Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies 2019

Entrepreneur magazine today announced the results of The Princeton Review’s 13th annual survey naming the 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools best for entrepreneurship studies.

The University of Michigan captured the #1 spot on the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs ranking list for the first time. Babson College finished #1 on the graduate entrepreneurship programs list – a distinction it last earned in 2013. Both schools had been at the #4 spots on the respective 2018 lists. The full lists of the top 25 undergraduate and graduate schools for 2019 are below.

The Princeton Review tallied its 2019 lists based on surveys it conducted from July through August 2018 of administrators at more than 300 schools offering entrepreneurship studies. The 60-question survey covered the school’s commitment to entrepreneurship studies inside and outside the classroom. Topics included: the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number and reach of mentorship programs, scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions. In all, more than 40 data points were analyzed in the ranking list tallies.

“These colleges and business schools have truly superb entrepreneurship programs,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “Their faculties are genuinely engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and the financial and networking support their students receive via donors and alumni is extraordinary.”

“This annual ranking in partnership with the The Princeton Review is an excellent resource for future founders with entrepreneurial goals,” says Jason Feifer, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur magazine.  “Each of the entrepreneurship programs on the list offers valuable opportunities for business-minded students to become knowledgeable leaders and pursue their passions.”

Many schools on the lists have extraordinary records of graduate accomplishments. At The University of Michigan, #1 on the undergraduate list, students graduating within the last ten years have started over 1,000 companies that have raised $61 million in funding. At Rice University, #3 on the graduate list, students graduating in the last ten years have started over 350 companies that have raised $4 billion in funding.

Columbia University, #5 on the graduate list, offers one of the largest and richest graduate student business plan competitions. Last year, it awarded $2,400,000 for student entrepreneurial projects.

The Princeton Review’s Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2019

Top 25 Undergraduate Schools

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of Houston (TX)
  3. Babson College (MA)
  4. Brigham Young University (UT)
  5. Northeastern University (MA)
  6. Baylor University (TX)
  7. Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  8. University of Maryland
  9. University of Utah
  10. Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  11. North Carolina State University
  12. Ball State University (IN)
  13. DePaul University (IL)
  14. Miami University (OH)
  15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  16. The University of Iowa
  17. Syracuse University (NY)
  18. University of Kansas
  19. University of Dayton (OH)
  20. The University of Oklahoma
  21. Michigan State University
  22. Texas A&M University
  23. The University of Texas at Dallas
  24. Belmont University (TN)
  25. Drexel University (PA)

Top 25 Graduate Schools

  1. Babson College (MA)
  2. The University of Chicago (IL)
  3. Rice University (TX)
  4. Northwestern University (IL)
  5. Columbia University (NY)
  6. The University of Texas at Austin
  7. University of Virginia
  8. University of Michigan
  9. Northeastern University (MA)
  10. Brigham Young University (UT)
  11. The University of Texas at Dallas
  12. The University of South Florida
  13. University of Washington
  14. Syracuse University (NY)
  15. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  16. University of California San Diego
  17. University of Rochester (NY)
  18. Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  19. University of Utah
  20. DePaul University (IL)
  21. Saint Louis University (MO)
  22. New York University (NY)
  23. Texas A&M University
  24. Oklahoma State University
  25. University of Maryland

Four schools are new to the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs list for 2019: Michigan State University (#21), Texas A&M University (#22), The University of Texas at Dallas (#23) and Belmont University (#24). Three schools are new on the graduate programs list: Columbia University (#5), University of Washington (#13) and Saint Louis University (#21).


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