This Elite B-School Is The Latest To Offer Deferred MBA Admission

Future Year Scholar Lindsay Bralower joined Virginia Darden as a member of the Full-Time MBA Class of 2022. Darden photo

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has launched an application for a deferred MBA admissions program, known as the Future Year Scholars Program.

The program offers graduating undergraduate students who will graduate between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022 the opportunity to apply for admission to a future Darden full-time MBA class. Students who are in a full-time master’s degree program who have not held a post-bachelor’s degree full-time work position and will graduate during this timeframe are also eligible to apply.

If admitted, individuals complete two to five years of professional work experience before joining the Darden School.

First launched in 2016 as a way to encourage undergraduates to consider an MBA earlier in their career deliberation, the program has quickly become an important pipeline, connecting top students to the Darden MBA. The Class of 2022 — the first class to include Future Year students — includes four students who applied through the Future Year Scholars program, and the Class of 2023 includes 16 Future Year students.

Darden’s program puts it in the company of at least eight of the top 10 MBA programs in the United States that offer deferred MBA admission.

The five MBA students recognized as 2022 Siebel Scholars. From left to right: Christopher Stromeyer, Evan Mendez, Caroline Sohr, Andrew Hanna, and Marcia Austin. Stanford photos


Five second-year MBA students at Stanford Graduate School of Business, with experience in fields ranging from media and entertainment to private equity and government, have been named Siebel Scholars. The students join a network of leaders united by their commitment to tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems.

A Stanford GSB faculty committee selected the students — Marcia Austin, Andrew Leon Hanna, Evan Mendez, Caroline Sohr, and Christopher Stromeyer — for academic excellence and leadership qualities demonstrated during their first year.

Each year, the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation recognizes more than 90 top students at graduate schools around the world as Siebel Scholars, awarding them with $35,000 toward their final year of graduate studies. The scholars — who now number more than 1,600 — also serve as advisors to the foundation in its mission to make an impact through research, philanthropy, and technological breakthroughs.


The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-lettered fraternity for African-American men, and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business have announced a partnership aimed at supporting the professional advancement and leadership of African American men through graduate business education.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Mendoza will collaboratively support members seeking to develop as leaders through a business education. As part of the partnership, Mendoza will offer a designated fellowship program, waive application fees to its graduate programs including the Notre Dame MBA, waive fees for the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) and the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and provide test preparation programming, early access to Mendoza Graduate Business Career Development coaching and alumni mentoring.

“Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is excited to partner with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business,” says Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. General President Willis L. Lonzer III. “Our fraternity’s mission places strong emphasis on developing leaders, and thanks to partnerships like this one will provide our members educational opportunities that are key to furthering that development.”


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