The Economist Ranks UVA Darden No. 1 Education Experience in US for Ninth Consecutive Year

02 November 2019

By Dave Hendrick

In its annual global ranking of full-time MBA programs, The Economist has named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business the No. 1 education experience in the United States for the ninth year in a row. For the second year in a row, Darden’s faculty earned the No. 1 student rating globally.

The ranking is part of the publication’s Which MBA? 2019 ranking of the Top 100 full-time international MBA programs.

In addition to the education experience accolade, Darden landed in the Top 10 in eight categories, with multiple No. 1 rankings. Highlights include:

No. 1 — Education Experience (U.S.); No. 2 globally

No. 1 — Student Rating of Faculty, for the third year in a row

No. 1 — Overseas Study, for the third year in a row

No. 1 — Number of Languages on Offer

No. 3 — Student Rating of Program, for the second year in a row

No. 4 — Personal Development and Education Experience

No. 6 — Student Rating of Culture and Classmates

No. 10 — Post-MBA Salary

Darden has received a number of superlative rankings over the course of the prior year, driven in part by career success and alumni satisfaction, including No. 3 for graduate compensation in U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 for inspiring, supportive instructors in Bloomberg Businessweek, among others.

The Economist ranking is based on a combination of school data (80 percent) and feedback surveys (20 percent) from 2018 MBA graduates and current students in the classes of 2019 and 2020. The survey ratings also include lag data from the prior two years. The ranking is driven by career opportunities, overall educational experience, salary outcomes and alumni network.

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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