Full access to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

Alternative Business Schools

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

By
This story appears in the October 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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

 

Continue reading this article -- and everything on Entrepreneur!

Become a member to get unlimited access and support the voices you want to hear more from. Get full access to Entrepreneur for just $5!