Darden Rises to Top 10 in Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

15 November 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek released today its biennial ranking of “The Best B-Schools.” The University of Virginia Darden School of Business rose one place in the ranking of U.S. business schools to No. 10.

The magazine announced the results of its ranking on a live chat.

Bloomberg Businessweek stated that its ranking of full-time MBA programs “judges business schools on how well they serve their two main constituencies: students and corporate recruiters.” The survey is based on three elements: a poll of newly minted MBAs; a poll of corporate recruiters on the quality of graduates; and an evaluation of faculty research output.

Of the business schools in the Top 10, Darden is rated the highest for faculty. The magazine describes the attributes of top faculty as: “a compelling classroom presence, an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject, easy availability after class and a research record second to none.”

Darden also received the second highest score among Top 10 business schools in the survey of students. In Bloomberg Businessweek’s “graded” categories, Darden received all “A’s”: an “A+” in career services, teaching quality, critical thinking and leadership skills and an “A” in caliber of classmates.

“We at the Darden School of Business strive to offer the world’s best educational experience,” said Darden Dean Bob Bruner, “and we are gratified when our stakeholders — including students, alumni and corporations — publicly express their satisfaction with the Darden experience.”

Darden’s recruiter ranking — the quality of graduates as reported by recruiters — improved from 16th to ninth in 2012, and the School’ s overall index in the ranking rose from 81 to 89.4.

The magazine’s Top 10 U.S. business schools for 2012 are:

1. Chicago (Booth)
2. Harvard
3. Pennsylvania (Wharton)
4. Stanford
5. Northwestern (Kellogg)
6. Duke (Fuqua)
7. Cornell (Johnson)
8. Michigan (Ross)
9. MIT (Sloan)
10. Virginia (Darden)

Bloomberg Television will report live tomorrow from the Darden School of Business, as the exclusive broadcaster of the fifth annual University of Virginia Investing Conference, “After the Election: Realities, Opportunities and Challenges for Investors,” which will take place at Darden 15–16 November.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business prepares responsible global leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences. Darden’s graduate degree programs (MBA, MSBA and Ph.D.) and Executive Education & Lifelong Learning programs offered by the Darden School Foundation set the stage for a lifetime of career advancement and impact. Darden’s top-ranked faculty, renowned for teaching excellence, inspires and shapes modern business leadership worldwide through research, thought leadership and business publishing. Darden has Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Washington, D.C., area and a global community that includes 18,000 alumni in 90 countries. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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