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Big Biz on Campus

Class is now in session for college entrepreneurs. Are you ready to enroll?

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This story appears in the December 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Welcome, class, to "Biz U," Entrepreneur's new monthly column detailing the who, what, when, where, why and how of . For many owners, college consisted of roommates, lectures, parties, all-nighters, games and finals. For today's students, however, college isn't just a time to learn how to do your own laundry-it's a time to build a business.

"Over the past five years, there's been an explosion of interest [in entrepreneurship]," says Gerry Hills, co-founder and chair of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) and Coleman Chair at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at the of Illinois, . He credits some of the interest to the dotcom boom-which, despite its bust, had a noticeable effect on entrepreneurial awareness. "It's been a positive factor because it brought to the attention of masses of students that entrepreneurship is a viable career path."

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