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OSU’s entrepreneurship graduate program honored with top 25 national ranking

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship was recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for the sixth time since 2012 in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

The OSU School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 24 on the list of Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2019 and is one of only 12 public schools to be ranked among more than 300 schools considered by The Princeton Review.

“I’m very pleased by our top-25 ranking,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “It’s a tribute to everyone involved with our program, from our faculty to our alumni and our students. I’m particularly pleased for our students. It’s because of their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that we were able to achieve this recognition.”

The Spears School’s entrepreneurship program started in 2008 and quickly made a name for itself across the nation. The OSU School of Entrepreneurship debuted in the Top 25 in the 2012 rankings, and has continued to be honored for its outstanding educational opportunities. During the last five years, OSU graduate entrepreneurship students have started 41 companies and collectively raised nearly $6.8 million in funding, while undergraduate students have started 52 companies and have raised $3.4 million.

The rankings are drawn from a 60- question survey issued to all the schools considered, with questions focused on each school’s level of commitment to entrepreneurship studies, inside and outside the classroom. More than 40 data points were analyzed for the tally in determining the rankings.

Among the topics included: the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively involved in entrepreneurship endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs; scholarships and grants for entrepreneurship studies; and the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

“These colleges and business schools have superb entrepreneurship programs,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. “Their faculties are truly engaged in entrepreneurism. Their courses are rich with in-class and out-of-class experiential components, and the financial and networking support their students and programs receive via donors and alumni is extraordinary.”

The OSU entrepreneurship program has received national recognition from several organizations in recent years for its excellence in a number of areas: 

  • OSU’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship online programs is No. 1 in the listing of the best Affordable Online Master’s in Entrepreneurship (;
  • Master’s in Entrepreneurship online program is No. 1 nationally overall ( and (;
  • The Master’s of Entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 1 nationally among the 20 Best Online MBA Entrepreneurship programs (;
  • The School of Entrepreneurship program received the 2013 National Model Ph.D. Program Award, given annually to one university in the nation (United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers).

This is the 13th year that Entrepreneur magazine has partnered with The Princeton Review to publish this list of top entrepreneurship programs. The company also reports school rankings in several other categories in its annual books The Best 382 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back.

The lists for the top graduate entrepreneurship programs are posted on The Princeton Review’s website. Entrepreneur magazine also has a posting of the list.

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