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Visit Darden

At this time, UVA Darden is pausing all class visits. The University of Virginia is closely monitoring the emergence of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. For more resources and information, visit our dedicated webpage.

We welcome all prospective students to visit the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Grounds! When you attend a Darden event, you have the opportunity to talk to admissions representatives, meet members of our diverse student community and tour the Darden Grounds.

Can’t visit Darden? Take a virtual tour or check out our Events & Receptions page to learn more about Darden events around the world. 

Prospective Executive MBA students can view additional options to connect. 

Learn more about the different visit options below.

  • Class Visits

    Class visit opportunities are typically available between August and April. If you have submitted an application in Round 1, 2 or 3, we recommend that you wait to receive an invitation to interview before scheduling a class visit.

    Class visits are a great opportunity to learn and observe. If you would like to participate in a case discussion yourself, please check our event schedule to see if there is a Case Discussion & Networking Event in a city near you.

    Visit Day Activities 

    Lunch & Tour

    A lunch and tour of the Darden Grounds with Second Year students is offered on days that class visits are available. Please let us know that you would like to attend the lunch and tour when you check in on the day of the class visit.

    Meet with Darden Staff & Faculty

    Schedule a meeting with one or more of the following departments or Centers of Excellence by contacting them directly. Please introduce yourself as a prospective student when contacting staff and/or faculty member and try to set up the meetings well in advance of your visit.

    Activities for Partners

    Your partner (significant other) is welcome to join you on your visit to Darden. Due to limited space, however, we kindly ask partners to refrain from attending the class visit.

    For information on the Darden Partners Association (DPA) and contact information for current members, please visit the Darden Partners Association page. The DPA helps new members make a smooth transition to Charlottesville and business school life through hospitality, job networking, family resources, community service and social events.

    Take a Tour of the University of Virginia Grounds 

    Learn more about the University of Virginia by taking a tour of the Rotunda and the Lawn.

    Explore Charlottesville

    Recently ranked as the best place to live in America, Charlottesville offers the comfort of a small town, but with the culture and amenities of a much larger city. Recommended activities:

    Sample Visit Day Schedules 

    View sample schedules for your visit to Darden.

      • Darden Showcase Events

        Come experience the No. 1 education experience in the U.S. (The Economist, 2011-19) and No. 1 ranked faculty (The Princeton Review, 2017-19) first-hand by attending a Darden Showcase Event.

        These events provide an opportunity for prospective students to experience Darden's distinctive case method approach, tour the Darden Grounds, meet one-on-one with an Admissions Committee member and connect with current students.

        Activities include:

        • Breakfast & Coffee
        • Breakfast with Women in the Darden Community
        • Welcome from Darden Leadership
        • Case Discussion
        • Admissions Panel
        • Lunch with Current Students
        • Tour of the Darden Grounds
      • Visit Resources

        Directions & Transportation

        View maps, driving directions and transportation options on the Directions & Transportation page.

        Charlottesville, Virginia

        Learn more about what to do in Charlottesville during your visit by reviewing our Charlottesville webpage.

        Inn at Darden

        The Inn at Darden is a full-service hotel right on the Darden Grounds. It is a great place to stay during your visit to Charlottesville, Virginia.

        Interviewing applicants may be eligible for a reduced room rate. Please call +1-434-243-5000 to make your reservation and mention that you are coming to Darden to interview.

        Darden Virtual Tour App

        Download the UVA Darden Virtual Tour app for the iPhone or Android. Explore the Darden Grounds and take a tour of our classrooms, student common areas, i.Lab for entrepreneurship, dining areas and more. The app also includes videos describing student life and 360° panoramic photos of the Darden Grounds.

        You can also view our virtual tour here.