Sept. 19, 2013 – The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah has ranked among the top 25 schools for entrepreneurship for the third year in the annual survey by the Princeton Review released today. The graduate program at the David Eccles School of Business ranked 23 among more than 2,000 institutions across the country.
“We have consistently ranked high for entrepreneurship, and we continue to build strengths in this area,” says Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “The ranking is evidence of our exceptional faculty and our motivated students that get hands-on experience starting real companies.”
The rankings are based on surveys sent to administrators from April to June 2013. The Princeton Review reports the top 50 schools for entrepreneurship – 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs. The Princeton Review has reported these lists annually since 2006 in partnership with Entrepreneur Media Inc., publisher of Entrepreneur magazine.
Three years ago, the David Eccles School of Business debuted on this list after years of growing interest and emphasis in entrepreneurship. It has consistently appeared in the rankings since then and continues to add entrepreneurship learning opportunities and experienced faculty.
Among the areas of growth at the David Eccles School of Business is a new interdisciplinary entrepreneurship certificate offered to students from any major. The program will enroll the first class of students in spring 2014. The certificate is offered in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute has seen continual growth since its founding in 2000. The institute provides a wide range of programs to engage students interested in entrepreneurship and give them a hands-on learning experience. Programs include a student business discover center, business plan competitions, a medical device competition, youth innovation and a program that allows graduate students to write business plans for faculty inventors. Thousands of students participate in these programs each year.
“We are rapidly growing all of our programs to keep up with demand and interest in entrepreneurship activities across campus,” says Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “We work hard to make each program as meaningful as it can be by attracting students from all grades and majors.”
About the David Eccles School of Business
From its beginnings in 1896 as part of the Economics and Sociology Department, what is now the David Eccles School of Business educates nearly 3,500 students a year and boasts more than 31,000 alumni. Students manage a university venture fund of $18.3 million, the largest of its kind in the nation. In January 2012, the school opened the new $72 million Spencer F. Eccles Building, offering students a cutting-edge learning environment packed with state-of-the-art technology.