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09-19-2013

Clarkson University Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top-15 by Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is again one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Best Entrepreneurship Colleges: The Princeton Review 2014The two have named Clarkson to their 2014 list of "Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs," where it ranks #14.

Based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions, the annual list salutes 25 undergraduate programs for their excellence in entrepreneurship education.

"Our continued top-15 ranking is a testament to Clarkson's commitment and passion for leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation across our campus, the region and around the world," said Clarkson School of Business Dayle M. Smith. "Our entrepreneurship program is well positioned for further growth in scholarship, outreach, and experiential programs that enhance the student experience, create vibrant communities and prepare our graduates for success."

The Princeton Review chooses the top schools based on a wide range of institutional data it evaluates for this project. Schools are asked about the levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of their faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and their funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects.

"The Reh Center’s portfolio of experiential entrepreneurship programs provides students with opportunities for the true application of entrepreneurial skills and has created a culture of risk-taking, creativity, and interdisciplinary problem solving," said Erin Draper, director of operations for Clarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. "Further, involving students in the Reh Center's outreach work provides service learning opportunities that enhance our region and create engaged students. This designation as a national leader is evidence of the University's commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship."

Clarkson has also been nationally recognized for its annual competition in which up to five young entrepreneurs or innovators have an opportunity to attend Clarkson without tuition through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the acquisition by the University of an ownership interest in their business ventures. Applications for the 2014 Young Innovators and Entrepreneurs Program are online at http://www.clarkson.edu/equity .

Last fall, ABC News asked PayScale to name the schools with new graduates who earn more than Harvard’s and Clarkson was among just 12 schools on the list. AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) lists Clarkson in the nation's top-30 private universities that offer a return on investment of at least $1 million. ACO also recently ranked Clarkson in New York state's top-10 for colleges and universities that provide the highest return on investment (ROI).

U.S. News also lists Clarkson as #1 in the nation for graduates with the most internship experience and in the nation's top-12 for its online graduate business programs. Of students graduating in Clarkson’s Class of 2012 and using the campus Career Services Center, 96 percent reported being placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation.

“We commend Clarkson University and all of the other institutions on our list this year not only for their superb faculties and wide range of courses in entrepreneurship, but also for their out-of-class offerings," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP / Publisher. "Their students have extraordinary opportunities to network with established entrepreneurs, interact on teams that turn promising ideas into possible start-ups, and develop skills to launch their own successful businesses."

"Our annual ranking provides current and potential entrepreneurs with an overview of the best programs out there that will help cultivate their passions," said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. "The opportunity to expand a skillset or network with business influentials can launch a career forward or infuse new perspectives into a company's growth strategy. The competitive edge these institutions provide is reason enough to see their value, no matter how untraditional the entrepreneurial pursuit may be."

The top entrepreneurship program lists are posted on the Princeton Review's website at www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur . Entrepreneur has also posted a feature on the ranking lists on its website at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. The magazine's feature article will appear in its October issue, available on newsstands September 24.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/entrepreneurship-2014.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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