From more than 2,300 schools surveyed by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review, Baruch College has been named one of the 25 best graduate entrepreneurship programs nationwide.
The sixth annual ranking names the nation’s top 25 undergraduate and top 25 graduate programs for entrepreneurship. Baruch’s ranking can be seen at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges, along with information on overall trends in social and environmental entrepreneurship, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship as a means of reaching out both internationally and locally.
The engine of entrepreneurial studies at Baruch College is the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. The Field Center offers free educational programs, consulting services, and networking opportunities to start-ups and small businesses in the New York area. The Center also provides clinical internships to students at the Zicklin School of Business and conducts research on entrepreneurial activities as a catalyst for economic growth and development.
Under the auspices of the Department of Management, some 75 graduate and 400 undergraduate students major in entrepreneurship at Baruch each year. According to Ramona Heck, Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Field Center, “What’s unique about entrepreneurship at Baruch is the international perspective built in to all our programs. Our incredibly diverse student body is full of young people who either aspire to launch a new business or are already running one.”
For the current rankings, Baruch College was evaluated based on several key criteria in such areas as academic requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences. Amy Cosper, vice president and editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur, noted, “Each school that made the list demonstrates excellence in one or more areas—whether in regard to course offerings, the success of students post-graduation, sponsored mentorship programs, or other important factors. Schools that made the rankings are an excellent research starting point for prospective entrepreneurship students.”
This is the second time that Baruch has been selected for inclusion in Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 25 and the first time its graduate program has been cited. In 2006, Baruch was named one of the Top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.
The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which hits newsstands on September 23.