Virginia’s Darden School of Business

by John A. Byrne on

The school again won two highly coveted grades of  A+ (meaning Darden scored in the top 20% of leading schools whose graduates were surveyed) from BusinessWeek for excellence in both teaching and career services, the two most important elements delivered by a business school to a student population. As one Class of 2012 graduate told BusinessWeek’s survey team: “The PEOPLE at Darden are irreplaceable. The program is hard and competitive, but everyone is rooting for you. I love this type of healthy competition.” Raved another: “The community and teamwork-focused learning environment make the Darden MBA program unique. I cannot imagine a class that was more tight-knit and supportive, and also unique and diverse, as the Darden class that I was a part of. The strenuous academic environment prepares students very well for professional opportunities after school.”

Student Perspectives:

My Story: From an NFL Quarterback to Darden

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools:   Columbia, DartmouthNorthwestern’s Kellogg School
Match Schools: MIT SloanBerkeley, DukeNew York University, MichiganYaleCornell
Safe Schools: Carnegie MellonUCLANorth Carolina

2011-2012 Tuition & Fees: $91,500 (resident)
Tuition & Fees: $101,500 (non-resident)
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $141,000 (resident)
School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $151,000 (non-resident)
Average GMAT: 703
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 643-750
Average GPA: 3.48
Acceptance Rate: 27%

Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 657
International: 34%
Female: 35%
Minority 20%
Mean Age: 27

Average 2012 Base Salary
: $109,333
Median Signing Bonus: $25,000
Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 86%
Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 94%

Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,908,136 (only 10 other U.S. schools had higher career pay numbers)

Where Darden’s Class of 2011 Went To Work:

Financial Services — 35%
Consulting — 20%
Manufacturing — 12%
Technology — 11%
Consumer Products — 8%
Health Care/Biotech — 3%
Media/Entertainment — 2%
Energy — 2%
Government — 2%
Non-Profit — 1%
Real Estate — 1%

Top Employers of Darden MBAs

2011 Top Employers MBAs Hired 2010 Top Employers MBAs Hired
Microsoft 10 IBM 11
Bank of America 10 Bank of America 8
Amazon 8 Bain & Co. 7
McKinsey & Co. 7 Johnson & Johnson 6
Bain & Co. 7 Wells Fargo 6
Accenture 7 Accenture 5
BCG 6 Citigroup 5
Barclays Capital 6 Danaher Corp. 5
Deutsche Bank 6 Goldman Sachs 5
Samsung 6 Marsh & McLennan 5
Johnson & Johnson 5 Credit Suisse 4
IBM Consulting 5 Dell 4
J.P. Morgan Chase 5 J.P. Morgan Chase 4
Citigroup 5 McKinsey & Co. 4
Wells Fargo 5 Microsoft 4

Source: Darden School of Business Employment Reports

Relevant Features:

How Darden Became No. 1 in Student Satisfaction
Darden Dean Bob Bruner on Globalization
The Best B-School Alumni Networks in the U.S.
B-School Deans Worth Following on Twitter
Darden Dean Reappointed To a New Four-Year Term
Darden Hits New Donor Record of $3.5 Million

Note: MBA Program Consideration Set: If you believe you’re a close match to this school–based on your GMAT and GPA scores,  your age and work experience, you should look at these other competitive full-time MBA programs as well. We list them by stretch, match and safety. These options are presented on the basis of brand image and ranking status as a general guideline.

* Payscale 2010 estimate for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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  • Bruce Vann

    4 Cases a day is a lot of work. I can’t imagine.

  • Mick

    I visited Darden last month. WOW. great BS!, great faculty, great people.
    Love it and hope to get in.

  • John A. Byrne

    Good luck, Mick.

  • bschool2013
  • Bruce Vann

    Correction. I can imagine because that’s probably where I’ll be going this fall unless Tuck takes me off the waitlist.

  • Mick

    I’m IN. I’m so happy that I got accepted in this great school.
    C-Ville, here I go!

  • Bruce Vann

    Congrats, Mick. I’ll see you there!!

  • John A. Byrne

    Congrats Mick! You’re going to a fantastic school. Well done.

  • Frequent Reader

    12 is a sham. Darden should clearly be ranked higher.

  • Central Banker

    Dear John,
    I was viewing Duke’s profile on this website last night and found a comment by you saying that you are in the process of writing an article about Duke VS Darden. I just viewed GMAT Club’s threads on the two schools head to head, and I gotta tell ya, not so much useful information there, especially compared to the smakdown articles you write. I very much appreciated the article about Northwestern VS Chicago, and I’m dying to get your two cents on Duke VS Darden. Will it be published anytime soon???

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