The Princeton Review surveyed more than 300 undergraduate and graduate business schools from May 2015 through August 2015 about their entrepreneurship offerings. The survey is based on the following methodology.
Academics and Requirements
Schools were asked if they offer an entrepreneurship program, major, minor, dedicated center for entrepreneurship, or courses in the subject and to specify the total number of classes offered, as well as the types: entrepreneurial finance, law, management and marketing, social and corporate entrepreneurship, new product development, venture capital, feasibility analysis, technology commercialization and feasibility, among others. Other academic requirements that affect the ranking include the availability of internships, externships, experiential and cooperative learning, and consulting opportunities for small-business owners. Schools were also asked whether their program uses a team-driven approach in which students from various disciplines are paired together.
Students and Faculty
The institutions were asked about the number of students enrolled in their entrepreneurship offerings and what percentage of the total student body during the 2014–15 academic year was enrolled in an entrepreneurship-related course. Schools were asked what percentage of entrepreneurship students developed an actionable plan to launch a business while at their school. They were also asked for the number of companies started by graduates over the last five and ten years, how many of those companies are still in business, and how much funding those businesses have raised. Regarding faculty, institutions were asked percentage of the entrepreneurship faculty had started, bought or run a business and the number of faculty members teaching entrepreneurship courses. Schools were also asked for the number of departments represented by entrepreneurship faculty.
Outside the Classroom
Schools were asked whether they have partnerships with other schools that allow access to their entrepreneurship programs. Schools were also asked for the number of officially recognized clubs and organizations for entrepreneurship students. Other questions concerned the scope of entrepreneurial scholarships, and the number of individual mentors who worked with students through a school-sponsored program. Schools were also asked if they host an annual business plan or new venture competition, hackathon, pitch deck, start up weekend, among others and the amount of the available prize money, as well as the total amount of prize money won at any competition in which their students participated.