From over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, Belmont University was recognized as having one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country. Belmont ranked 18th in the undergraduate category of the survey, the only Tennessee program to be included. The eighth 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.
Dr. Jeff Cornwall, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, said, “I continue to be amazed by the entrepreneurial spirit of our students. It is their success being recognized by these awards. We need this generation of entrepreneurs to help us revitalize our economy and reignite the free market.”
Dr. Pat Raines, dean of the College of Business Administration and interim provost, added, “Once again, everyone at Belmont University is thrilled that our entrepreneurship program is listed among the Top 25 in the country by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review. The curriculum our experienced faculty deliver provides our students with the skills needed to start businesses in the virtual economy or the global economy. Opportunities for interacting in the community with local entrepreneurs, competing in business plan competitions and getting involved in our student-run businesses or Hatchery system foster the hands-on emphasis of our programs.”
Belmont’s entrepreneurship program was evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs.
“Behind the top ranked schools is not only a great formal classroom experience, but a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching entrepreneurship that embraces and encourages a student’s vision to build a successful business,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing and nationally recognized expert on college admissions.
“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” commented Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”
The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands today, September 21.
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