Top 10 Undergraduate Programs 2009

The Princeton Review's annual ranking of entrepreneurship programs names 50 schools that have an edge--and one that beat them all.
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Profound shifts in the economy are expected to lead even higher numbers of students into both graduate and undergrad programs in entrepreneurship over the coming year, according to Robert Franek, The Princeton Review 19s senior vice president and publisher. The top 10 undergrad programs in The Princeton Review 19s ranking have fulfilled three main criteria exceptionally well: teaching business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing their departments with successful entrepreneurs and providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom. Here is the class of 2009.

Babson College

Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Wellesley, MA
Enrolled students:

Student-led entrepreneurial clubs and activities encourage networking and starting business partnerships.  Full-time MBA students learn how to take an entrepreneurial venture from conception to growing it domestically to globally.

University of Houston

The Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship

Enrolled students: 1,938

Offers a major in entrepreneurship, a global business minor and a certificate in corporate entrepreneurship.  The student application process for the entrepreneurship  program begins at the start of students 19 junior year, when 35 students are chosen.

University of Arizona

McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship

Tucson, AZ
Enrolled students: 50

The Mentor-In-Residence Program offers full-time mentors on site, providing consistent guidance for each student. Specialty programs include those that combine business and law through its Mock Law Firm and the Land Grant program that allows entrepreneurs to understand real estate and agricultural entrepreneurial options.

Baylor University

Baylor Entrepreneurship Program

Waco, TX
Enrolled students:

Encourages students to launch startups while still in school. Offers tracks in family business, technology entrepreneurship, franchising and social entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship majors are encouraged to develop a second major. 

Temple University

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute

Enrolled students: 396 

The institute lets students innovate and create their entrepreneurial program by choosing from courses that stress idea generation, opportunity assessment and brand generation. Also offered are new certification programs in Entrepreneurship in Engineering and Entrepreneurial Thinking in Science and Technology.  

Drexel University

Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship

Enrolled students:

The Entrepreneurial Breakfast Series and Entrepreneur Conferences are networking opportunities for students, businesses and investors in a noncompetitive and informative environment. The MentorMatch program details students' goals, making the relationship more manageable for the mentor and fostering a sense of urgency in the student to gain assistance within a short time. 

University of Dayton

L. William Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Dayton, OH
Enrolled students:

All entrepreneurship majors participate in a three-year lock-step program in which students take their required entrepreneurship courses together as a class, fostering collaboration and a network of entrepreneurs. 

DePaul University

DePaul Entrepreneurship Program

Enrolled students:

Offers courses in family business, global entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in the arts, personal selling, entrepreneurship law, advertising and promotion and electronic commerce. 

City University of New --Baruch College

Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship

New York
Enrolled students:

The program offers not-for-credit courses for entrepreneurs. Faculty and students from Baruch's Zicklin School of Business, Baruch's SBDC Business Advisors, alumni and volunteers are brought together to support the entrepreneurial endeavors of startups and established businesses and the college's constituents. 

University of Southern California

Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Los Angeles
Enrolled students:

Entrepreneurial clubs, including e-Club, the largest undergraduate club in USC's business school, allow students to explore a variety of venues for entrepreneurship, including family-owned businesses and expansion ideas. Students learn the science behind business plans and technology and can earn a certificate in Technology Commercialization.