UVA Darden Climbs Into Top 5 in Bloomberg Businessweek Ranking

04 November 2019

By Dave Hendrick

The full-time MBA program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is ranked No. 5 in the United States in the new 2019 Best Business Schools ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek.

The ranking also places Darden No. 1 in the U.S. among public universities.

“We’re pleased to be recognized as one of the Top 5 MBA programs in this new ranking,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “Students and alumni are clearly having overwhelmingly positive experiences, achieving an unparalleled depth of learning and securing the careers they want. We have incredible momentum.”

In addition to the overall ranking, Darden showed strength in multiple subrankings. The School is ranked No. 2 in the category of Learning and No. 4 in the category of Networking.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking is based on a combination of alumni, student and employer surveys and career outcomes data provided by the School.

The rankings also include information about each school’s climate. At Darden, the climate for women; racial, religious and ethnic minorities; people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; international students; people with disabilities; and people of all socioeconomic backgrounds were rated “mostly positive” or “extremely positive” by the overwhelming majority of respondents.

The data also includes anonymous survey comments from alumni and students regarding “what’s best about this MBA program.”

Said one respondent: “The quality of the professors, the engaging education content through the case method and the collaborative environment. Truly unparalleled!”

The previous year, in the 2018 ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Darden No. 9 in the U.S. and the world. Bloomberg Businessweek plans to release its global ranking of business schools in early December.

In 2018, Bloomberg Businessweek released data points from its rankings surveys throughout the year, and Darden scored at or near the top in categories related to teaching, student satisfaction and the alumni network.

The latest ranking comes less than a week after The Economist named the School the No. 1 education experience in the U.S. for the ninth 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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