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Alternative Business Schools

As every entrepreneur knows, there are many routes to success beyond the traditional classroom.

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The School of Hard Knocks

Concentrations: Finance, social policy, entrepreneurship

Total enrollment: The entire U.S. lower and middle classes

Annual tuition: Your dignity

Teacher-student ratio: 1 to 300 million

Students who graduate within four years: Very few

Rolling admission: Yes

Acceptance rate: 100 percent

Students receiving financial aid: 0 percent

Average starting salary after graduation: $7.25 an hour

Notable alumnus: Oprah Winfrey


Dropout U

Concentration: Information technology

Annual tuition: $0

Students who graduate within four years: 0

Students who graduate within six years: 0

Students who graduate, ever: 0

Degrees offered: 0

Extracurricular activities: Devising something world-changing in your basement

Notable alumni: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates


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