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.
Top 10 Undergraduate Programs 2009
Enrolled students: 1,559
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.
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.
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.
Enrolled students: 250
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.
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.
Enrolled students: 78
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.
Enrolled students: 300
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.
Enrolled students: 151
Offers courses in family business, global entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in the arts, personal selling, entrepreneurship law, advertising and promotion and electronic commerce.
Enrolled students: 443
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.
10. University of Southern California
Enrolled students: 1,342
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.