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09-14-2006

Clarkson University is Ranked #22 in the Nation for Entrepreneurship

Clarkson University's business programs continue to gain national prominence, highlighted by today's announcement that its undergraduate program in innovation and entrepreneurship is ranked #22 among 700 U.S. higher educational institutions by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The annual ranking, and Clarkson's elevated standing, come on the heels of the recent publication of U.S. News and World Report's annual Best Colleges 2007 Guide, which ranked Clarkson's Supply Chain Management program #10 in the nation.

"This is compelling evidence that Clarkson's market-driven majors and interdisciplinary, educational processes are on target," says Tim Sugrue, dean of Clarkson's School of Business of the Entrepreneur magazine ranking. "We are preparing our students to assume leadership positions in the global marketplace ready to solve problems, manage processes and maximize opportunity," he states. "The overwhelming success our graduates have achieved in starting their own companies or as influential members of major corporations is directly linked to the training they receive here."

This includes Clarkson's program hallmark, a model first-year sequence in which all freshman business students develop and launch a real business from innovative concept and the acquisition of venture capital to product sales and company operations. The course differs greatly from those offered in most undergraduate programs, which typically offer real-world business experience only in the senior year. Clarkson's Venture@Moorehouse, a residential experience in which students live together and operate a business, builds on this foundation, providing sophomores and juniors with expanded opportunity to experience the movement of technical innovation to the marketplace. "This breadth and depth of skill and experience gives Clarkson graduates a competitive edge when seeking internships and employment," notes Compeau.

This kind of advantage is exactly what students are seeking notes Robert Franek, editorial director of Princeton Review Books. "Students are looking for very clear and practical outcomes - not only for what they're doing in the classroom, but also that their degree will work for them with those same practical-based outcomes once they graduate," he reveals. Additional criteria used to evaluate Clarkson and other colleges and universities as part of the rankings process included entrepreneurial emphasis of the curriculum, mentoring, experiential learning, faculty credentials and the success of graduating students and alumni.

The national rankings will be published in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine, a monthly publication dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs worldwide to start and grow successful companies.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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