NEWS Jones School ranked No. 4

Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 4 graduate entrepreneurship program in the country, according to survey results announced this week by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

The Jones School's graduate entrepreneurship program moved up five spots to claim the No. 4 ranking. The Princeton Review survey evaluated schools in the areas of entrepreneurship business fundamentals taught in the classroom, departments staffed with successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, provision of experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as nontraditional features that distinguish the programs.

“The Rice MBA continues to get more positive accolades for the value created for students, alumni and the community," said Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School. "Entrepreneurship has been a strength of the program from its inception and is getting even better recognition from the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. Built on a very solid business core, the Rice MBA program gives students specializing in entrepreneurship all of the skills and expertise to succeed. Rice provides a very fertile climate for those who wish to create, build and master the art of starting new ventures.”

The 2012 ranking is based on a review of more than 2,000 U.S. undergraduate and graduate programs. Babson College in Massachusetts and the University of Michigan topped the list. The survey results will be published in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

Unlike other graduate school rankings, the Princeton Reviews places an emphasis on providing students with real-world education and opportunities in entrepreneurship and in starting a new company. The Princeton Review analyzes several factors, including business plan competitions, mentoring programs, the number of new businesses started by students and the number of faculty that have business experience.

The Jones School's entrepreneurship program includes nationally recognized entrepreneurship faculty led by Ed Williams and Al Napier and co-curricular experiential learning supported by the Jones Graduate School Entrepreneurs Organization and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. 

To view the complete rankings, visit www.entrepreneur.com/article/224441.

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