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Consortium Application Process

The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is to enhance diversity in business education and leadership by helping to reduce the serious underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in both our member schools’ enrollment, and the ranks of management.

Darden is proud to be a member school of the Consortium. The value offered in an alliance with the Consortium aligns with Darden’s mission to improve the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge. We believe that a diverse community helps broaden understanding and elevate performance. Responsible leaders understand this by helping to foster diversity in their organizations.



Consortium Liason Sophie Eckrich (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Austin, TX, ya'll!

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Undergraduate Major: Sociology, Social Entrepreneurship & International Development

Pre-MBA Industry/Functional Area: Entrepreneurship, fashion, sustainability

Areas of Career Interest: Consulting, Strategy 

Darden Clubs and Leadership: VP Academics, Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND); VP Admissions, Consulting Club; Liaison, Darden Consortium

Why Darden? A community of thoughtful, driven, and incredible humans who are there to support each other through every step of this journey, set in the most beautiful and peaceful town of Charlottesville, VA!

Learn more about Sophie's entrepreneurial background in this Discover Darden post, Darden Student ‘Builds Bridges, Not Borders’ with Artisan Footwear


Consortium Liason Kathleen Llontop (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Washington, D.C. (or wherever my family happens to be!)

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Pre-MBA Industry/Functional Area: Federal Litigation Support Consulting

Areas of Career Interest: Consulting, General Management & Operation, and Technology 

Darden Clubs and Leadership: VP of Events and Social, Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND); Liaison, Darden Consortium

Why Darden? As an inherent generalist looking for a breadth of skills and knowledge, Darden’s general MBA education – with the opportunity for a future concentration in business analytics – was the perfect choice for me. Moreover, I believed the case method to be a critical component to achieving my maximum personal and professional growth, which has also proven to be true over the past year.

Darden Consortium Information Session (Recorded August 2020):

  • Eligibility and Application Criteria

    Where can I find details on eligibility and application criteria?

    Please visit the Consortium website. Darden welcomes all Consortium applicants who meet the mission and application requirements for the Consortium.


    If I plan to apply through the Consortium, will my Darden test waiver apply - therefore exempting me from the Consortium's test requirement?

    You are able to apply directly to the Consortium if you received a test waiver from Darden. Once you receive that test waiver confirmation, please share that with the Consortium prior to the deadline so that they can process your application as ‘complete’ so that your application will be sent to Darden in a timely manner.

  • Darden Admissions and the Consortium Application Process

    The Consortium Interview

    Interviews will be conducted according to each school’s specific policy. Darden has an invitation-only admissions interview process. Upon review of applications, Darden will invite Consortium applicants to interview at Darden. Please follow the application deadlines section for timeline estimations for interviews.


    Consortium Events

    We host a variety of on-grounds events throughout the fall, including an annual Diversity Conference. During these sessions, attendees have the opportunity to connect with current students, faculty and staff and explore life in Charlottesville. Each of our Fall Open House events includes a session to address Consortium topics and questions related to applying to Darden. You also have the opportunity to meet students in our Affinity Clubs over dinner and attend a social gathering hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

    In addition, Darden will have admissions and/or alumni representation at all of the Consortium MAPS events, as well as some of the other Consortium events held throughout the country during the summer and fall.


    Consortium Application Deadlines

    Darden accepts and reviews all Consortium applications that meet the Consortium application deadlines. The Darden Office of Admissions will determine each year the review timeline and decision deadlines that the Consortium applications will follow once received. This information will be posted in our application deadlines section. Membership notification will come directly from the Consortium. Fellowship notification will come directly from the Darden School Foundation and will occur after the Membership and Selection Committee meeting in early March.

    Access the Consortium application.


    Consortium Fellowships

    Candidates who apply to Darden through the Consortium that are admitted compete for full tuition fellowships. The Darden School Foundation Scholarship Committee awards several fellowships each year. Learn more about Darden’s fellowships and scholarships.


    Consortium Application FAQs

    The Consortium put together a Frequently Asked Questions PDF to help answer questions about the Consortium application process.

  • Consortium Membership at Darden

    The Orientation Program

    Once a Consortium admitted applicant’s deposit has been received by the Office of Admissions, notification of and preparation for the Consortium’s Orientation Program (scheduled in late spring or early summer) will begin immediately. Admitted students are invited and expected to fully participate in the Orientation Program as well as all the preparation activities offered through Darden.


    Community Engagement and Leadership

    Darden’s Consortium students are very active and engaged within the Darden, UVA and Charlottesville communities. They participate in a variety of clubs, organize events and volunteer their time to give back to the School as well as the Consortium. Whether leading from where they are or in an official capacity, Consortium students are expected to be leaders in the community.

    Darden students represent national organizations as well. Darden has student members and scholars representing the Forté Foundation, the National Black MBA Association, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs and the Toigo Foundation to name a few.



    Darden Consortium alumni remain connected with Darden in a variety of ways. Alumni support the School and the students by serving as support resources for students, attending events at Darden throughout the year, supporting the alumni chapters in their home cities and representing Darden at partner and recruiting events.