Students Rate UVA Darden No. 1 for Inspiring, Supportive Professors

By Dave Hendrick

A survey of graduating students of full-time MBA programs ranks the University of Virginia Darden School of Business No. 1 in a familiar category: teaching.

According to newly released student satisfaction ratings from Bloomberg Businessweek, Darden students rated the full-time MBA with a perfect 100 score in response to the prompt, “My Instructors Were Inspiring and Supportive.”

The rating is based on surveys of more than 10,000 students in the Class of 2018 at 126 schools.

High intellectual and emotional engagement with faculty members is a hallmark of the Darden School, and the School’s professors routinely rank as the best in graduate business education. The Princeton Review has named Darden No. 1 for Best Professors two years in a row and Darden also placed No. 1 for Student Rating of Faculty in The Economist’s Which MBA? 2018 ranking.

In May, Darden received a $68 million gift — the largest in School history — from Frank M. Sands Sr. (MBA ’63), which will allow the School to build on its legacy of teaching excellence through the construction of a new institute for lifelong learning and formation of a new $35 million fund that will endow 12 new faculty chairs, among other uses intended to further a culture of lifelong learning.

In the Bloomberg Businessweek survey, Darden also ranked in the Top 10 in the categories “My Education Inspired Me to Pursue an Ethical Career” (No. 7) and “Courses Were Taught By the Right Mixture of Academics and Business Professionals” (No. 9).

Students and alumni often rate Darden among the top business schools in satisfaction surveys. In Forbes latest rankings, Darden alumni ranked No. 1 for satisfaction with their MBA education.

In rankings released in late 2018, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Darden School No. 9 globally in its annual ranking of business schools. The ranking capped a year of strong placements, including The Economist naming Darden the No. 9 MBA program in the world and the No. 1 education experience for the eighth consecutive year.

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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