Planting E-seeds

September 19, 2011

Bradley University has been recognized as having one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country in a survey conducted by The Princeton Review for “Entrepreneur” magazine.

Bradley placed 20th in the annual ranking of the top 25 undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship, in the survey of more than 2,000 institutions. Also included in the list were Syracuse University, University of Southern California and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Criteria for the rankings include excellence in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside the classroom, teaching strong entrepreneurship fundamentals, and staffing departments with instructors who are successful entrepreneurs.

“It is gratifying to receive national recognition once again for the educational experience we offer students,” said Bradley President Joanne Glasser. “This ranking is further evidence that the experiential and entrepreneurial opportunities that are a hallmark of a Bradley education are among the very finest in the country.”

Bradley’s entrepreneurship major was first offered in 2004 and a number of its graduates have launched businesses. More than 90% of the faculty members in the program are entrepreneurs themselves. Outside of their classroom work, aspiring entrepreneurs at Bradley have the opportunity to compete in Project Springboard, an annual competition that gives students real-life business planning experience and the opportunity to win cash and services to help them successfully launch a new business venture.

“Our Bradley ‘E-Team,’ the President's Committee on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is truly honored by this recognition,” said Dr. Gerald Hills, the Turner Chair of Entrepreneurship at Bradley and a pioneer in the development of the entrepreneurship discipline. “The answer to our national economic malaise is to ‘free’ the entrepreneur in each of us, consistent with our objective of planting ‘E-seeds’ among at least 1,000 Bradley students each year.”

According to Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief at Entrepreneur magazine, “The right education enhances and reinforces curiosity and creative thinking in entrepreneurs.” She added, “This ranking provides a unique look at top schools that offer the type of training, encouragement and direction that nurtures entrepreneurial skills.”

Bradley received recognition last week as a top-ranking master’s level university in Illinois and was listed among the best schools by U.S.News & World Report’s annual publication, "America’s Best Colleges."

The results of the survey, along with the analysis, appear in the October issue of "Entrepreneur," which is on newsstands today.