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09-16-2014

Clarkson University Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top-15 by Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is again one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Clarkson University students pass by Bertrand H. Snell Hall, home of Clarkson's Reh Center for EntrepreneurshipThe two have named Clarkson to their 2015 list of "Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Programs," where it ranks #14 http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/237330 .

Entrepreneur also notes Clarkson as one of "Five Schools That Cater to Undergrads Who Want to Be Tech Innovators," which lists entrepreneurship programs that highlight offering students the chance to develop new tech products http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237388 .

Based on surveys of business school administrators at more than 2,000 institutions, the annual list salutes 25 undergraduate programs for their excellence in entrepreneurship education.

"We are honored to be recognized for the continuous innovation that characterizes our programs -- from freshman businesses receiving seed money to start actual businesses in a two-semester experience, to the development of interdisciplinary programming bringing together majors across the University and exposing them to principles of entrepreneurship and supporting initiatives that bring real products and services to the marketplace," said Clarkson School of Business Dayle M. Smith." Our vibrant entrepreneurial community is on the move with plans underway for exciting design challenges and working closely with START-UP NY, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Shipley Center for Innovation. We are supporting our students in the classroom as well as in a host of extracurricular and curricular initiatives that make entrepreneurship come alive 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 is leading the way in providing engaging programming that drives cross-disciplinary entrepreneurial team formation among both undergraduate and graduate students," said Erin Draper, director of operations for Clarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. "Our focus on building strong entrepreneurs has resulted in a vibrant entrepreneurial culture throughout campus; we are proud of this continued designation 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 2015 Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Program are online at http://www.clarkson.edu/equity .

Clarkson graduates have some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to the 2014-2015 PayScale College Salary Report. AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) lists Clarkson in the nation's top-30 private universities that offer a return on investment of at least $1 million. ACO also ranked Clarkson in New York state's top-10 for colleges and universities that provide the highest return on investment (ROI).

Of students graduating in Clarkson’s Class of 2013 and using the campus Career Services Center, 95 percent reported being placed in their field of study or career aspiration in the first year after graduation.

“We recommend Clarkson University and all of the other institutions on our list this year not only for their superb faculties and wide range of courses in entrepreneurship, but also for their out-of-class offerings," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP / Publisher. "Their students have extraordinary opportunities to network with established entrepreneurs, interact on teams that turn promising ideas into possible start-ups, and develop skills to launch their own successful businesses."

“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 http://www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur. Entrepreneur has also posted a feature on the ranking lists on its website at http://www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. The magazine's feature article will appear in its October issue, available on newsstands September 23.

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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bhsh-view.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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