Darden and Hampden-Sydney faculty look on as President Chris Howard (seated at right) and Darden Dean Robert Bruner sign the memorandum of agreement about preferred application status for our students.
On January 31, 2012, Hampden-Sydney College President Christopher B. Howard and Darden School Dean Robert F. Bruner signed a memorandum of understanding under which the President and Provost of Hampden-Sydney College may select up to five Hampden-Sydney alumni per year to receive preferred-application status to Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Prospective Darden MBA candidates from Hampden-Sydney may now enjoy an application-fee waiver, automatic advancement to the interview round, and guidance from the Darden admissions team.
Hampden-Sydney also has a similar agreement with Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In the agreement, Hampden-Sydney students are allowed during their junior year to apply to Duke’s one-year master’s of management studies program; four applicants chosen by the Provost and President of the College will have their application fees waived and automatically advance to the interview round.
In recent years, our students have been particularly successful in getting into well-regarded graduate schools. Many students have enrolled in the one-year graduate degree programs in commerce and accounting at the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School, as well as the master’s of accounting at the University of North Carolina.
Wake Forest University’s Babcock School of Business and The College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business have been actively recruiting on campus in recent years for their master’s in management and master’s in accounting, respectively.
As more Hampden-Sydney undergraduates enter prestigious business schools, the idea that a liberal arts curriculum is a solid foundation for business (which we have known for decades) gains more credence within graduate programs and the greater business environment.