Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program again ranked among top 5 in US
HOUSTON – (Sept. 16, 2014) – Rice University’s Jones Graduate
School of Business has the No. 4 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S.
for the third consecutive year, according to rankings announced this week by
the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks the sixth year in a
row the Jones School has been ranked as a top 10 program in graduate
“Our students have unique
opportunities to develop valuable entrepreneurial knowledge and skills
alongside researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs,” said Bill Glick, dean and
the H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management. “The Princeton Review’s acknowledgment
recognizes our significant and growing commitment over many years to providing
students the right environment in which to learn and practice
The 2014 ranking was based on a review of more than 2,000 U.S. undergraduate
and graduate programs. The survey results will be published in the October
issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The Jones School’s entrepreneurship program was founded by nationally
recognized faculty led by Al Napier and Edward Williams. This year, Yael
Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, was
recruited from Northwestern and MIT to further enhance the Jones School’s
entrepreneurial initiatives, and is a recognized thought leader in venture
capital, accelerators and funding for entrepreneurial enterprises. The school
offers more than 25 courses taught by professors with significant
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship provides students with
unparalleled co-curricular opportunities to enhance their classroom education
and apply it to real startups while they are still in school.
“Through programs such as the OwlSpark Student Accelerator, Rice Business
Plan Competition, Ignite Silicon Valley Trek and flagship venture capital
forums, students can identify promising new technologies, receive mentoring,
meet early stage investors and be well on their way to launching successful
technology startups before they graduate,” said Brad Burke, managing director
of the Rice Alliance.
Earlier this summer, the Rice Alliance was recognized for the second year in
a row as the No. 1 university business incubator in the world by UBI Index, a
research group based in Sweden. This is an acknowledgment that more than 1,500
early stage companies have benefited by participating in the 160-plus programs
the Rice Alliance hosted and have raised in excess of $2.8 billion.
The Jones Graduate School
Entrepreneurs Organization and Rice
Education Entrepreneurship Program are two additional examples of the full
complement of innovative programs and opportunities graduate students have to
translate ideas into action.
The Princeton Review survey evaluated schools in the areas of entrepreneurship,
business fundamentals taught in the classroom, departments staffed with
successful entrepreneurs, excellence in mentorship, provision of experiential
or entrepreneurial opportunities outside of the classroom, as well as
nontraditional features that distinguish the programs.
To view the complete rankings, visit http://www.princetonreview.com/schoollist.aspx?id=766.