ISU and University of Iowa named top entrepreneurship schools by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur today announced the results of The Princeton Review’s 16th annual ranking of undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies.

Iowa State University and the University of Iowa both made the list of top 50 undergraduate schools, ranking at no. 11 and no. 28, respectively.

The results are based on a survey the education services company conducted in summer 2021 of nearly 300 schools with entrepreneurship offerings, The Princeton Review‘s ranking tallies took into account more than 40 data points about the schools. The 60-question survey included questions on: the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs; scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies; and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

This year, The Princeton Review also tallied sub-lists that name the schools among the 100 overall that ranked highest within their regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, and International.

Iowa State ranks no. 3 in the Midwest and has the highest ranking of any university in the state, with University of Iowa ranking no. 8 in the Midwest.

“Iowa State University has maintained our impressive no. 11 national ranking for undergraduate programs. That’s an amazing accomplishment coming off the heels of a global pandemic when young entrepreneurs were tasked with moving to virtual education,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding.

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.

“Since the mid-2000s when we first reported these ranking lists, student interest in entrepreneurship has grown dramatically, as has the commitment to entrepreneurship studies within higher education,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor in chief.

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