The University of Utah continues to lead in entrepreneurship education.
The David Eccles School of Business and its Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute jumped to No. 17 for graduate and No. 24 for undergraduate entrepreneur programs in the new rankings announced today by the Princeton Review. Last year, the U ranked No. 23 for graduate programs. The U’s undergraduate entrepreneur program was not included in the top 25 last year.
The new ranking comes as the Eccles School has made major expansions to its many entrepreneurship offerings, which now total 32 programs that reached 3,400 students during the 2014-15 academic year.
Among the biggest developments is Lassonde Studios, a $45 million building with 400 student residences and a 20,000-square-foot “garage” open to all students to build prototypes and launch companies. The facility will open in fall 2016. All students can apply now to live at Lassonde Studios at lassonde.utah.edu/studios.
In the classroom, students can choose from a rapidly growing number of options. The Eccles School offers a major and minor in entrepreneurship and an interdisciplinary certificate available to all undergraduate students. Next year, the school expects to add an interdisciplinary certificate for graduate students and a master’s degree in innovation management.
Beyond the classroom, the U continues to be among the best schools for prize money available to student entrepreneurs, with the support of donors like Zions Bank. The U’s programs awarded $660,000 in cash to student projects in 2014-15.
“Entrepreneurship is one of our core strengths at the Eccles School,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “Our founder, David Eccles, was one of the first entrepreneurs in Utah, and we are living up to his legacy. We have an amazing entrepreneurship program, and we are highly entrepreneurial in how we approach business education.”
The Princeton Review ranks schools nationally based on a wide range of data. It reports the top 50 schools for entrepreneurship – 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate. It has reported these lists annually since 2006 in partnership with Entrepreneur magazine.