25 Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs

Last Updated Sep 26, 2011 11:39 AM EDT

No other college major is more popular with students today than business. More than one out of every five college students earns a business degree.

What is even more amazing is the number of majors that have splintered off from the traditional business degree. Accounting and finance are probably the best known, but there are many others including international business, marketing, business communications, business economics, agricultural business and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Major

I can see why entrepreneurship would be attractive to college students. Faced with an anemic job market, some students are concluding that they may as well explore starting their own business.

Entrepreneur Magazine and the Princeton Review recently released its second annual survey of the top entrepreneur college degree programs in the country. Like all college rankings, you should take anybody's list with a grain of salt, but at least it gives you some schools to research.

The schools were selected for such things as the strength of their curriculum and mentorship programs, faculty who were/are successful entrepreneurs, the availability of entrepreneurship scholarships, as well as opportunities for entrepreneurship experience outside the classroom.

25 Top Schools for Entrepreneurship

  1. University of Houston (TX)
  2. Babson College (MA)
  3. Baylor University (TX)
  4. Syracuse University (NY)
  5. University of Southern California (CA)
  6. Washington University - St. Louis
  7. Brigham Young University (UT)
  8. University of Arizona
  9. Northeastern University (MA)
  10. University of Oklahoma (OK)
  11. Temple University (PA)
  12. University of Dayton (OH)
  13. Drexel University (PA)
  14. University of Missouri - Kansas City
  15. Miami University (OH)
  16. University of Utah
  17. DePaul University
  18. University of Maryland
  19. Belmont University (TN)
  20. Bradley University (IL)
  21. Texas Christian University
  22. City University of New York - Baruch College
  23. University of Wisconsin
  24. Oklahoma State University
  25. Xavier University (OH)
Here is the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine's picks for top entrepreneur graduate programs:

Top 25 Entrepreneur Programs for Graduate Students

Whether you major in traditional business administration, an entrepreneurship program or pursue some other business degree, I'd argue that you'll increase your marketability by taking a healthy dose of liberal arts courses so you can emerge from college with the communication, writing and language skills necessary to succeed professionally.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy is author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller, and Shrinking the Cost of College workbook. She also writes her own college blog at The College Solution.

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