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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
The annual summit for research institution gap fund and accelerator programs, including proof of concept programs, startup accelerators, and university venture funds

The Story

From more than 2,000 schools that The Princeton Review surveyed in 2014 for this project, Babson College in Massachusetts earned the #1 spot on the undergraduate entrepreneurship programs ranking list: it has been #1 on this list for three consecutive years. Harvard University finished #1 on the graduate entrepreneurship programs list—up from #3 in 2013.

The two top 25 entrepreneurship program ranking lists follow. In all, 36 institutions’ undergraduate and/or graduate programs are named on the lists this year.

The Princeton Review will post the ranking lists today at www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur. There, users can also access The Princeton Review’s detailed profiles on the schools, and information about the survey methodology and criteria for the rankings.

Entrepreneur has a feature article on the lists in its October issue, available on newsstands September 23. The feature will post on the magazine’s site on September 16 at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

The Princeton Review surveyed undergraduate and graduate schools for this project from April through June 2014. The survey asked school administrators 60 questions covering: their schools’ levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, and the number and reach of their mentorship programs. The company also asked schools about their scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and their support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

This year’s roster includes 14 schools whose undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs each made the lists. It also includes two newcomers to the undergraduate list: the University of Michigan at #18, and the University of Washington at #19. Four schools are new on the graduate list: Northwestern University at #6, Baruch College – City University of New York at #14, Syracuse University at #17, and DePaul University at #20.

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher, commented “Of more than 30 data points we analyze to tally our lists, what these extraordinary college and b-school programs have in common are superb faculties truly engaged in entrepreneurism, awesome out-of-class offerings, and enduring support from donors and alumni. Applicants to each of these schools will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with successful entrepreneurs, learn from outstanding mentors, and hone skills to launch their own exciting businesses.”

“Formal instruction and mentorship from great minds in business can help leaders prepare for the challenges that come with entrepreneurship,” said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. “The schools in our annual list have ranked high for creating some of the best environments to nurture the pursuit of building a business from the ground up.”

The Princeton Review has partnered with Entrepreneur Media Inc. on this project since 2006. Only schools that participate in The Princeton Review survey for this project are eligible for consideration for the rankings. The company also reports school rankings in several categories in its annual books “The Best 379 Colleges,” “The Best Value Colleges,” “The Best 296 Business Schools” and “The Best 169 Law Schools.” All Princeton Review rankings are accessible at www.princetonreview.com.



1.     Harvard University

2.     Babson College

3.     University of Michigan

4.     Rice University

5.     Stanford University

6.     Northwestern University

7.     Brigham Young University

8.     The University of Texas at Austin

9.     The University of Chicago

10. University of Virginia

11. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

12. University of Washington

13. University of South Florida

14. City University of New York

15. Washington University in St. Louis

16. Temple University

17. Syracuse University

18. University of Oklahoma

19. University of Arizona

20. DePaul University

21. University of Southern California

22. University of Louisville

23. University of Utah

24. University of Missouri, Kansas City

25. Columbia University



1.     Babson College

2.     University of Houston

3.     Baylor University

4.     Brigham Young University

5.     University of Oklahoma

6.     Syracuse University

7.     Northeastern University

8.     University of Southern California

9.     City University of New York

10. Miami University

11. Temple University

12. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

13. University of Dayton

14. Clarkson University

15. DePaul University

16. Washington University in St.Louis

17. Lehigh University

18. University of Michigan

19. University of Washington

20. Texas Christian University

21. University of Maryland, College Park

22. University of Arizona

23. Saint Louis University

24. Bradley University

25. University of Missouri, Kansas City

via Top Entrepreneurial Colleges Press Release.

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