In a survey of more than 2,000 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 11th up from 19th last year. This is the seventh year in a row Xavier's has been recognized among the top schools in the nation.
Xavier was ranked among the best along with such schools as 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, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs.
"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,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business.
“In addition to this national ranking in entrepreneurship, the Williams College of Business’s MBA management program was rated 20th in the country by U.S. News and World Report earlier this year,” says Daewoo Park, chair of Xavier’s Management and Entrepreneurship department. “Both honors demonstrate that our programs are providing the best education for our students.”
“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,” commented 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. Full details will also appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur available on newsstands September 21.