Princeton Review Methodology for Determining Best Entrepreneurship College

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Each year the Princeton Review conducts a survey to determine the top entrepreneurship Colleges in the USA. The methodology below provides some insight into what they, and leading entrepreneurship Colleges, think is important. This year, The Princeton Review conducted the survey from April 2013 through June 2013.

1. Academics and Requirements:

Schools were asked if they offer entrepreneurship programs, majors or minors and to specify the total number of courses offered, as well as the types: entrepreneurial finance, law, management and marketing; social entrepreneurship; new product development; venture capital; or 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 programs use a team-driven approach, in which students from various disciplines are paired together.

2. Student and Faculty:

The institutions were asked what percentage of the total student body in the 2012-2013 academic year was formally enrolled in the entrepreneurship program and what percentage was enrolled in an entrepreneurship-related course. They were also asked what percentage of formally enrolled entrepreneurship students in their most recent graduation class had launched a business or run a successful business.

3. Outside the Classroom:

Schools were asked whether they have partnerships with other schools that allow access to their entrepreneurship programs. Other questions concerned the scope of the entrepreneurship scholarships, noncurriculum-based entrepreneurial activities and official mentorship programs available to entrepreneurship students.

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