Darden teaches using the case method. All first-year students are placed into 60-65-person sections, which take classes together and compete against other sections in everything from bowling to canned-food drives.
Students also get a chance to get out of the classroom with Darden Business Projects, which put groups of 3 to 6 students on a real-world consulting project for partner companies. Students also get credit for Darden Venturing Projects, a program that promotes student startups.
Scott Beardsley took the helm as Darden's ninth dean in 2015 after 26 years at McKinsey & Company. The consulting firm remains one of the school's top employers for graduates.