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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

The Princeton Review names The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management entrepreneurship program to its list of “Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Schools in the Country”

The Eller College entrepreneurship program is the only school ranked in the top tier across all entrepreneurship rankings.

TUCSON, Ariz. – October 22, 2004 – The Princeton Review, in conjunction with, today announced the inaugural ranking of the Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges in the country. The Eller College of Management’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Arizona appears on the list at #8.

The ranking identifies schools that show a commitment to creating programs to encourage young entrepreneurs on campus, as well as looking at how their alumni have fared in the real world. To identify the schools, The Princeton Review surveyed the colleges ranked in The Best 357 Colleges based on the type of on-campus entrepreneurial activities available, including mentoring, experiential learning, and campus clubs as well as the number of successful alumni entrepreneurs and industry/school partnerships.

Ken Smith, Interim Dean of the Eller College, commented, “What is truly exciting about this ranking announcement is that again, regardless of ranking criteria and methodology, The University of Arizona’s entrepreneurship program is in the top tier. In fact, in a review of the five entrepreneurship rankings, The University of Arizona is the only school in the country with a top ranking in all five listings.” Smith added, “Our program continues to make unique contributions to students in this ever-evolving field of business education. It is incredibly rewarding for all of us to see Karl Eller’s vision for entrepreneurship education become a nationally-recognized reality.”

In addition to this new ranking, the Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program was named #1 among public schools (#2 overall) in April by Entrepreneur magazine, the only measure of its kind in that it ranks entrepreneurship exclusively and does not consider other school disciplines, areas of focus, or reputation factors. The Eller College’s undergraduate program in entrepreneurship was ranked #9 overall by U.S. News & World Report this fall, and #5 among public programs.

Robert Franek, Editorial Director of The Princeton Review, commented, “There are so many terrific colleges and universities that fall short when it comes to preparing their undergraduates for success in the real world that we were motivated to look at the characteristics of schools that celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit. The schools on this list all provide access to the critical training and experiences students will need to become tomorrow’s business leaders.”

Gary Libecap, professor and director of the Karl Eller Center and McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, was pleased to see the annual rankings reflect the quality of the program with its focus on marketplace innovation, knowledge transfer, experiential learning, and discipline-based entrepreneurship. In addition to its capstone business major, the Karl Eller Center provides opportunities for entrepreneurship education to students from virtually any campus discipline.

“We continue to give students a unique educational experience that helps them successfully launch businesses in the marketplace or hold leadership positions in larger firms,” Libecap commented. “We are constantly evolving the experiential-based program approach to prepare students for the real-world business climate while helping them to achieve their personal vision of success.”

For more details on these rankings, visit at; then visit where you can view a more complete profile on each school.

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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