Entrepreneurship Program Ranked in the Top 25 Nationwide

September 24, 2012

Peoria, IL (September 24, 2012) The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked Bradley University’s entrepreneurship program among the top 25 in the nation for the second consecutive year. The annual survey placed Bradley 23rd among 2,000 schools reviewed.

The Princeton Review uses a wide range of data to evaluate the programs including each schools' level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom, the percentage of faculty, students, and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors and the number and reach of mentorship programs. They also considered funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects, and support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.

Bradley recently announced the creation of the Robert and Carolyn Turner School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the first stand-alone school of its type in the nation. Welcoming its first students this semester, the Turner School is an academic unit that offers students in all disciplines opportunities to study entrepreneurship and innovation in classrooms and experiential settings. In 2002, Bradley established the Robert and Carolyn Turner Center for Entrepreneurship as well as the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Foster College of Business Administration. Bradley students also have the opportunity to participate in the Project Springboard Business Plan Competition, now in its seventh year.

“We are pleased that Bradley once again is being recognized for its commitment to entrepreneurship education,” said Dr. Gerald Hills, the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship and the founding academic/executive director of the Turner School. “Bradley’s entrepreneurial spirit is being embraced by students across campus, in every college and academic discipline. We believe these students’ creativity and innovation will serve them well once they enter the working world.”

A feature about the ranking appears on Entrepreneur's website at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges and in Entrepreneur's October issue, available on newsstands on September 25. The Princeton Review today posted the ranking lists at www.princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.The Princeton Review has partnered with Entrepreneur magazine on this annual review since 2006.

Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Its size provides students with extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.