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Darden Graduate School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce

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Darden Graduate School of Business and McIntire School of Commerce

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. When classes began, only 123 students were enrolled, but UVA grew quickly: By 1904, the school had 500 students, and in 1926, there were 2,450. Today the school has 21,000 students. In 1987, its grounds in Charlottesville were granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although one woman received a mathematics certificate in 1893, having women at the school was frowned upon, and they weren't granted official admittance until 1920, when women older than 20 were permitted to enroll in graduate programs. The first female undergraduates were enrolled in 1970. The school's first black graduate completed a doctorate in education in 1953.

One year later, the Darden School of Business opened its doors for full-time MBA candidates. The PhD program was introduced in 1965, and in 2006 the school introduced its executive MBA program. Darden now has 765 students, 644 of whom are full-time degree candidates. Darden has one of the most heavily case-based curriculums among top business schools—70% of teaching is done using case studies. Teamwork is also a tradition at Darden, which has been holding the First Coffee—an informal get-together after the first class of each day—since the school opened.

The McIntire School of Commerce was founded in1921, thanks to a gift from investor and philanthropist Paul Goodloe McIntire. Today the school has 647 undergraduate students, as well as 316 graduate students working towards master's degrees in accounting, information technology management, and commerce. In 2008, after 30 months of construction, McIntire moved to its new home in Rouss and Robertson Halls.

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