Baylor Ranks High in U.S. News Survey

June 30, 1997

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas - The Entrepreneurial Studies Program in the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor University has been ranked fifth in the nation in a survey of top business school entrepreneurship programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The list appears in U.S. News Online and is taken from the 1997 edition of America's Best Colleges rankings of "Top Undergraduate Business Departments." This is the second time that Baylor has been included in the publication's coveted top five entrepreneurship list.

U.S. News listed Baylor fifth nationally, tying with the University of Texas at Austin. Other schools in the top five include New York University, the University of Southern California, the University of Pennsylvania and Babson College, Mass., which headed the list.

Dr. Nancy B. Upton, the Ben H. Williams Professor in Entrepreneurship, said, "The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Baylor University is student-driven. We are the only university that requires students to actually start and operate a business. I believe we achieve excellence by being responsive to the entrepreneurial needs of our students and by providing one of the best entrepreneurship educations in the U.S."

Last year, the Baugh Center also was ranked by Success magazine in its list of the nation's top 25 business schools for entrepreneurs. Upton has received a number of awards for her work as director of the Baugh Center, including "Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year" by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The Southwestern Business Deans' Association also selected Upton as the recipient of its award for Innovative Achievement in Curriculum Design and Program Development.

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