From more than 2,300 schools surveyed by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review, Belmont University was distinguished as having one of the top 25 entrepreneurship programs. Belmont ranked 23rd in the undergraduate category of the survey.
The sixth annual ranking reveals the nation’s Top 25 undergraduate and Top 25 graduate programs for entrepreneurship. Belmont’s ranking can be seen at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges, along with information on overall trends found with social and environmental entrepreneurship, experiential learning and entrepreneurship as a means of reaching out both internationally and locally.
“Belmont made the commitment to create a quality program in entrepreneurship, and I am proud that we have been able to make so much progress in only five years,” said Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship and holder of the Jack C. Massey Chair in Entrepreneurship. “To be singled out from the hundreds of universities across the country is a testimony to the support we have gotten from the students, alumni, faculty, staff and administration of Belmont and the Nashville business community.”
Belmont’s program also received the National Model Undergraduate Program of the Year by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship earlier this year. College of Business Dean Pat Raines noted, “The unprecedented recognition that the entrepreneurship program at Belmont University has received is a direct result of the high quality, student-centered programs that we have developed. We are delighted to be included in such a prestigious list of schools with outstanding entrepreneurship programs.”
Belmont was evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences. Amy Cosper, VP/editor in chief at Entrepreneur, said, “Each school that made the list demonstrates excellence in one or more areas—whether in regards to course offerings, the success of students post-graduation, sponsored mentorship programs or other important factors. Schools that made the ranking are an excellent research starting point for prospective entrepreneurship students.”
The joint efforts bring together The Princeton Review’s renowned expertise in research and education with Entrepreneur’s in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs today. The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands on Sept. 23.