The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has announced it will forgo its traditional single long essay question this year, and instead will ask applicants to answer multiple short essays for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. The reason for the change? “We want to get to know all of the various facets of your background and personality,” the Darden admissions team explains.
Required Essay Questions
“Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personal, professional or both.”
“Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to go with Darden? And why?”
“Darden strives to identify and cultivate leaders who follow their purpose. At this stage, how would you describe your evolving leadership style and please provide an example.”
“Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact.”
“What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why?”
New MBA Scholarships at Darden
Earlier this month,the school also introduced new scholarships for top MBA students. Fundraising for scholarships at Darden has increased 700 percent over the past two years, and innovations to the school’s scholarship offerings include:
- The Batten Scholars Program: Sponsored by Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, this competitive program supports full- and partial-tuition scholarships for top students with interest and experience in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.
- New Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarships: Beginning in the 2018–19 academic year, the scholarship program will fund the course fees for all full-time students who participate in a Darden Worldwide Course.
- Madison and Monroe Scholarships: These prestigious scholarships will be awarded each year to top candidates.
- Darden Jefferson Fellowships Competition: Top candidates from around the globe will now have the opportunity to compete for a nomination for the prestigious Darden Jefferson Fellowship, directed by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. International candidates interested in the fellowship must apply in Darden’s Early Action round.
Applications will be reviewed by the Darden Admissions Committee and considered for nomination to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. U.S.-based candidates interested in the fellowship should apply Early Action or in Round 1.
For more information about all facets of the program, please visit the Darden MBA admissions website.