UIC Ranks Named One of Top 25 Graduate Entrepreneurship Programs in Nation


Chicago, IL (September 21, 2010) –
From over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, UIC was recognized as having one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the country. UIC ranked as one of the top 25 in the graduate category of the survey for the fourth year in a row.

The eighth annual ranking reveals the nation’s top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate programs for entrepreneurship. UIC’s ranking can be seen at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.  

“The College of Business Administration at UIC has a special emphasis on entrepreneurship, and it is an important part of our mission to serve the young people of the Chicago region,” says Rod Shrader, Denton Thorne Chair in Entrepreneurship at UIC. “Even in a down economy, they remain optimistic, and part of it has to do with the spirit of entrepreneurship, which is what we teach.”

UIC was evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their programs.

“Behind the top ranked schools is not only a great formal classroom experience, but a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching entrepreneurship that embraces and encourages a student’s vision to build a successful business,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing and nationally recognized expert on college admissions.

“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” commented Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”

The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands today, September 21st.

The College of Business Administration is a research-based institution located in the heart of Chicago that cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurship through real-world experience. The college is home to more than 2,000 undergraduates and more than 600 in the Liautaud Graduate School of Business. The college is also home to prominent centers for learning that contribute to the education of students and success of the global business community.

The UIC Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies' mission is to champion the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set among students, faculty and the community at large. IES expands awareness and knowledge of new venture opportunities, offers methods for creating and growing enterprises and celebrates the important role entrepreneurship plays in the growth of the global economy.

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