The MBA blog from University of Virginia Darden School of Business recently posted a few important reminders and clarifications for current and upcoming applicants.
Round one applications have already been reviewed, for the most part, but the admissions committee is still reading and conducting interviews either on campus or via Skype for international applicants. Darden will continue to extend interview invitations until the final decision release date coming up December 19, 2012.
If you do receive a request for an interview, the turn-around time between receiving the request and coming to Charlottesville is generally one to two weeks, though the school notes it can be somewhat flexible on timing.
Some MBA candidates planning to apply for the Round two deadline on January 9, 2013 have asked whether they can submit an optional essay, which many other programs allow. The admissions committee candidly admits they don’t want to read an extra essay, but do offer a section for additional comments that applicants may use should they feel the need to elaborate or clarify any issues.
If you do land on the waitlist, UV Darden asks that you keep in touch and provide updates if anything in your personal or professional life changes. The admissions committee will continue to review your application in subsequent rounds. Candidates should note that you can’t be placed on the waitlist without an interview.
Classes are already out of session, so UV Darden won’t be scheduling visits or open houses this month. Any R2 applicants who had hoped to make a school visit prior to hitting submit will have to wait until late January when classes are once again in session.
That doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck however, since current students are hosting a series of coffee chats in their hometowns around the world throughout December and January. This is a great way for prospective students to learn more about UV Darden straight from the source, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity if you find a student host near you!