will be posted on the Events & Receptions web page on an ongoing basis throughout the fall.

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