The University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been named the top public business school in the world, according to the Financial Times’ 2024 ranking of the Top 100 global business schools.

Darden has continued its strong momentum with an impressive rise in multiple categories, and this comes on the heels of other recent rankings placing Darden atop all public MBA programs in the U.S.

Darden has made significant progress in various categories, with career-related metrics and student satisfaction. Darden is ranked No. 4 in the world for overall student satisfaction, and No. 2 in MBA aims achieved. They also received the No. 2 ranking among top-20 schools in the Employed at Three Months category.

The rankings take into account value for money, alumni aims achieved, diversity, academic research, environmental policies and salary information. Darden ranks No. 16 globally and No. 11 in the U.S., both year-over-year increases.

Darden has also made significant strides with their career outcomes, with the highest mean starting salary in school history for the fifth consecutive year. The median starting salary remained at a record high of $175,000 for the second year in a row.

The upward trajectory in the Financial Times ranking follows increases in other key rankings. Darden was ranked No. 3 by Bloomberg Businessweek, its highest ever from the publication. Three months later, Poets & Quants, using its composite tally of five major MBA rankings, ranked Darden No. 8. P&Q also named Darden one of “10 Business Schools to Watch in 2024,” in part because they achieved what it called the most difficult outcome of any business: “happy customers.”

Overall, Darden’s impressive performance in these rankings affirms the school’s commitment to providing students with a world-class education and a strong foundation for success in their careers. 

To learn more about the career support Darden provides for all students, register for our upcoming event, Welcome to the Darden Career Center, held on 5 March 2024.

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