Darden program for entrepreneurs ranked among nation’s best

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The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business is ranked among the top 10 graduate programs in entrepreneurship in the nation.

The Darden program was No. 8 in the country in annual lists of 25 undergraduate and graduate schools compiled by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
More than 2,000 schools are reviewed to develop the ranking.

Darden trailed graduate entrepreneurial programs at Babson College, the University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Chicago.

Among others, the U.Va. program ranked ahead of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Cornell University, University of Southern California, Tulane University, Columbia University and the University of Maryland,.

The top entrepreneurial programs for undergraduate schools were at:

Babson College
Baylor University
University of Houston
University of Southern California
Washington University in St. Louis
Brigham Young University (UT)
University of Arizona
Temple University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Princeton Review conducted its surveys of school administrators from April through June 2012. The wide range of data the education services company used to evaluate the programs and tally the rankings included: the schools’ levels of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of their faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors and the number and reach of their mentorship programs. The company also considered funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, and their support for school-sponsored business plan competitions. 

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