Darden’s Career Center recently unveiled the employment outcomes for the Full-Time MBA Class of 2021. The class set records in a variety of metrics, despite (or perhaps in spite of) the challenging and ever-shifting recruiting landscape of 2020 and 2021.

Record Starting Salaries for the Third Consecutive Year

Average base salaries for the graduating class reached $144,933 — a School record. Bonuses also reached historic highs, as the Class of 2021 reported an average signing bonus of $35,488.

Post-Graduation Hiring Record

An impressive 91 percent of the class reported accepting a full-time offer by graduation, and a whopping 97 percent had received a full-time offer within 90 days of graduation.

These terrific employment outcomes for Darden’s most recent Full-Time MBA graduates demonstrate the hard work our students do to secure great job opportunities. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, students, faculty, alumni and staff came together to ensure the same excellent employment opportunities that Darden students earn year after year.

- Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean of the Career Center

International Gains

International students continued to experience positive trends in hiring, and 93 percent of international students in the Class of 2021 had received an offer within 90 days of graduation. As noted in the Darden Report, “these positive hiring trends for the School’s international students align with the mission of Darden’s STEM designated management science specialization, which provides students with in-demand quantitative and analytical skills and may bolster students’ chances of receiving an H-1B work visa.”

Top Industries and Employers

The top five hiring industries included consulting (32 percent), financial services (26 percent), technology (19 percent), health care (6 percent) and consumer packaged goods (5 percent). View the full report for the top 15 list of employers.

Read the full story on the Darden Report.

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