The Economist also named Darden the No. 3 MBA program in the world.
"Being named the best education experience in the world is a significant achievement," said Dean Scott Beardsley. "These rankings continue to validate the hard work and commitment of our students, alumni, faculty and staff as we seek to reach the full potential of our mission to produce global and responsible leaders who change the world."
The Darden School's transformational learning environment features faculty renowned for their teaching excellence, a supportive and engaged student body and a dynamic alumni network. Students emerge from Darden as agile, lifelong learners who are uniquely prepared to act decisively and responsibly and to step forward into leadership roles and improve the world.
Other rankings in the Which MBA? list include:
- No. 3 for "Personal Development and Educational Experience"
- No. 5 for "Open New Career Opportunities"
- No. 8 for "Student Rating of Alumni Effectiveness"
The rankings from The Economist come days after the Princeton Review named Darden among the Top 10 business schools in a number of key categories, including "Best Professors," "Greatest Opportunity for Women" and "Best Career Prospects," among others. Darden also received the highest possible score in the Princeton Review's Academic Experience Rating.
The Economist's ranking takes into account a number of factors that are central to the Darden mission, including student and alumni experience and career advancement.
The ranking is comprised of four categories: opening new career opportunities (35% weighting), personal development and educational experience (35%), increasing salary (20%) and the potential to network (10%). See the full methodology here.
Data collected from the schools also include the number of international students, registered alumni and active alumni branches or chapters.
The top five schools in The Economist's Which MBA? 2016 rankings are:
- University of Chicago Booth School of Business
- Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
- University of Virginia Darden School of Business
- Harvard Business School
- Stanford University Graduate School of Business
About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world's best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. Darden's top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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