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11-18-2016

Clarkson University Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in Top-25 by Princeton Review & Entrepreneur Magazine

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is again one of the top 25 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Bertrand H. Snell HallThe two have named Clarkson to their undergraduate schools list of "Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2017," where it ranks #22 www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur .

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.

This is Clarkson's fifth straight year in the top-25 list.

"We are honored The Princeton Review has recognized our programs that enable students to start real businesses and learn the principles of entrepreneurship through developing real products and services and bringing them to the marketplace," said Clarkson School of Business Dean Dayle M. Smith. "The entrepreneurship opportunities at Clarkson empower our students in the classroom, in extracurricular initiatives on campus, and in partnerships abroad. The interdisciplinary programming cultivates a vibrant entrepreneurial community across campus, and students are encouraged to get involved with design challenges and work closely with the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Shipley Center for Innovation."

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.

"Entrepreneurship is a way of life at Clarkson. Through experiential programs at the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, hands-on assistance at the Shipley Center for Innovation, and engaging curriculum, students across disciplines form teams, create new ventures, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset," said Erin Draper, director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship. "We are proud that this designation once again acknowledges 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 2017 Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Program are online at http://www.clarkson.edu/equity .

"These colleges and business 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."

"We’re honored to join Princeton Review in spotlighting these schools for their role in cultivating entrepreneurship," says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine. "It's exciting that schools across the country are embracing entrepreneurism, exploring and developing new ways to promote it, and preparing their students for an ever-changing economy that's full of opportunities. And it'll be even more exciting to see what these students do next."

The top entrepreneurship program lists are posted on the Princeton Review's website at http://www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.

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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