The Economist magazine has declared the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business offers the No. 1 education experience in the world – for the eighth consecutive year.
The ranking is part of the publication’s “Which MBA? 2018” global ranking of the Top 100 full-time international MBA programs.
The Economist named Darden’s full-time MBA program No. 9 in the world overall, an increase from No. 10 the prior year. Darden further received Top 10 rankings in graduates’ salary and student rating of faculty and alumni effectiveness, among other categories.
The Economist’s ranking takes into account a number of factors that are central to the Darden mission, including student and alumni experience, career advancement and a supportive alumni network.
Standout Darden rankings and ratings in the Which MBA? list include:
- No. 1 for “Education Experience.”
- No. 1 for “Student Rating of Faculty.”
- No. 1 for “Overseas Study Trips Score.”
- No. 3 for “Student Rating of Program.”
- No. 3 for “Student Rating of Culture and Classmates.”
- No. 3 for “Personal Development and Educational Experience.”
- No. 9 for “Student Rating of Alumni Effectiveness.”
- No. 10 for “Post-MBA Salary.”
“At Darden, we are intensely proud and fiercely protective of our unique student-centric culture and quality of the transformational classroom experience,” Dean Scott Beardsley said. “It is gratifying to earn the No. 1 ranking for education experience for the eighth straight year, as well as the No. 1 ratings for faculty quality and global study opportunities in other areas key to the Darden mission.”
One of Darden’s hallmarks is a supportive and diverse community that encourages its members to collaborate and excel, which helps create the school’s culture of mutual respect and positive intent. The transformative culture is reflected in the No. 3 global ranking for personal development and educational experience.