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Whitman Entrepreneurship Programs Ranked in Top 20 by The Princeton Review
The Whitman School‘s entrepreneurship programs offers one of the best programs for students aspiring to launch their own businesses according to The Princeton Review. The education services company named the school’s undergraduate entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises program #16 and the graduate program #15 on its list of “Top 25 Schools for Entrepreneurship of 2018,” accessible at www.princetonreview.com/best-business-schools.
“We are thrilled to remain among the best schools in the country for entrepreneurship, especially as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week on campus,” says Alexander McKelvie, associate professor and department chair for entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at Whitman. “It’s continued validation of our faculty and staff’s hard work to offer a rigorous, innovative entrepreneurship program for our students.”
The EEE program, which last year taught a record-breaking 3,000 students at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, is unique through the creation of its four teaching tracks to prepare students for future careers in new venture creation, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and family business. This allows students to be well-suited for the unique challenges in any entrepreneurial setting, whether it is in new or old companies, small or large organizations, not-for-profits or family businesses.
“These colleges and business schools have superb entrepreneurship programs,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “We highly recommend them to any applicant aspiring to launch a business. Their faculties are truly engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and the financial and networking support their students and programs receive via donors and alumni is extraordinary.”
The EEE undergraduate curriculum combines classroom time with experiential learning opportunities and real-world business practice. Culminating in a senior year capstone experience where all students start a high-growth new venture and present it to a panel of external judges, EEE students gain invaluable hands-on experiences through intensive and interactive group-oriented projects. The one-year M.S. in entrepreneurship (MSE) program is designed for students who want a “mini-MBA” with a key focus on entrepreneurship. There is also a newly-created online master’s degree, Entrepreneurship@Syracuse. Both programs offer a rigorous entrepreneurial immersion with a large number of hands-on experiential learning courses.
Aimed at developing the entrepreneur within, the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship serves as the cornerstone of Whitman’s top-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises program, helping to facilitate entrepreneurial activity on campus, as well as across local and regional communities. A recipient of the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence award, the Falcone Center provides valuable entrepreneurial resources through the Couri Hatchery business incubator, the WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Business Center, the South Side Innovation Center and veteran’s entrepreneurship training, such as the Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program.
Information about The Princeton Review’s survey methodology and criteria for the rankings, plus its detailed profiles of the schools are also accessible at http://www.princetonreview.com/best-business-schools.