At UVA Darden, A ‘Crazy’ 364% Jump In Round 3 MBA Applications

The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business was among the first institutions to get out ahead of the calamity. Darden Dean Scott Beardsley was the first B-School dean to recognize that the pandemic and the recession it would cause would open the doors to a flood of new MBA candidates, some newly unemployed, others who saw their opportunities for advance scuttled by the downturn and the health crisis.

The school aggressively extended its round 3 application period by more than three months to July 15th. No less crucial, at a time when standardized test centers were closed down, the school agreed to accept undergraduate entrance exam scores on the SAT and ACT or LSAT, MCAT and Executive Assessment scores in lieu of a GMAT or GRE. Darden even agreed to chase down recommenders on behalf of

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