Bloch School Entrepreneurship Programs Climb Princeton Review Rankings

Kansas City, Mo. (September 24, 2012) – The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) announced today that both their graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs have been ranked among the top 20 in the nation by Princeton Review.

UMKC is among 13 schools in the nation to have both programs ranked in the top 25. The undergraduate program went up two spots on the list, going from No. 14 in 2011 to No. 12 this year. The graduate program went up two spots from No. 21 to No. 19.

The programs are housed in the Bloch School’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which has enjoyed much success over the past few years, including having the M.B.A. in entrepreneurship named the nation’s model program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). See a full list of Bloch School rankings and accolades.

Based on surveys of business school administrators at nearly 2,000 schools about their institution’s entrepreneurship offerings, the annual lists salute 50 programs in all –- 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate – for their excellence in entrepreneurship education. The full lists of ranked schools can be viewed here.

The Princeton Review evaluated the programs based on a wide range of data it annually collects in its institutional surveys for this project. Among the criteria, 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 Bloch School has become a leader and model in entrepreneurship and innovation teaching, research and venture creation,” Michael Song, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said. “We teach students through experiential learning that drives them to test their ideas and actually do the things they learn in the classroom.”

“The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs,” Amy Cosper, Editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, said. “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in academics as a pathway to their goals, and it can help tremendously in the discovery process to finding the right program.”

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