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New Study Identifies Top Schools For Entrepreneurs

Every year, The Princeton Review collaborates with Entrepreneur magazine to compile various lists of top schools. Sometimes they consider the overall top universities in the world; at other times the focus is on schools in a particular region.

Occasionally the survey covers specific programs and courses of study. The most recent list falls into the latter category: It ranked the top 25 entrepreneurial programs for undergraduates, as well as the top 25 entrepreneurial programs for graduates.


Top undergraduate programs for entrepreneurs

According to The Princeton Review, the survey studied more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate business schools and included questions in three major areas. “Schools that ranked high demonstrated a commitment to entrepreneurship both inside and outside the classroom and had faculty, students and alumni actively involved and successful in entrepreneurial endeavors,” according the website.

The number-one undergraduate entrepreneur program was said to be at tiny Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts. Started in 1999, the program has 2,106 students and offers an incredible 55 entrepreneurship-related courses. As a result of the school’s investment in entrepreneurial training, graduates have started 118 new companies over the past five years alone.

Coming in second is the University of Houston, which first started offering an entrepreneurship major in 1995. Considerably smaller than Babson, it offers 31 entrepreneur-related courses and has a reported enrollment of 1,306 students. Over the past five years, the University of Houston’s graduates have started 66 companies and raised more than $7.2 million in funding.

Holding down the third spot is another Texas school, Baylor University. Its program is more than 35 years old, offers 29 courses related to entrepreneurship, and has 2,112 students. Its graduates have started 200 companies in the past five years.

Rounding out the top ten are Brigham Young University, the University of Oklahoma, Syracuse University, Northeastern University, the University of Southern California, Baruch College, and Miami University.

Top graduate entrepreneurship programs

As mentioned, the survey also rated the best graduate programs for entrepreneurs and found a familiar name on top: Harvard University. Founded in 1947, the business school at Harvard has 95% of its students enrolled in entrepreneurship-related courses.

Over the past five years, graduates of the program have started 182 companies, and raised a staggering $1.2 billion along the way.

Coming in second is Babson College again, which offers 79 courses to students. Graduates have started 181 companies over the past five years.

Third place goes to the University of Michigan, which is nearing a century of offering courses designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. All the graduate business students are currently taking these courses, and past graduates have started 106 companies over the past five years.

Rice University secured in fourth place. Its graduates have started 22 companies over the past five years, and raised more than $27.7 million along the way.

Even more impressive is the fact that 100 percent of the graduate entrepreneurship faculty have started, bought, or run a successful business in the course of their careers.

Fifth place belongs to Stanford University, who has an impressive list of past graduates and 44 individual mentors who work with students through an official sponsorship program. The top ten consists of Northwestern University, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia.

The post-graduate job search

While students who complete these well-renowned programs rarely have difficulty finding a job after graduation, the same can’t be said for every job-seeker and industry. The good news is there are plenty of tools available to help people find jobs that match their qualifications.

Consider using a recruitment specialist or job search website to keep an eye out for positions in the IT and business fields. The job search can be competitive, and it’s important to have resources like these at your disposal.