Darden School of Business Overview & Tour

Darden School of Business Overview & Tour

MARIEL FURLONG: Welcome to the
University of Virginia Darden School of Business video tour. My name is Mariel Furlong
and I’ll be your tour guide. To begin this tour,
I’d like to give a brief introduction
on the rich history and cultural attractions
of Charlottesville and the University. Next, I’ll walk you through the
Darden grounds, where you’ll hear about the traditions
of our tight knit community, our dynamic case method, and
our world-renowned faculty. Finally, we’ll
finish up your tour with suggestions on how to
learn more about the Darden MBA. So sit back, relax, and
get ready to be immersed in the Darden experience. Charlottesville is a small
city located about two hours from the United States
capitol, Washington, DC. Nestled in the foothills
of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia wine
country, Charlottesville attracts millions of
visitors each year. You’ll never find a
shortage of activities in Charlottesville, home of
the Virginia Film Festival. The downtown district
alone has over 50 locally owned restaurants
and several music venues and theaters. Historic destinations
include the homes of presidents Thomas Jefferson,
James Madison, and James Monroe, and, of course,
the University of Virginia. The University of
Virginia is consistently ranked among the top two public
universities in the United States. Founded in 1819 by
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration
of Independence, UVA is the only university to
be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our division one
athletic program has been a member of
the ACC since 1953. We’ve won over 100
Atlantic Coast Conference titles, multiple
NCAA championships, and sent 12 representatives to
the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Most UVA sporting events
are free to Darden students. The Darden School of
Business was founded in 1954 by Colgate Whitehead
Darden, Junior, who served the Commonwealth,
and the nation, as the Governor of Virginia, a
US Congressman, and President of the University of Virginia. Consistent with UVA’s
mission, the Darden School seeks to develop leaders
who improve society, through an integrated approach
to management education. Darden has three formats of
the MBA– a full time MBA, an MBA for executives,
or EMBA, and a global MBA for executives, GEMBA, as
well as executive education and Ph.D. programs. We’ll begin our tour
of the Darden grounds at Saunders Hall, the heart
of Darden student life. Saunders houses
the PepsiCo forum, where first coffee is held
at 9:30 every morning. One of many traditions that
binds are tight knit community together, first coffee is a time
for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to
build camaraderie, make announcements, award
special recognition, or just to catch up. Also in Saunders Hall, the
south lounge piano room provides plenty of space for
students to meet and study. Next is Cafe 67, one of two
dining options at Darden. Cafe 67 has a variety of
sandwiches, salads, and soups to choose from and
is the perfect place to grab lunch for
someone on the go. It is also a popular
place for people to meet about classwork or recruiting. If you go around
lunchtime, you’ll see a lot of people gathering
together at the tables. Flag Hallway connects Saunders
Hall to the classroom building. Over 30 30% Darden’s MBA
class is international and each year, the flags
are updated to reflect the country’s students
in each class are from. The international perspective is
an important part of the Darden learning experience and we have
plenty of global opportunities available for students
to pursue at Darden, including a global
MBA for executives, designed for executives who plan
to work while earning an MBA and have or aspire to
have responsibilities across multiple
continents and cultures. All three of our
MBA formats can also take advantage of global
business experiences, or GBEs, where students spend
a week in foreign countries, taking classes, visiting or
consulting with companies, and meeting with prominent
business and political leaders. Let’s talk more about academics. Darden has numerous state
of the art classrooms where the case
method of learning is played out every day. Instead of attending
lectures, students analyze cases from
different industries and functional areas,
discuss them as a group, and come up with solutions,
all while taking into account their classmates’
different perspectives. By learning through
the case method, students learn from
each other as much as they do from their
professors and are prepared to analyze real
business problems before they even graduate. Also in the classroom building
are learning team rooms. Each first year
student is placed in a learning team,
comprised of individuals from different
professional, geographical, and cultural backgrounds. Darden students are committed
to working with their learning teams to ensure that
everyone in the group is prepared to participate
in class discussions, resulting in a
perspective that is more thorough than if students
were working individually. Outside the
classroom building is Flagler Court, home of the
Jones Fountain and the Thomas Jefferson statue. This outdoor space is used
for many social events, such as first coffee,
music and entertainment, and the International
Food Festival. Darden Cold Calls is another
tradition usually held in Flagler Court
almost every week, where students and
their families, as well as the
faculty and staff, gather for food,
beer, and good times. Flagler Court is also
one of the many spaces that Darden student
organizations can utilize for their events. Darden has over 40
student run organizations, ranging from career focused
clubs to help students network and learn more about careers
in areas like consulting, entrepreneurship, and
general management to social and outreach
clubs, like the Graduate Women in Business Club and the
Darden Military Association. I’m involved in the
Consulting Club, Net Impact, and the Outdoors Club. Adjacent to Flagler Court is
the faculty office building. Our faculty is consistently
ranked in the top 10 by Financial Times
and Princeton Review, which is no surprise given
their focus on teaching. The faculty has an
open door policy that allows students to
drop in whenever they want, no appointment necessary. I’ve taken advantage
of this many times. On the other side
of Saunders Hall is the Abbott Center, home of
the Abbott Center Dining Room. More formal than Cafe
67, the main dining room seats 160 people
and is surrounded by six smaller, private
dining rooms that can seat 20 to 50 guests. EMBA and GEMBA
students frequently eat here during
their residencies and all students have the
option of reserving tables to meet with their
peers, faculty, or guests of the school. Also in the Abbott Center
is the Abbott Auditorium, where events are held for
distinguished speakers, special events, and classes. The Wilkinson Court
connects the Abbott Center to Camp Library and the
student services building. Camp Library provides a
relaxing space to do your work. Students often come
here to read their cases or research one of the
hundreds of companies that recruit on grounds. The student services
building is home to the career development
center, the admissions office, and the financial aid office. These departments provide
valuable services to students, from before they apply
to after they graduate, including lifelong alumni
career services, free of charge, something almost unheard
of in top business schools. The Darden parking garage
is located right next to the school. With 500 spaces, there’s plenty
of room for students, faculty and staff to park
throughout the year. As you head away from
grounds, on your left is the gatehouse and
the Inn at Darden. Students in our EMBA and GEMBA
formats and visiting executives in our executive education
program stay at the Inn during their residencies. The Inn has 180 lodging options,
each featuring traditional Jeffersonian decor,
complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, a microwave, and a mini fridge. Guests can take advantage
of 24 hour service from the front desk and a
complimentary continental breakfast. In addition, this
building is also home to the Darden Exchange
Bookstore and the Executive Pub, a great place for
executive students to unwind after a
busy day of classes. All Darden students have access
to five university owned gyms, including the North
Grounds Recreation Center, located adjacent to Darden. The gym houses two basketball
courts, cardiovascular and strength training equipment,
three handball and racquetball courts, two multi-purpose
and group exercise rooms, and locker rooms with showers. The building was
renovated in 2013 and expanded to include an
Olympic sized pool and squash courts. Darden’s case study method,
world’s best MBA teaching faculty, and tight
knit community continue to make
us one of the top ranked business
schools in the world. Our alumni network has
over 15,000 professionals in 90 different countries. It’s no surprise that
The Economist ranked us number one in
student experience, and we are among the
top 10 business schools, according to Bloomberg
Business Week. Darden develops students
into complete leaders who are ready to lead at
any stage of their career. We encourage you to take the
time to visit Darden yourself. You can sit in on a class, have
lunch with current students, and speak to an
admissions representative. To learn more about the
Darden MBA and other visit opportunities, go to our website
at www.darden.virginia.edu. We hope to see you soon.

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  1. One of my many Schools of Business that was so enjoyed by myself and other awesome global students of who I am proud to have studied with. Thank You Po6ept

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