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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship undergraduate program ranks #1

Students are educated in moving ideas to reality in any environment

TUCSON, Ariz. – September 15, 2006 – From a very impressive lot, The University of Arizona’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program has emerged as the crème de la crème. In a survey of over 700 schools just released by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, Eller College of Management’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship undergraduate program ranked #1.

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship has consistently appeared in the upper echelon of national rankings throughout its 21-year history, having recently been listed #3 among public undergraduate programs in the U.S. News and World Report survey. The program has been ranked #2 overall, and #1 among public schools, by Entrepreneur magazine for the last three years. It now tops all programs. The fact that the McGuire program has appeared in the top tier of all evaluations of entrepreneurship education points to the high-quality, innovative experience offered at the Eller College of Management.

“More than 300 businesses have been launched by graduates of the entrepreneurship program at the Eller College, and many more have been involved in the emergence of the Southwest as an entrepreneurial hotbed,” said Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management. “We are thrilled to be recognized for this educational program that leads to tangible outcomes.”

Sherry Hoskinson, director of the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship, points to a significant shift in this educational market. “As schools across the country seek to extend their reach, an exciting, and dynamic blend of programs is surfacing and creating more competition for the top spots,” she explained. “Some top-tier schools are finding themselves displaced in the rankings. Arizona has consistently been a top-tier school and has moved to the top position in this new competitive environment,” she added.

Hoskinson credits the support from donors like Karl Eller and Chris and Carol McGuire who gave birth to this program in the early days of entrepreneurship education. “We are fortunate to have had their amazing vision from the start. This program is focused around a curricular model that we call the Idea Path to help students move business ideas to reality in any environment. This is now the gold standard in entrepreneurship education.”

A number of factors were considered in evaluating the McGuire Center program and other colleges and universities, including the entrepreneurial emphasis of the curriculum, mentoring, experiential learning, faculty credentials, and the success of graduating students and alumni. A key consideration in the rankings was demonstrating a commitment to practical, hands-on experiential learning to provide the skills that translate into real-world businesses was a key consideration in the ranking.

Robert Franek, editorial director of Princeton Review Books, stated that 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.”

The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of Entrepreneur, which appears on newsstands September 26th. For more information and a complete listing of the schools, visit

About Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Entrepreneur Media Inc. is an organization of people dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs worldwide to start and grow successful companies. To provide entrepreneurs with the relevant information they need to make informed decisions, Entrepreneur Media Inc. offers a full range of products and services. Products include: Magazines - Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur's StartUps, Entrepreneur Mexico, Entrepreneur Philippines, Entrepreneur Hungary, Entrepreneur Russia, and Entrepreneur South Africa; Websites -,,,,, and; Book Publishing - Entrepreneur Press, Entrepreneur eBooks, and Business Startup Guides; Also - Conferences and Custom Publishing.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) is a pioneer in the world of education. Founded in 1981 and headquartered in New York City, the company offers private tutoring and classroom and online test preparation to help students improve their scores in college and graduate school admissions tests. The company's free website,, helps over half of university-bound students research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for their higher education, and helps hundreds of colleges and universities streamline their admissions and recruiting activities. In addition, The Princeton Review works with school districts around the U.S. to measurably strengthen students' academic skills by connecting ongoing assessment with professional development and instruction and by providing districts with college and career resources for both students and guidance counselors. The company also authors more than 200 print and software titles on test preparation, college and graduate school selection and admissions, and related topics.

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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