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NC State Ranks Top 20 in Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs

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NC State has been ranked by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine as a Top 25 Best Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2018,” coming in at no. 19 on the list.

The ranking was based on a Princeton Review survey of over 300 universities. More than 40 data points were analyzed, with topics including: the percentage of faculty, students, 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.

NC State Highlights:

  • 59 percent of undergraduate entrepreneurship faculty has started, bought or run a successful business
  • 45 individual mentors worked with students in the last year through the Entrepreneurship Clinic Mentoring Network, and eight entrepreneurs-in-residence worked with our Andrews Launch Accelerator teams in the past two years
  • 66 startups launched by grads in the last five years
  • $222,546,500 in funding raised by grads in the last five years
  • 28 entrepreneurship-related courses
  • 1,434 students currently enrolled in entrepreneurship courses

This is NC State’s first year on the list. The ranking will be featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine, available on November 28. Read more about Entrepreneurship at NC State at

Poole College Successes:

At the Poole College of Management, we instill an entrepreneurial mindset in all our students, so that each of them will bring creative and innovative thinking to bear on business problems.

Our approach works, and the results prove it. 

  • In our award-winning Entrepreneurship Clinic, we’ve applied the hospital teaching model to the hottest startups. Students are immersed in HQ Raleigh, a key collaborative off-campus hub, and consult with some of the Research Triangle’s newest ventures. Watch this video featuring the E-Clinic.
  • Meet London White in this video, a Jenkins MBA student who’s launched three companies during his time at Poole College, including one that sprung from our Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (TEC) concentration, where MBA students collaborate with graduate students from other disciplines — including scientists, engineers and designers — to build a high-growth startup. White teamed up with graduate engineers to turn a shelved medical patent into a method for better preserving red blood cells.