Belmont’s Program Ranked Highest in Tennessee
Belmont University offers one of the best programs for students aspiring to launch their own businesses in the United States, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company released their “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2016” today and named the school No. 16, the highest ranked in the state of Tennessee. This is the 6th year Belmont has been included on Princeton Review’s list.
Belmont’s Entrepreneurship Program has seen significant success since its initial ranking on Princeton Review’s list. At the 2015 International Collegiate DECA competition where 1,400 students from the U.S. Canada and China participated in events, 21 of Belmont’s 23 students placed in the top ten of their competitions and seven of Belmont’s eight teams advanced to the final round of the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Of those seven teams, Belmont took home the 3rd and 1st place awards for the event. In 2015, Belmont’s Enactus Team placed in the Final 4 of the U.S. National Exposition.
“This is the sixth year that the Massey College of Business entrepreneurship program has been ranked among the most elite schools in the U.S.,” said Dean of the Jack C. Massey College of Business Dr. Pat Raines. “Having nearly 80 percent of our alumni who have started businesses still in operation tells the story that our students are receiving an education that will sustain them as entrepreneurial and ethical business leaders.”
Princeton Review tallies its lists of the top 25 undergraduate programs based on a survey conducted of more than 300 schools offering entrepreneurship studies from May through August 2015. The 60-question survey details each school’s commitment to entrepreneurship education and analyzes more than three dozen data points including the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number and reach of mentorship programs and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects.
Elizabeth Gortmaker, director of Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship said, “We are thrilled to be recognized in the Top 25 for the 2015 rankings. The Center works closely with faculty, staff and students across campus, and through our hard work, we’ve achieved our goal of sustaining an innovative learning community. We provide first-class experiential learning opportunities to prepare entrepreneurial, ethical and socially responsible future business leaders for our dynamic global economy.”
“All of the schools on our lists have superb entrepreneurship programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president – publisher. “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.”
Information about The Princeton Review’s survey methodology, criteria for the rankings and detailed profiles of the schools are accessible at www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.
The Princeton Review also reports rankings of graduate business schools in its annual book, The Best 295 Business Schools, released earlier this year. Belmont’s Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business is also included on that list.