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Values Create Value.

At the UVA Darden School of Business, we understand the world’s expectations of responsible business and leadership. With a diversity of degree and non-degree programs, bolstered by faculty research and ideas, we take a unique approach, forged from a place of purpose. 

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The University of Virginia: A Leader in Public Higher Education
Named for Virginia Governor Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr., the Darden School of Business opened its doors in 1955 as the graduate business school of the University of Virginia, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 and is one of the top public universities in the nation.   


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Darden: Putting the 'Global' in Global Business School
Accredited by the AACSB, Darden has campuses in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and field offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Shanghai, China. With courses, residencies and consulting projects offered in nearly 30 countries, Darden has a wide global reach.


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We're on a Mission.

The Darden School improves the world by inspiring responsible leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences.

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Darden Inspires Responsible Leaders Through Three Dimensions


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Get to Know Us. 

Our dean. After 26 years at McKinsey & Co., most recently serving on its Global Board of Directors, Scott C. Beardsley serves as Darden's ninth dean. Visit the Dean's Office.

Our faculty. Routinely recognized for their teaching excellence and curricular innovation as the best in the world, Darden's faculty leverages its commitment and connection to business for near-term impact. Go to the faculty directory.

Our leadership. Darden's School leadership and alumni volunteers work together to make the School the best it can be. Meet the leadership.


Game-Changing Research and Ideas

Darden's faculty provides actionable insights for modern global leaders who see an active and responsible role for business in society. Visit Darden Ideas to Action.

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