The University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business received another top-10 ranking for entrepreneurship recently as U.S. News & World Report ranked its undergraduate program for entrepreneurship No. 10 overall and No. 6 among state schools for 2021.
The entrepreneurship program at the Eccles School has grown significantly in recent years to be ranked among the best in the country in multiple rankings. The program is provided in partnership between the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the Eccles School.
“We have been building our entrepreneurship program and offerings for many years, and it’s great to be recognized for our effort,” said Matthew Higgins, chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. “We have something for students from all majors and backgrounds, and that’s one of our strengths. Students can choose from a major, minor, electives, certificate, our new Master of Business Creation, and many extracurricular opportunities.”
The 2021 ranking is a repeat from last year. U.S. News also ranked the University of Utah No. 10 overall and No. 6 among state schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship for 2020. In a related ranking earlier this year, U.S News ranked the MBA program at the Eccles School No. 12 for entrepreneurship overall among schools across the country for 2021.
The Eccles School welcomes all students from across campus to get involved with entrepreneurship in many classes and opportunities. Students can choose from many classes, degrees, and study-abroad options. One of the newest opportunities is Lassonde+X, which is a three-class program designed for students from any major to add an entrepreneurial mindset to any field of study and career path.
Outside the classroom, the Eccles School provides many options for students to experience entrepreneurship by launching companies and building products at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. Opportunities there include workshops, mentoring, startup support, grants, meetups, and more. Students can also “live, create, launch” at Lassonde Studios, a five-story building in the center of campus with an innovation space on the first floor and dorm space on the upper levels. Lassonde Studios has been featured by The New York Times and Architectural Digest and continues to attract worldwide attention.
“We provide some of the most unique programs for aspiring entrepreneurs to learn entrepreneurship from our exceptional faculty and experts and then experience it by launching companies,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and an assistant dean at the Eccles School. “Our goal is to be the best place in the country for student entrepreneurs.”
The newest program at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is Lassonde Founders. It is a residential entrepreneur community for incoming students who are active entrepreneurs. Students receive scholarships and the opportunity to live and launch with an exceptional group of young entrepreneurs. All incoming students can apply now to join this program.
The U.S. News best business school rankings are based on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions. This year, they surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 511 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
For the U.S. News graduate business school rankings, U.S. News surveyed all 477 MBA programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Find complete rankings on the U.S. News website for undergrad entrepreneurship rankings here and the graduate entrepreneurship rankings here. Read more about the ranking methodology for the undergrad ranking here, and the graduate ranking here.
Learn more about entrepreneuring at the Eccles School, where entrepreneur is a verb, here: eccles.utah.edu/entrepreneur.
About the David Eccles School of Business
The Eccles School is synonymous with “doing.” The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in six areas and executive education curricula. The School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.
About the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The first programs were offered in 2001, through the vision and support of Pierre Lassonde, an alumnus of the Eccles School and successful mining entrepreneur. The institute now provides opportunities for thousands of students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. Programs include workshops, networking events, business-plan competitions, startup support, innovation programs, graduate seminars, scholarships, community outreach and more. All programs are open to students from any academic major or background. The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute also manages Lassonde Studios, a five-story innovation space and housing facility for all students. Learn more at Lassonde.Utah.edu.