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TCU Entrepreneurship Program Ranks 20th in the Nation and Tops in the Metroplex

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine announce the results of the annual survey that names the top 25 undergraduate schools offering the best entrepreneurship studies out of 2,000 nationally. 

September 16,  2014

By Elaine Cole

From more than 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review in 2014, TCU earned the No. 20 spot in the nation for 2015 Top Entrepreneurial Programs: Undergraduate. This is the fourth year that TCU has ranked in the top 25 for entrepreneurship studies. No other Dallas/Fort Worth university is ranked. Babson University is ranked No. 1.

See the complete list at www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur. Read the feature article in the October issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands September 23.

The Top 25 ranking is one of several accolades for the TCU entrepreneurship program. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks TCU 6thnationally for entrepreneurship. The TCU entrepreneurship program is honored as a National Model Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Entrepreneurship Club at TCU is the Best Student Chapter in the Nation as honored by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

“Innovation is key to all that we do in the Neeley School of Business at TCU,” O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School, said. “In our entrepreneurship program, we couple that with a values-centered approach, best exemplified by the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition. We validate the premise that students can start a prosperous business and make meaningful contributions at the same time.”

The Princeton Review asked university administrators 60 questions covering level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom; percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; and the number and reach of mentorship programs. The company also asked schools about scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies, and support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at TCU hosts the worldwide Richard Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition, now in its fifth year. Other successful initiatives include the Bill Shaddock Venture Capital Fund, the Glenn Entrepreneurial Intern Scholars Program, TCU Elevator Pitch Competition and the TCU Coleman Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship, a program that encourages entrepreneurial thinking in all majors across the TCU campus. The Entrepreneurship Club at TCU hosts a Distinguished Speaker Series, Dinner with a CEO, Entrepreneur’s Road Trip and mentor program.

“These extraordinary college and b-school programs have superb faculties truly engaged in entrepreneurism, awesome out-of-class offerings and enduring support from donors and alumni,” Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP-publisher, commented. “[Students] will have extraordinary opportunities to interact with successful entrepreneurs, learn from outstanding mentors and hone skills to launch their own exciting businesses.”