The Deliberate Entrepreneur

University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)

Located: Philadelphia

Tuition per year: $26,290

Part-time or full-time: Full-time

Time needed to complete the program: Two years

Degree awarded: MBA

Sample course titles: "Private Equity Financing," "Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship," "High-Technology Entrepreneurship"

For more information:http://www.wharton.upenn.edu ; (215) 898-6183

Why it's worthy: The school has an entrepreneurial club, of course, and impressive speakers, like Peter Lynch and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, frequently drop by the campus to talk in formal and informal settings. But most impressive may be the networking that goes on at Wharton, suggests Elizabeth Woodcock, 28. "Wharton's alumni network is saturated with successful entrepreneurs who are willing to give of their time to speak to clubs and classes, and also to network," says Woodcock, who adds that one of Wharton's alumni has become her partner and financier in a health-care IT venture. "I have been overwhelmed by supportive faculty and fellow students."

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Geoff Williams has written for numerous publications, including Entrepreneur, Consumer Reports, LIFE and Entertainment Weekly. He also is the author of Living Well with Bad Credit.

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This article was originally published in the May 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: The Deliberate Entrepreneur.

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