Baylor Ranked No. 9 Undergraduate School for Entrepreneurship Studies by The Princeton Review and Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine
WACO, Texas (Nov. 14, 2017) – Baylor University offers one of the top programs for students aspiring to launch their own businesses, according to the latest rankings released today by The Princeton Review and featured in Entrepreneur magazine. Baylor’s program in the Hankamer School of Business was ranked No. 9 on the list of “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship of 2018.”
The rankings also can be viewed at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and will be published in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine, available on newsstands Nov. 28. The feature outlines key insights for potential students, including the number of entrepreneur-related courses offered and the number of startups launched by grads in the past five years from each program.
“We are very pleased to again be ranked in the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country,” said Matthew S. Wood, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of entrepreneurship in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. “This year (2017) marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of a formal academic program in entrepreneurship at Baylor, and this ranking is indicative of our rich tradition of excellence.”
The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Baylor was established in 1977, and the undergraduate entrepreneurship program currently offers 31 entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses. Over the last five years, its graduates have started 280 companies and have collectively raised $50 million in funding. Over the last 10 years, its graduates have started 500 companies and have collectively raised nearly $70 million in funding.
Each of Baylor’s undergraduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business, and 175 individual mentors worked with students through an officially sponsored school program.
“Being a top-ranked program rests on the tireless dedication of an outstanding group of scholars and staff,” Wood said. “Entrepreneurship department faculty are internationally recognized researchers but at the same time, deliver transformational learning experiences to Baylor students. It is great honor to serve the calling of entrepreneurship, and we are blessed to be recognized as a leading program.”
This year’s rankings of the top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate schools in entrepreneurship is based on a survey conducted from June through August 2017. Out of more than 300 schools offering entrepreneurship studies that The Princeton Review surveyed, 38 institutions’ undergraduate and/or graduate programs made the roster of top schools for 2018.
The 60-question survey asked schools to report on levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship studies inside and outside the classroom. More than 40 data points were analyzed for the tally to determine the rankings. Topics included the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number and reach of mentorship programs, scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.
The Princeton Review has reported its lists of top schools for entrepreneurship programs annually since 2006 in partnership with Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine.
“These colleges and business schools have superb entrepreneurship programs,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. “We highly recommend them to any applicant aspiring to launch a business. Their faculties are truly engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and the financial and networking support their students and programs receive via donors and alumni is extraordinary.”
"We publish this ranking every year to help entrepreneurs find the best learning-focused environments," says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. “The list is an excellent resource, and I hope everyone interested in undergraduate or graduate programs spends some time with it. The schools on this list can help prepare students for exciting, entrepreneurial futures.”
The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.
ABOUT HANKAMER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business provides a rigorous academic experience, consisting of classroom and hands-on learning, guided by Christian commitment and a global perspective. Recognized nationally for several programs, including Entrepreneurship and Accounting, the school offers 24 undergraduate and 13 graduate areas of study. Visit www.baylor.edu/business and follow on Twitter at twitter.com/Baylor_Business.
ABOUT THE PRINCETON REVIEW
The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit www.PrincetonReview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev.
ABOUT ENTREPRENEUR MEDIA INC.
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