UTD and TCU Rank Among Top 50 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs

The Princeton Review's 14th annual survey named UTD 13th and TCU 15th. Each North Texas university houses an institute for entrepreneurship studies within the business school.

The UTD Jindal School of Management’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) ranked No. 13 for the top 50 Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneur Magazine. The TCU Neeley School of Business’ Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ranked at No. 15.

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine partnered to name the top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies.

The Princeton Review’s 14th annual survey examined more than 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. A 60-question survey considered each institutions’ ability and dedication to providing access to mentorship programs, professors and alumni, and scholarships and grants. It also looked at how well the university created an environment where ideas can flourish. 

On the undergraduate list, the University of Houston took the top spot, where more than 1,200 businesses have been started by graduates over the past ten years. Among the top 15 are five other Texas schools: Baylor University (No. 5), University of Texas (No. 14), and TCU (No. 15). 

“These schools have truly robust offerings in entrepreneurship studies,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor in chief, in a statement. “Their faculties are outstanding. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and the financial and networking support their students receive is extraordinary.”

UTD’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) 

Ranking at 13th in the top undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship studies, UT Dallas offers 20 entrepreneur-related courses, with 1,500-plus students enrolled in the classes. More than 288 startups have been launched in the last five years by UTD grads.

The university also recently ranked first among Texas public universities on Forbes’ list of best value colleges. 

The IIE program offers innovative spaces like the Venture Development Center, a makerspace, and the DFW 2018 Tech Titan award winning Blackstone LaunchPad, which is home to the CometX Accelerator program. The CometX Accelerator program is a ten-week experiential program that puts faculty, staff, and current students into an “incubator” for ideas. 

Other experiential programs include Innovate(her), a program to educate young women about technology, finance, and the entrepreneurial mindset, and the Big Idea Competition, the largest startup pitch competition at UT Dallas. There’s also the GalXc Accelerator program, the Seed Fund Venture Analyst Program, and the UTDesign Startup Challenge. 

TCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The ranking extolled the TCU Neeley School of Business for combining strategic coursework with co-curricular activities, facilitated by research and professors across the Department for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the campus-wide TCU Neeley Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

TCU Neeley has 35 entrepreneur-related courses, with 709 students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes.

Co-curricular programs include the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition, which is the largest undergraduate business plan competition in the nation; TCU Elevator Pitch Competition; Create, powered by the Bill Shaddock Seed Fund (startup capital for TCU students); Entrepreneurial Intern Scholars; Cowtown Angels Fellows; and the Jane and Pat Bolin Innovation Forum. 

“While top performance in national rankings will never exhaustively define the contributions our faculty, staff, students and stakeholders make every day, this recognition is a testament to our commitment to prepare entrepreneurial leaders who advance business and society by catalyzing the communities they serve,” Daniel Pullin, the John V. Roach Dean and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said in a statement.

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