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's has been recognized among the top schools in the nation.
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 to the top were teaching business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing their departments with successful entrepreneurs and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of 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.
According to Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur magazine,
“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. 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 will also appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur available on newsstands starting September 22.