May 14, 2012

Neeley Ranks 9th in Bloomberg Businessweek Entrepreneurship Rankings

The Neeley School of Business at TCU is the highest ranked Texas business school for entrepreneurship in the annual ranking of undergraduate specialties

The undergraduate Entrepreneurial Management program in the Neeley School of Business at TCU has been ranked No. 9 in the nation in Bloomberg Businessweek's 2012 ranking of the top undergraduate business programs, ahead of all other Texas business schools. 

The Neeley School’s undergraduate marketing program ranked No. 26. Neeley is ranked No. 28 overall for Best Undergraduate Business School.

As part of its ranking of the nation’s top undergraduate business programs, Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed more than 85,000 students at 124 top business schools and asked them to rate their program’s performance in 14 undergraduate academic disciplines, ranging from entrepreneurship and accounting to marketing and sustainability.

The top 10 entrepreneurship ranking reflects the balance of outstanding academics and engaging learning opportunities that prepare TCU students for entrepreneurial endeavors across academic disciplines.

Neeley entrepreneurship faculty members are recognized around the world for their expertise and research. Many have significant experience as entrepreneurs themselves. Their knowledge creates an engaging learning atmosphere that is supported by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center and the TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization on campus.

The top 10 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs for 2012 are:

  1. Babson
  2. Syracuse/Whitman
  3. Cornell/Dyson
  4. USC/Marshall
  5. Richmond/Robins
  6. Rensselaer Polytechnic/Lally
  7. Washington U.-St. Louis/Olin
  8. North Carolina-Chapel Hill/Kenan-Flagler
  9. TCU/Neeley
  10. Baylor/Hankamer.

Other Texas business schools making the entrepreneurship ranking for 2012 are Houston/Bauer at 19, SMU/Cox at 25 and UTDallas at 31.

The academic ranking goes hand-in-hand with several successful initiatives of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center:

  • The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization national conference in October 2011 brought 900 college students and faculty from across the nation to Fort Worth.
  • The Values and Ventures program launched last year and includes an annual competition for undergraduate students to present a plan for a values-based, for-profit business, and the Bolin Innovation Forum.  The 2012 Richard Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition welcomed teams from 17 U.S. universities, one from Mexico, two from Canada, one from Croatia and one from The Netherlands. Total prize money was $42,500, and 26 judges presided.
  • The Coleman Faculty Fellows, begun in 2010, integrates entrepreneurship education across the TCU campus to engineering, chemistry, nursing, English, journalism, theatre, political science, and design, merchandising and textiles.
  • The TCU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (TCU CEO), the largest chapter in the U.S., hosts events such as Dinner with a CEO, Entrepreneur’s Road Trip, a mentor program and more.

Neeley is ranked No. 21 in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine, and the entrepreneurship program was honored as the 2011 National Model Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU