Oct 10, 2014

Top schools for entrepreneurship studies in 2015

University of Maryland, College Park

The Princeton Review together with Entrepreneur magazine recently announced the results of The Princeton Review’s annual survey naming 25 top undergraduate and 25 top graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in the U.S.

And this is huge for the generation of high school students who have elevated Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates to hero status and yearn for similar success in their lives.

But interestingly, it isn’t all about Stanford and the Ivy League.  Entrepreneurs come out of a variety of different environments and colleges nurturing skills that go along with drive and creativity.

To find these schools, The Princeton Review asked administrators representing more than 2000 institutions 60 questions covering their schools’ levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom.  

They asked about the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, as well as the number and reach of their mentorship programs.  In addition, The Princeton Review asked schools about their scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and their support for school-sponsored business plan competition.

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher, commented “Of more than 30 data points we analyze to tally our lists, what these extraordinary college and b-school programs have in common are superb faculties truly engaged in entrepreneurism, awesome out-of-class offerings, and enduring support from donors and alumni. Applicants to each of these schools will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with successful entrepreneurs, learn from outstanding mentors, and hone skills to launch their own exciting businesses."

This year’s roster includes 14 schools whose undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs each made the lists.  It also includes two new comers to the undergrad list—the University of Michigan (18) and the University of Washington (19).

For more information on the entrepreneurship studies project and the list of top 25 graduate programs, visit The Princeton Review website or the online edition of Entrepreneur.

Top 25 Undergraduate Programs for 2015 (*indicates the school was onMashable's similar list of top entrepreneurship programs):

  • Babson College, MA*
  • University of Houston, TX*
  • Baylor University, TX
  • Brigham Young University, UT*
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Syracuse University, NY
  • Northeastern University, MA
  • University of Southern California*
  • Baruch College, The City University of New York
  • Miami University, OH
  • Temple University, PA
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill*
  • University of Dayton, OH
  • Clarkson University, NY
  • DePaul University, IL
  • Washington University in St. Louis, MO*
  • Lehigh University, PA
  • University of Michigan*
  • University of Washington
  • Texas Christian University (TCU)
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Arizona
  • Saint Louis University, MO
  • Bradley University, IL
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City

Disclosure: Nancy Griesemer is a member of the Princeton Review National College Counselor Advisory Board, 2014-2015.

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