U Ranked No. 1 College for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The University of Utah was recently ranked as the best college in the country for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2016 by LendEDU, a student loan refinancing website. It ranked the top 50 colleges in the United States for their support for young entrepreneurs.

The study focused on all opportunities for students interested in entrepreneurship, not just the college’s entrepreneurship major. Schools were ranked based on number of entrepreneurship courses offered, average tuition and fees, and entrepreneurship resources available.

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“The University of Utah, and its Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, takes the top spot in our report,” LendENU reported. “The university offers around 40 courses specifically-related to entrepreneurship along with below average tuition and fees of $12,222.”

The No. 2 school was the University of Iowa, followed by Georgia Institute of Technology (3); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (4); and University of California,  Los Angeles (5).

“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of this country,” LendEDU reported. “They are the reason technology and innovation continue to grow year after year. Entrepreneurial ideas take time and commitment to come up with, and for many people, it isn’t about coming up with the best idea — it’s finding the best environment to foster these ideas.”

The Lassonde Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. It offers about $500,000 in grants to student entrepreneurs and an equal among of scholarships. Programs and opportunities include majors, certificates, business-plan competitions and grant programs. The Lassonde Institute moved into a new $45 million facility, the Lassonde Studios, in August, 2016. All students at the University of Utah are welcome to live, create and launch in the new building.

View the complete report on the LendEDU website.

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