US News Ranking Places UVA Darden Graduates at the Top for Highest Starting Salaries

By Jay Hodgkins

University of Virginia Darden School of Business full-time MBA Class of 2020 graduates notched the No. 1 average starting salary and bonus among public schools and No. 5 overall, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Business Schools ranking of MBA programs. It marked the third year in a row Darden was ranked No. 1 for the highest starting salaries among public MBA schools and fourth year in a row in the Top 5 overall.

Darden excelled in the U.S. News ranking’s salary and career success metrics. In addition to an average starting salary and bonus that rose almost $4,000 from the previous year to $169,190, Darden’s Class of 2020 ranked No. 5 overall for highest percentage of the class employed at graduation.

Darden placed No. 13 overall in the ranking and remained No. 2 among MBA programs at public universities. Aside from strong employment outcomes, the School’s ranking was supported by increased admissions selectivity.

Darden’s Executive MBA program was ranked No. 16 overall.

U.S. News named Darden the No. 7 MBA for management.

In February, the Financial Times ranked Darden the No. 11 MBA program in the world and No. 6 in the United States. Darden ranked No. 5 in the U.S. in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek ranking.

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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