Darden MBA Essay Guide (2020 Entering Class)

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For the 2020 Entering Class, The Darden MBA Admission team has discontinued one short-essay and included an essay on diversity with a total word count of 705 words.

Essay #1: Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)


Essay #2: Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture. The University promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives, and disciplines. When people of different backgrounds come together, they exchange ideas, question assumptions (including their own), and broaden the horizons for us all. 

A University of Virginia community rich in diversity affords every member equal respect and provides a forum for understanding our differences as well as our commonalities. Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community, or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview. (200 words)

Essay #3: Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you - personal, professional or both. (100 words)


Essay #4: What is your short-term, post-MBA career goal and why? (150 words)

Essay #5: Each year, Darden connects with over 80 countries. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel? (5 words). And why? (50 words)


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If you don't know how to write the 5 Essays, we have shared 14 Sample Essays

Sample Darden MBA Essay – Meaningful IMPACT (Friend’s Restaurant Business) (196 Words) 
 
Sample Darden MBA Essay – Meaningful IMPACT (Fear-based to team-based culture) (199 Words)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Life Experience) (191 Words)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Courage)(199 Words)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – Different Perspective and IMPACT on worldview (Team Diversity and Attitude Towards Controversial Opinions) (193 Words)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Near Death Experience)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (99 Words) (Networking and Job Offer at an Unlikely place)

Sample Darden MBA Essay – About yourself Personal, Professional or Both (100 Words) (Mountaineering)

Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (150 words) (Technology to Consulting)

Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (150 words) (Product Management)

Sample Darden MBA Essay: Short-term Post-MBA career goal (149 words) (Investment Banking to Private Equity)

Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (47 Words) (Uganda)

Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (49 Words) (Sweden)

Sample Essay – Where you want to go with Darden (48 Words) (China)

If your essay looks too bland, Darden MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to use storytelling to create an engaging narrative.


We show how to use emotional connectors, use journey narration, and struggles to connect with the reviewer.

We also demonstrate the power of Active Verbs, Vividness, and Chronology to keep the reader on edge.

If you are facing a writer's block
or don’t feel confident to write an essay, Darden MBA Essay Guide will give you tips on silencing the analytical mind.

If you feel that your Essays are not persuasive
, Darden MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points, and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Darden MBA Essay Guide includes tips on highlighting secondary leadership traits like Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, and Self-awareness to prove your potential.

If you don't know how to review your essays, Darden MBA Essay Guide includes an exhaustive list of Editing and Reviewing tips, with special emphasis on removing review biases.

Book Details

Page Length: 267
Entering Class: 2020

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"Darden MBA Essay Guide did more for my writing than any courses or YouTube videos. The storytelling is clear and precise in the many sample essays the team has included. Must read if your are applying to Darden" - Verified Purchase

"If you want to torture yourself, try writing the 'About yourself' essay. I sat on my desk writing about my school routines, first breakup and the fights. None of the revelation is necessary. A balanced approach to presenting oneself is the only authentic way to write the essays. The chapters on leadership, storytelling and the 3 sample About yourself essays in the essay guide broke the mystery of the writing process" -
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"I haven’t done much writing in the past couple of years as programming doesn't require thinking in prose, but reading this book inspired me to narrate events, connect stories, frame life philosophy and match Darden to my journey. Loved the essay guide. " - Verified Purchase