Xavier’s undergraduate business entrepreneurship program is ranked 11th best in the nation according to a survey of more than 2,000 schools released today, Tuesday, Sept. 21, by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This is the seventh consecutive year that Xavier has been recognized among the top schools in the nation for its entrepreneurship program, which moved up in the rankings from 19th last year.
Other schools ranked among the best with Xavier include the Washington University, the University of Houston, Baylor, Notre Dame and the University of Southern California.
The schools were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom. In addition, non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs were considered.
"To be honored seven years in a row is a great tribute to the hard work the Williams College's faculty, staff and advisory boards do to provide our students with outstanding entrepreneurship education,” said Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business.
The ranking follows an earlier announcement naming the MBA management program 20th best in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
“Both honors demonstrate that our programs are providing the best education for our students,” said Daewoo Park, chair of Xavier’s Department of Management and Entrepreneurship.
“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,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing and nationally recognized expert on college admissions.
“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” said 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.”
For more information and a complete school listing, go to www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. The results are published in the October issue of Entrepreneur available on newsstands beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21.