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TCU Entrepreneurship Program Ranks Top 25 in the Country Five Years in a Row

The TCU Neeley School of Business continues to bring in accolades as a premier entrepreneurship hub. Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review once again place TCU in the Top 25 in the country. 

November 10,  2015

By Elaine Cole

The TCU Neeley School of Business is recognized as No. 20 in the U.S. for our strength and value in teaching and supporting entrepreneurial thinking, and for the success and achievements of our students, alumni and faculty.

The Princeton Review surveyed thousands of colleges for the Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship 2016, featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur. 

The importance TCU Neeley places on entrepreneurial thinking is evident in the curriculum, programs, opportunities and faculty expertise, especially since founding the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center in 2001.

Today, TCU Neeley offers 44 entrepreneurship-related courses, plus a faculty fellowship program comprised of faculty members from other disciplines at TCU, such as engineering, communication, chemistry, dance and nursing. Over the last ten years, TCU entrepreneurial management majors have started 90 companies and collectively raised $1,917,075 in funding.

The Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership at TCU Neeley is made up of 26 faculty members, including Garry Bruton, the 30th most cited business professor in the world, and Ray Smilor, named a Top 25 Entrepreneurship Professor in the country. The Neeley Entrepreneurship Center features two entrepreneurs-in-residence, Brad Hancock, the Davis Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and Michael Sherrod, the William M. Dickey Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

The Entrepreneurship Club at TCU is the largest student organization on campus and consistently wins national awards for leadership and programs.

In 2014-15, the annual Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition awarded $78,550 in cash prizes to undergraduate college students with viable values-centered for-profit business plans. TCU students with winning business plans earned $4,500 in funding through the Bill Shaddock Venture Capital Fund, the TCU Elevator Pitch Competition and other competitions. In addition, 143 individual mentors worked with TCU students through an officially sponsored school program.

TCU Neeley also ranks No. 20 in the nation for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report.

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For the complete ranking by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur, visit