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Clarkson University Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top-20 by Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is again one of the top 20 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Snell HallThe two have named Clarkson to their undergraduate schools list of "Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2016," where it ranks #17 .

Based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 300 institutions with entrepreneurship programs, the annual list salutes 25 undergraduate programs for their excellence in entrepreneurship education.

"We are honored to be recognized for our programs that enable students to start actual businesses and learn the principles of entrepreneurship by bringing real products and services to the marketplace," said Clarkson School of Business Dean Dayle M. Smith. "The interdisciplinary programming fosters a vibrant entrepreneurial community across campus, and there are plans for design challenges and working closely with START-UP NY, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Shipley Center for Innovation. These opportunities empower our students both in the classroom and in extracurricular initiatives on the Clarkson campus and in partnerships abroad."

The Princeton Review chooses the top schools based on a wide range of institutional data it evaluates for this project. Schools are asked about the levels of their commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of their faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors, the number of their mentorship programs, and their funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects.

"The Reh Center for Entrepreneurship provides engaging programming that drives the formation of entrepreneurial teams among both undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines," said Erin Draper, director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. "Our emphasis on developing strong entrepreneurs creates a culture of entrepreneurship throughout campus, and we are proud that this designation once again recognizes Clarkson as a national leader in entrepreneurship education."

Clarkson has also been nationally recognized for its annual competition in which up to five young entrepreneurs or innovators have an opportunity to attend Clarkson without tuition through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the acquisition by the University of an ownership interest in their business ventures. Applications for the 2016 Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Program are online at .

"These colleges and b-schools have superb entrepreneurship programs," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. "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."

"Formal instruction and mentorship from great minds in business can help leaders prepare for the challenges that come with entrepreneurship," said Amy Cosper, VP and editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. "The schools in our annual list have ranked high for creating some of the best environments to nurture the pursuit of building a business from the ground up."

The top entrepreneurship program lists are posted on the Princeton Review's website at

Entrepreneur will publish its feature article on the list in its December issue available on newsstands Nov. 17 and on .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University students pass by Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of Clarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship.

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