Darden MBA Essays for the Class of 2025

Darden MBA essays

Is the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business on your shortlist of target MBA programs? Then get ready to hit the ground running, because the full-time MBA application is now live! Here are the Darden MBA essays for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle.

Darden MBA Essays

This year, Darden asks only three short-answer essay questions. The Darden MBA essays give every student the opportunity to demonstrate his or her strengths and narrative. The essay questions are designed to help the Admissions committee gain a holistic view of the applicant, with a focus on leadership and relationship building; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and career goals.

  • Given that you will be forming lifelong connections with your classmates that extend beyond the classroom, what is important for your classmates to know about you that is not on your resumé? (200 words)
  • Please describe a tangible example that illuminates your experience promoting an inclusive environment and what you would bring to creating an inclusive global community at Darden. (300 words)
  • At this time how would you describe your short-term, post-MBA goal in terms of industry, function, geography, company size and/or mission and how does it align with the long-term vision you have for your career? (200 words)

Darden MBA essays

Darden Worldwide

Darden, which delivered in-person classes and learning throughout the 2021-22 academic year, plans to continue normal operations, complete with a full suite of Darden Worldwide Course opportunities, in the 2022–23 academic year. The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in the full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course.

Standardized Test Options and Waivers

A range of standardized test options will be accepted again this year, including GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and the Executive Assessment. These tests are all viewed equivalently by the admissions team. For applicants who would like to demonstrate their academic readiness without a standardized test, Darden Admissions will offer a standardized test waiver request process.

For those who would like to be considered, candidates will be asked to present strong alternate evidence to demonstrate their readiness through academic and professional accomplishments. More information regarding the standardized test waiver will be available in the coming weeks.

Darden MBA essays

For more information on applying, please visit the Darden School admissions site.  If you need guidance on your Darden MBA essays or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

With deadlines around the corner, you may be interested in the world-famous SBC Flight Test. Once a full set of application materials for your initial school have been drafted, but not finalized, the application will be sent to a former admissions committee member for a one-time review, adcomm style. You’ll have the benefit of a true admissions committee review while still having the ability to tinker and change.  You will receive written feedback within two business days after submitting.

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