The Princeton Review Ranks UVA Darden No. 1 MBA for Best Professors for Third Straight Year
By Jay Hodgkins
The Princeton Review named the University of Virginia Darden School of Business among the top MBA programs in a number of key categories, including the No. 1 ranking for best professors. Among all MBA programs, Darden was one of only four business schools to have at least 10 Top 10 rankings across the ranked categories.
According to the Best Business Schools 2020 rankings of about 250 business schools, Darden is ranked in the Top 10 in the following categories:
No. 1 — Best Professors (for the third year in a row)
No. 2 — Best MBA for Consulting (Top 3 for the third year in a row)
No. 2 — Best MBA for Management (Top 3 for the third year in a row)
No. 4 — Best Campus Environment
No. 6 — Best Career Prospects
No. 6 — Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Program
No. 7 — Best Classroom Experience
No. 7 — Most Competitive Students
No. 8 — Best MBA for Finance
No. 9 — Greatest Resources for Women
The Princeton Review’s rankings are based primarily on current student survey data and also include information provided by Schools. The data incorporates factors such as career outcomes, admissions selectivity and academic rigor, among other topics.
The entrepreneurship ranking was released jointly by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Darden’s No. 6 position is up one spot from a year ago and seven places since 2015. The ranking considers a school’s entrepreneurship offerings and alumni outcomes. Funding for ventures started by Darden alumni has increased dramatically in recent years.
The No. 6 Best Career Prospects ranking was driven by a career rating score of 97 out of a possible 99. The Princeton Review says its career rating measures “the confidence students have in their school’s ability to lead them to fruitful employment opportunities, as well as the school’s record of having done so.” The rating includes data from schools on career outcomes as well as from student assessments of their career preparation, the quality of recruiters at their school and career-support offices such as Darden’s Career Development Center.
Only Darden, Stanford, Harvard and Michigan-Ross earned at least 10 Top 10 rankings from The Princeton Review. This result comes on the heels of Darden’s strong showing in rankings from Bloomberg Businessweek, which ranked the School the No. 5 MBA program in the United States, and also in September revealed results from the previous year’s ranking survey that Darden scored No. 4 in the world for quality of the academic program and No. 7 in the world for effectiveness of the alumni network. In October, The Economist ranked Darden the No. 1 education experience in the United States for the ninth consecutive year and No. 1 for overseas study for the third consecutive year.
“Darden is committed to providing an unparalleled transformational learning experience, and I am pleased to see top rankings in areas that reaffirm the School’s collective efforts,” said Darden Dean Scott Beardsley. “We are proud to be the home of the best faculty and the best education experience in graduate business education.”
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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