Xavier improves to 19th in the nation in annual rankings for its entrepreneurship program

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine survey included 2,300 colleges and universities | September 22, 2009

In a survey of more than 2,300 schools just released by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, Xavier University was distinguished as one of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.

Xavier is ranked 19th, up from 24th last year. This is the sixth year in a row Xavier has been recognized among the top schools in the nation. The entrepreneurship program is housed in the Williams College of Business.

All schools surveyed were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences. Xavier was ranked among the best along with such schools as Babson College, University of Houston and University of Arizona.

"The hard work of the Williams College's faculty, staff and advisory boards has paid off by providing the students with an outstanding entrepreneurship education, recognized as one of the best in the nation," says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business.

The areas of excellence linking the 25 schools at the top were teaching business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing their departments with successful entrepreneurs and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside the classroom.

“Not only does this select group of schools offer superlative preparation that successfully combines theory with practical application, but the majority have also developed interesting components that are focused on social entrepreneurship and sustainability,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing and nationally acclaimed expert on college and graduate school admissions.

“In addition to revealing the rankings, we wanted to take it a step further and identify schools fueling their local economies through innovation and job creation,” said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur magazine. “The resulting piece demonstrates that now more than ever, small businesses are needed to help drive the U.S. economy, magnifying the importance of these programs’ roles in helping entrepreneurs succeed.”

For more information and a complete school listing, go to www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. Full details are available in the October issue of Entrepreneur on newsstands starting Sept. 22.