Ball State's entrepreneurship program moves up in rankings

Topic: Miller College of Business

September 16, 2008

Ball State University's undergraduate entrepreneurship program has climbed to 11th in the sixth annual ranking released this week by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review.

The program was ranked at 20th in 2007 and has been consistently listed in the top 25 since 2003. Ball State's program is listed ahead of those at Baylor University, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Cincinnati.

This is the second major recognition of the undergraduate program in the last month. In late August, the program was tied for 10th in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The publication also touted Ball State as the nation's 14th best "Schools to Watch," a new listing honored colleges and universities that are making the most promising and innovative changes.

The latest rankings are based on academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences.

Mike Goldsby, interim director of the entrepreneurship program and the Stoops distinguished professor of entrepreneurship, said the latest rankings signify Ball State's reputation as an entrepreneurial university.

"For more than 20 years, Ball State has been educating students to be leaders in an entrepreneurial-centered economy," he said. "Our talented alumni are building new businesses that are paving the way for new ways of thinking when it comes to creating jobs, technologies and ideas."

The entrepreneurship program is a groundbreaking initiative of Ball State's Miller College of Business and has been lauded nationally as the ultimate entrepreneurial experience. The program features a final pass-or-fail class that requires seniors to put their degrees on the line when their business plans are analyzed by a group of top business leaders just days before graduation.

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