Xavier ranks No. 17 among top schools for entrepreneurship

University named one of the nation's best by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine | October 11, 2007

In a survey of more than 900 schools just released by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, Xavier was distinguished as one of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country. The University ranks 17th in the survey. This is the fourth year in a row Xavier has been recognized. The recognition comes just days after the Williams College of Business was named as one of the best 290 business schools in the country by The Princeton Review.

The list, which features both undergraduate and graduate programs, will be featured in the November issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands Oct. 23. All schools surveyed were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences.

Xavier was ranked among the best along with such schools as the University of Dayton, Notre Dame, Temple, DePaul, Babson College, Syracuse and Oklahoma.

“The ranking of our undergraduate program in Entrepreneurship as one of the top 20 programs in the country, and the only one to be ranked in the Cincinnati area is testimony to the outstanding faculty and students we have in the Williams College of Business,” says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. “With assistance from a committed advisory board, the Xavier entrepreneurship center is in the process of designing and implementing several new programs targeted to Xavier students, business executives, and high school students. I am confident that in the years ahead, the Xavier entrepreneurship center will continue to be a source of learning and pride for Xavier University and entrepreneurs in the greater Cincinnati area.”

“We are honored to be included in the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine list,” added Daewoo Park, director for the Williams College of Business Entrepreneurial Center. “It really stands as a tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and the countless talents of our faculty and members of the business community who serve as mentors to entrepreneurship majors. We will continue to map, measure, and magnify our students’ entrepreneurial career success ability.”

Xavier was ranked 11th last year. The change in ranking is due to a nearly 30 percent increase in participating schools, which underscores the growing number of entrepreneurial courses nationwide and the established mainstream appeal of business ownership.

The survey questions for the annual top colleges ranking are revisited each year to ensure that clear, concise and appropriate data is collected.

For a complete listing of the schools ranked and a full database of details on each of their programs, visit www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. To learn more about Xavier businesses visit http://youtube.com/user/XUEntreCenter.