University of Michigan Ranked #1 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Education

Shannon Beeman
November 16, 2018

Stewart Thornhill, Zell Lurie Institute University of Michigan RossThe University of Michigan has been nationally recognized for its visionary leadership, continuing innovation and high standard of excellence in entrepreneurial education. Michigan was selected as the #1 undergraduate program for entrepreneurship in the latest rankings from the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.

“What sets the University of Michigan apart is our commitment to pushing the boundaries of education and delivering the action-based learning experiences that build an entrepreneurial mindset—regardless of the career path our students seek,” said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Michigan Ross. “Every program we offer is meant to amplify success for entrepreneurs; from business plan competitions to working inside of a new venture to investing real dollars in our startups.”

The graduate-level entrepreneurship program at Michigan also placed in the top ten.

The University has seen tremendous interest and activity in innovation and entrepreneurship, from students across all schools and colleges on campus. Since it’s launch in 2015, the Entrepreneurship Minor, offered through Innovate Blue and Michigan Ross, has boasted over 400 graduates. There are currently 371 students enrolled in the minor for the 2018-19 academic year.

The Zell Lurie Institute plays a formative role in the University’s thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurial education through its ongoing development of robust programming, comprehensive coursework, experiential learning and professional mentoring at Michigan Ross. Working with strategic partners at the University and in the business community, the Institute also has an impressive platform of annual symposia spanning entrepreneurial business, venture capital and private-equity investment that engages students and alumni with leading entrepreneurs and investors.

Michigan’s entrepreneurship education history runs deep, starting with the introduction of the world’s first course in entrepreneurship in 1927. Since then, both curricular and co-curricular entrepreneurial offerings have expanded to include two business accelerators, five student-led venture investment funds, over 30 student entrepreneurship clubs, 15 centers and institutes related to entrepreneurship, and multiple new venture competitions offering over $500,000 in prizes.

Information about The Princeton Review’s survey methodology and criteria for the rankings, plus its detailed profiles of the schools are accessible at