Get Schooled

Now that you know you can learn to be an entrepreneur, the annual ranking of entrepreneurship programs from The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine shows you which schools get students into the entrepreneurial spirit.

Online exclusive:Go to www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges to see the rankings and get information about additional programs that did not make our list. You can also learn more about the top 10 graduate and undergraduate programs by viewing our interactive slideshows.

It's an extraordinary time to study entrepreneurship. With all that the leading colleges and universities have to offer-from studying under professors who've been successful entrepreneurs, to taking classes that focus less on book learning and more on practical exercises in launching real-life businesses-it's no wonder both undergraduates and graduates alike are pursuing an education in entrepreneurship.

If you're a prospective entrepreneur, why should you obtain a degree in entrepreneurship? Maybe you want to start a business, but you're not sure where to start or what type of business you want. Or maybe you've read that most businesses go kaput after five years, and you don't want to end up as a statistic-so you want to learn as much as you can before you take the leap. Or perhaps you want to start your business part time while you learn everything you can to minimize mistakes, suggests George Solomon, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the department of management at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Of course, if you're both an entrepreneur and a parent, maybe you're hoping your son or daughter will succeed in business just like you, so you're researching which colleges will best prepare your child for the exciting and challenging world of owning a business. Zack and Pat Cavitolo, parents of Andrew Cavitolo, can relate to that: Their 21-year-old son is an entrepreneurship student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, our seventh-ranked undergraduate program. The Cavitolos, who own their own catering facility in New York City, knew their son had an interest in entrepreneurship, so they helped him select the right university to suit his goals and interests.

"Being in the program, [Andrew's] experience has been fabulous," says Pat. "He's developing his own apparel company, and that all started when he was in school. It helped him focus and do what he wanted to do." Whatever the case may be, let our 4th annual ranking-conducted jointly by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine-be your primer.

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This article was originally published in the October 2006 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get Schooled.

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