This is the first year The Princeton Review conducted the study. The schools selected show a commitment to creating programs to encourage young entrepreneurs on campus, as well as looking at how their alumni have fared in the real world. The study also looked at the type of on-campus entrepreneurial activities available, including mentoring, experiential learning and campus clubs—as well as the number of successful alumni entrepreneurs and industry/school partnerships.
In its profile of Xavier, the review stated: "Every student in Xavier's business college is connected with a local business mentor by the director of the program. The Xavier University Entrepreneurial Learning Lab, housed at the award-winning Hamilton County Business Center, lets students start their own businesses in a professional site, where they are provided with advisers and office administration."
“The schools on this list all provide access to the critical training and experiences they’ll need to become tomorrow’s business leaders,” says Robert Franek, editorial director for The Princeton Review.
“We are excited and honored to have our students, faculty, staff and curriculum receive such recognition,” says Williams College of Business dean Ali Malekzadeh. “We have a very strong entrepreneurial program and a very active student entrepreneurship club. In addition, some of our business majors established and are now operating the first student-run business on the Xavier campus, FliX, a movie-rental business.”
“We are honored to find ourselves in the top 25 and especially pleased that the efforts of our outstanding faculty and staff to continually advance the quality of Xavier have garnered us this recognition,” says Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “Our goal is to form students intellectually, morally and spiritually with rigor and compassion toward lives of solidarity, service and success. This type of recognition tells us that we are achieving that goal, and forming students who will have a positive impact on our community and our world.”
“All of this has been made possible through the generous contributions to the University by the Castellini family. We are very grateful for that,” Malekzadeh says.
Xavier offers a four-year degree in entrepreneurship studies and can boast of several prominent alumni entrepreneurs such as Charles Geschke, co-founder in 1982 of Adobe Systems; Bill Kelly, vice chairman and owner of Jelly Belly Co.; Dave Milam, co-founder of iMark, Inc.; Rich Owen and Todd Wichmann, co-founders of Redox Brands; and Paul Cashen, co-founder and former president of PC on Call.
The Williams College of Business also features prominent entrepreneurs on the undergraduate faculty including Cashen, Allen Zaring, founder of Zaring National Corp. and Jack Wyant, co-founder and managing director of Blue Chip Venture Co.
The college also has a student-mentoring program where every student in the business college is formally connected with a local business mentor. In addition, the entrepreneurship student co-op program connects entrepreneurship majors with paid work experiences.
This honor comes on the heels of Xavier’s business program being named in September as one of “The Best 143 Business Schools” by The Princeton Review. Xavier also was included in this year’s edition, released earlier, of the The Best 357 Colleges guide.
“This honor, which speaks so highly of our undergraduate program, is especially gratifying coming just a short time after the recognition of our M.B.A. program,” Malekzadeh says.
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