Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurship
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine have announced their ranking of the Top 25 Entrepreneurial Colleges for 2011, with the number-one spot going to Babson College for the fourth year in a row. For the graduate program category, ranking second is Brigham Young University followed by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the number-three spot.
In addition to teaching strong entrepreneurship fundamentals in the classroom and staffing departments with instructors who are successful entrepreneurs, criteria for the school rankings included excellence in mentorship, and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom.
“We’re deeply committed to our students and firmly support their passion to pursue entrepreneurship and innovation at any stage in their career and in any type of business environment,”says Philippe Sommer, director of Darden’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, adding that “This mindset inspires us to continuously innovate and advance our program.”
Top Five Graduate Entrepreneurial Colleges
- Babson College
- Bringham Young University- Marriott School of Management
- Darden School of Business
- Chicago Booth School of Business
- UM Ross School of Business
“Behind the top ranked schools is not only a great formal classroom experience, but a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching entrepreneurship that embraces and encourages a student’s vision to build a successful business,” comments Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President-Publisher, and a nationally recognized expert on college admissions.
Franek notes many of the most successful programs have also emphasized curriculum that’s not exclusively related to business. “Schools like Babson, that require students to have at least 50 percent of their course work focused on the liberal arts, are breaking the mold when it comes to preparing future entrepreneurs,” he says.
“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” says Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”