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

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees: $104,850 (resident)

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees: $114,850 (non-resident)

School Recommended Two-Year Budget: $170,722 (non-resident)

Average GMAT: 706

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 650-760

Average GPA: 3.51

Acceptance Rate: 26%

Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 635

International: 28.6%

Female: 32%

Minority 17.7%

Mean Age: 27


Average 2014 Base Salary: $110,000

Median Signing Bonus: $25,000

Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 89%

Percentage of Class of 2012 MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 95%

Estimate of Total Pay over a 20-Year Career*: $2,705,000

Where Darden’s Class of 2014 Went To Work:

Consulting — 28%

Financial Services — 22%

Technology — 16%

Consumer Products — 10%


Top Employers of Darden MBAs

2011 Top Employers MBAs Hired 2014 Top Employers MBAs Hired
Microsoft 10 Amazon 13
Bank of America 10 Boston Consulting Group 13
Amazon 8 PwC 11
McKinsey & Co. 7 Accenture  8
Bain & Co. 7
Accenture 7
Barclays Capital 6
Deutsche Bank 6
Samsung 6
Johnson & Johnson 5
IBM Consulting 5
J.P. Morgan Chase 5
Citigroup 5
Wells Fargo 5

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 2014 estimate for Poets and Quants.

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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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