The Turner Center for Entrepreneurship at Bradley is all about strategy. The center helps both students and community members mitigate, assess, and deal with risks in business through programs like "Starting Your Business in Illinois." The center also provides a wealth of resources through its website for anyone interested in getting started in entrepreneurship.
23. Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business understands that learning can happen in many ways, and focuses on providing a variety of programs for students. For example, through the Diplomate program, students participate in workshops, hear from speakers, and put their skills to the test in competitions.
22. University of Arizona
US News ranks Arizona's entrepreneurship program No. 6 in the country, and for good reason. The school's McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, which is open to all majors, takes a hands-on approach to learning. During the year-long program, students not only take relevant classes, but develop and launch their own venture, start to finish.
21. University of Maryland at College Park
College Park, Maryland
Freshmen and sophomores at Maryland involved in the immersive entrepreneurship and innovation program live together as a community, fostering an environment of creativity and support. These students not only live and study together, but participate in a number of co-curricular activities such as workshops, speakers, and case studies.
TCU's entrepreneurial management major in the Neely School of Business prepares students to manage people, money, and information. The school focuses on building leadership skills that will support graduates in any career in addition to teaching them the hard skills needed to run a business.
19. University of Washington
Students of any major can join Startup UW at the University of Washington. The club hosts weekly meetings to connect entrepreneurship-minded students, as well as quarterly events such as BarkTank, where students get the chance to pitch to real investors and VCs. The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business also offers classes where students learn to build business plans and launch new ventures.
Lehigh's Baker Institute sponsors several programs aimed at getting students in touch with their inner entrepreneurs. LehighSiliconValley is a three-credit experiential program that places students in the heart of Silicon Valley for a week, allowing them to observe real-life examples of entrepreneurial problems and solutions. Lehigh's startup internship grant awards students up to $3,000 so they can afford their dream internships — paid or unpaid.
DePaul's Coleman Entrepreneurship Center helps guide and support students in entrepreneurial ventures both on campus and in the greater Chicago area. The center connects students with veteran entrepreneurs, helps them find internship opportunities, and provides support as they build and grow their own businesses.
University of Dayton's entrepreneurship program, which undergraduates can apply to during their freshman year, walks students through every aspect of bringing a new business to fruition. Students don't wait until after graduation to test out their skills, either — all sophomores get the chance to create and run a microbusiness with $5,000 in start-up capital, with support from the Crotty Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Within the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch students can choose to either major or minor in entrepreneurship, where they acquire the skills to both start their own businesses and to be self-starters at established companies. In addition to their core classes, students choose from a host of electives, including social entrepreneurship and technology, innovation, and design in entrepreneurship.
8. University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Within the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, part of USC's Marshall School of Business, students can specialize their entrepreneurial interests through six interdisciplinary minors, including game entrepreneurism, the digital entrepreneur, and technology commercialization. Graduates have gone on to found well-known companies, including Kinko's, Quiksilver, and Salesforce.com.
In Syracuse's Whitman School of Management, students can major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises (triple-E), where they gain access to programs like the Couri Hatchery, a student-centered business incubator; and the Panasci business plan competition, a campus-wide competition where the top teams earn prize money to get their ventures off the ground. Triple-E graduates earn an average starting salary of $50,563.
At the Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, BYU students are encouraged to dig into their entrepreneurial ideas through the center's "learn, earn, and return" motto. Students receive mentorships from fellow entrepreneurs, enter competitions to make their ideas a reality, and network with Rollins alumni.
3. Baylor University
Baylor students who major in entrepreneurship and corporate innovation within the Hankamer School of Business learn the ins and outs of starting a new business through classes such as "Franchising: Franchisee & Franchisor Perspectives" and "Entrepreneurial Leadership." Undergraduates can also live in the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Center where they're surrounded by other like-minded students and receive additional support from faculty.
No two businesses — or entrepreneurs — are alike. So at Babson, both undergraduate and graduate students can personalize their studies through customized two-week programs that specialize on a certain aspect of entrepreneurship. Babson's overall entrepreneurship program also earned the No. 1 ranking from US News.