Career advancement is the key reason many choose to pursue an MBA.

While a career is about much more than earnings, we know that as a prospective student you take a hard look at ROI when considering where to apply and attend. At Darden, we’re pleased to say that one aspect of our ROI has never been better.

According to the recent U.S. News & World Report Best Business Schools 2020 ranking, the Darden School places No. 3 for highest compensation among all U.S. business schools for the 2018 graduating classes.

The B-School news site Poets & Quants recently took a deep dive into the numbers, ultimately declaring that “it will surprise exactly no one that the best bang for your B-school buck comes at the elite schools.”

With a mean starting salary and bonus of $160,711, the Class of 2018 trailed only the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Wharton School.

Learn more about Darden career success stories and top employers in the Darden MBA Employment Report.