UIowa and ISU named top entrepreneurship schools by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has announced the results of its 14th annual survey naming the top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies.

Based on data the education services company collected from more than 300 schools with offerings in entrepreneurship studies, The Princeton Review’s ranking lists for 2020 name 50 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools as outstanding choices for students aspiring to become entrepreneurs.

The University of Iowa and Iowa State University both made the list of top 50 undergraduate schools, ranking at no. 21 and no. 26, respectively.

Entrepreneurship has been a growing theme at both universities for more than a decade now thanks to the many successes at the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

In 2014, the University of Iowa launched Venture School, a statewide training program focused on real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and Lean LaunchPad methodologies.

Iowa State launched CYstarters in 2016, a 11-week summer accelerator for Iowa State students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.  Students receive $6,500 for individual or up to $13,000 per student team for the opportunity to spend their summer dedicated to achieving their startup goals and pursuing entrepreneurial aspirations. Through its first four years, the program had provided $365,000 in funding to 50 different student businesses.

“Iowa State University is excited to be building a vibrant ecosystem where innovation and entrepreneurship are integrated into the curriculum,” said Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen. “With the opening of the Student Innovation Center in 2020, Iowa State will have a state-of-the-art, hands-on hub for students of all programs and majors to collaborate, design, create, and bring their ideas to life.”

The Princeton Review has posted the full lists here. On the company’s site, users can also access detailed profiles of the schools and find more information about the survey, criteria, and methodology for the rankings.

Previous coverage

New Iowa Innovation Challenge will award $225,000 in funding -Oct. 16, 2019

ISU Student Innovation Center will bring together students across campus -July 22, 2019

Entrepreneurship among top priorities for ISU President Wendy Wintersteen -Nov. 21, 2018