Ball State's entrepreneurship program makes top 25 list by Fortune Small Business

Topic: Miller College of Business

September 14, 2007

Ball State is being touted for having one of the nation's top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs by Fortune Small Business magazine.
 
In its September issue, the 2.4 million-circulation publication praised Ball State as part of a comprehensive review of entrepreneur programs, "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs." 

The article about Ball State may be seen at money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fsb/0708/gallery.bestcolleges_undergrads.fsb/2.html.

The magazine cited Ball State's intensive "senior sweat program," a final "pass or fail" class that challenges seniors to put their degrees on the line when their business plans are reviewed by a group of top business leaders just days before graduation.

About 40 percent of this rigorous program's graduates go on to launch or purchase their own companies, according to a survey of Ball State's entrepreneurship alumni.

"The selection by Fortune Small Business is a reflection of the quality and uniqueness of our entrepreneurship program, which has an immersive learning focus," said Larry Cox, director of Ball State's Entrepreneurship Center in the Miller College of Business. "We are very proud to be educating the nation's next generation of future entrepreneurs."

Started more than 20 years ago, Ball State's entrepreneurship program has been listed regularly among the nation's best. In August, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ball State eighth in the country - ahead of similar business programs at Syracuse University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of California-Berkeley, University of Maryland-College Park and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The entrepreneurship program has been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News since 1999.

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