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University of Virginia Darden School of Business

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

General Description

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering three formats of its MBA degree program (MBA, MBA for Executives and Global MBA for Executives), as well as Ph.D. and Executive Education programs.

Darden is the graduate business school of the University of Virginia, which was founded in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Darden delivers the world's best management education experience through its high-engagement learning environment, which is distinguished by three key elements:
-The case study method immerses students in real-life business situations spanning industries, countries and disciplines and develops them into complete leaders who are ready for anything. Named the world's best "education experience" (The Economist, 2011-12), Darden creates a powerful learning environment, which prepares leaders to analyze situations, ask the right questions, think strategically and offer solutions.
-Darden's top-ranked faculty - consistently recognized among the best by The Princeton Review and Financial Times - is deeply committed to the professional and personal development of students and executives. Darden professors create a high-energy, transformational experience in the classroom and advance innovative thinking in business through research.
-The tight-knit community is one of the world's most collaborative. Darden graduates form a global network of more than 14,000 and remain connected to the School throughout their lifetimes, giving back through volunteerism, philanthropy and academics.


  MBA Class of 2017 MBA for Executives Class of 2014
Duration21 months21 months
Graduation monthMayMay
Available for employmentMay 2017 May 2014
Number of students33459
Average age2736
Average years of work experience413
% International students3817
% Women3520
Average GMAT score706

Mailing Address

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
100 Darden Boulevard.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA

Last Statistics 2012

Hires by Industry
Consulting 31 %
Consumer Products 12 %
High Tech/Telecom 13 %
Investment Banking 16 %
Investment Management/Portfolio Management 4 %
Manufacturing 9 %
Media/Entertainment/Communications 1 %
Other Financial Services 5 %
Other Services 2 %
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care 3 %
Real Estate 1 %
Transportation 2 %
Venture Capital/Private Equity 1 %
Hires by Function
Consulting 30 %
Corporate Finance 11 %
Executive Development/Leadership Program 11 %
General Management 12 %
Investment Banking 12 %
Investment Management 3 %
Marketing 16 %
Miscellaneous 1 %
Other Financial Services 4 %
Average salary upon graduation
$109,335 (full-time MBA Class of 2012)

Information updated in January 2016