The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah — which includes the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and Lassonde Studios — earned the No. 15 spot in the 2019 list of Best Undergraduate Business Programs in U.S. News and World Report. The program came it at No. 8 for state schools.
“We are thrilled to be recognized as a top-15 school for Entrepreneurship,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, the executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and an assistant dean at the Eccles School. “We have been rapidly growing our entrepreneurship program for years, and the hard work is paying off. What makes us unique is our focus on students and what they need to be successful entrepreneurs.”
Entrepreneurship has a strong tradition at the Eccles School, and the program is consistently ranked among the best in the country. This highly experiential and hands-on major prepares students to create their own business opportunities and ventures. Students work with world-renowned faculty from the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and also engage in programs and activities at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. They also have the opportunity to live, create products and launch companies in Lassonde Studios, one of the most innovative entrepreneurship spaces in the world.
The Eccles School also received a No. 44 overall ranking for its undergraduate programs, coming in at No. 26 for state schools. The accounting undergraduate program also received recognition, coming in at No. 56.
The rankings are based solely on the judgments of deans and senior faculty members at peer institutions. Institutions must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) to participate.
“These rankings are a great representation of the momentum happening here at the David Eccles School of Business, including the work of faculty, staff and students,” said Dean Taylor Randall. “It’s especially meaningful to be singled out and honored by our peers.”
In total, 503 schools were included in the rankings. The Eccles School has been previously ranked for its undergraduate programs, but 2019 marks the first time Entrepreneurship and Accounting were honored as specialty areas.
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 David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven 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 Institute also manages Lassonde Studios, a new five-story innovation space and housing facility for all students, in partnership with Housing & Residential Education. Learn more at lassonde.utah.edu.