‘High Touch, High Tone, High Octane’: Publication Profiles UVA Darden Class of 2024

22 November 2022

By Dave Hendrick

The publication Poets & Quants recently profiled the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Full-Time MBA Class of 2024, a group of 349 students selected from near-record applications.

The Class set new academic records in a variety of metrics, with the highest average GMAT score in school history and a record number of students beginning their career with an advanced degree. The Class is also as global as ever, with 43 percent international students.

Poets & Quants offered a snapshot of the Class and the Darden curriculum and detailed what makes graduates so valuable to employers,

The MBA program has been called “high touch, high tone, high octane” – with its Socratic case methodology requiring intensive preparation to match unpredictable class discussions. You could also call the Darden approach ‘heavy analysis, heavy teamwork, heavy commitment.’ Here, students digest over 500 cases, honing a problem-solving and decision-making process through repetition and reflection. Every class, they wrestle with ambiguous situations, devising strategies and confronting alternative perspectives. Every class, they learn about new industries and functions. Every class, they are absorbing the best practices and painful lessons on situations ranging from transforming cultures to entering markets to building technology infrastructures.

To contribute at the Darden School, you need to offer more than an opinion – you need to craft a plan…every time out. That makes casing the ultimate experiential learning platform, a means for turning learners into leaders and raw talents into refined practitioners.

The article also detailed the culture of service and mutual support infused throughout the Class. Read in-depth profiles of 10 members of the Class of 2024 as well as a Q&A with Senior Assistant Dean Dawna Clarke.

Application for the Full-Time MBA Class of 2025 is now live.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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David Hendrick
Associate Director, Editorial & Media Relations
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia