The Princeton Review chose the schools for its 2017 undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship rankings based on surveys of schools conducted from May through August 2016. More than 300 schools reported data about their entrepreneurship offerings. The survey methodology is based on the following fields.

Academics and Requirements

  • School offers a major, minor, concentration or degree program in entrepreneurship? 

  • School offers an entrepreneurship center where students can engage in the study and or practice of entrepreneurship?

  • School offers entrepreneurship courses?

  • Course options offered at school:

    • Corporate Entrepreneurship
    • E-business
    • Entrepreneurial finance
    • Entrepreneurial law
    • Entrepreneurial management
    • Entrepreneurial marketing
    • Family business
    • Feasibility Analysis
    • Franchising
    • International entrepreneurship
    • Introduction to entrepreneurship
    • Introduction to New Business Ventures 
    • New product development
    • New Venture Finance
    • New Venture Management
    • Social entrepreneurship
    • Technology Commercialization
    • Technology Feasibility
    • Venture capital
  • Entrepreneurship Students have opportunity to participate in:

    • Team learning
    • Experiential learning
    • Internships
    • Entrepreneurship courses
    • Opportunity to consult for small business owners
  • Entrepreneurship offerings employ a team-driven approach in at least one entrepreneurship focused course where the teams consist of students from across disciplines and programs? (e.g. Entrepreneurship students work with grad STEM students to develop ideas or products)

  • In total, how many entrepreneurship-related courses does school offer?

Students and Faculty

  • The total enrollment (full-time and part-time) in school’s entrepreneurship offerings for the 2015-2016 academic year?

  • What percentage of the total student body (full-time and part-time degree seeking) were enrolled in an entrepreneurship offering for 2015-2016 academic year?

  • Total number faculty (full, part-time, or adjunct) teaching at least one entrepreneurship course during the 2015-16 academic year: for 2015-2016 academic year?

  • Number of departments represented by entrepreneurship faculty

  • What percentage of school’s total entrepreneurship faculty have started, bought, or run a business?

  • For the 2015-16 academic year, what percentage of formally enrolled entrepreneurship students have developed an actionable plan with assumption testing to launch a business while at school?

Alumni Entrepreneurship Ventures

  • Total number of companies started by graduates over the last five years:

    • The total dollar amount of funding these businesses have raised
    • Of the companies started by school’s graduates over the last five years what percentage are still in business?
  • Total number of companies started by graduates over the last ten years:

    • The total dollar amount of funding these businesses have raised
    • Of the companies started by school’s graduates over the last ten years what percentage are still in business?

Outside the Classroom

  • School has partnerships with other institutions of higher learning (outside of own university) that allow their students to take advantage of their entrepreneurship offerings?

  • How many officially-recognized clubs/organizations does school offer that to support entrepreneurial efforts?

  • During the 2015-16 academic year, school offered at least one officially sponsored program where students are mentored (e.g. continual active contact working on a project in person or online or through a course) by individuals outside of the university

  • During the 2015-16 academic year how many individual mentors worked with students through an officially sponsored school program?

Competitions Hosted by School/Program

  • Did school host any of the following programs in the 15-16 academic year?

    • Business Plan Competition
    • New Venture Competition
    • Hackathon
    • Shark Tank Inspired Competition
    • Start Up Weekend
    • Pitch Deck Competition
    • Business Model Canvas Competition
    • App or Game Development Competition
  • If school hosted any of these competitions, what were the total cash prizes awarded?

  • If school hosted any of these competitions, what were the total cash value of in-kind prizes awarded?

  • During the 2015-16 academic year, what was the total dollar amount of prize money won by students enrolled in entrepreneurship offerings at their school in competitions?

  • During the 2015-16 academic year, what was the total cash value of in-kind prizes won by students enrolled in entrepreneurship offerings at their school in competitions?

Scholarships & Aid

  • Does school offer at least one endowed scholarship specifically for the study of entrepreneurship?

  • If yes, what is the total dollar amount available?