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U-M Graduate and Undergraduate Programs Maintain Top-Five Rating Among The Princeton Review's Entrepreneurship Rankings

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For the ninth year in a row, the University of Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has been ranked in the Top 10 globally by Princeton Review. For 2024, U-M’s undergraduate programs moved from fifth to fourth globally. At the graduate level, U-M’s entrepreneurial programming is once again ranked second in the world.

In conjunction with The Princeton Review, Entrepreneur Magazine also highlighted U-M as the No. 1 undergraduate and graduate program for entrepreneurship in the Midwest.

“We are honored that The Princeton Review continues to rank U-M’s entrepreneurship program so highly,” said Cathy Shakespeare, Thomas C Jones Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at Michigan Ross. “Early in their academic careers, our Ross students gain firsthand experience about entrepreneurial principles. That foundation gives our students greater understanding and interest in business innovation in their careers.”

BBA students can select from 35 entrepreneurship courses within Ross. Overall, U-M offers 85+ entrepreneurship classes across the institution. Ross also administers the Entrepreneurship Minor, which is open to all U-M undergraduates. It is one of the five largest minors on campus with approximately 550 students enrolled.

Full-Time MBA students have access to 42 entrepreneurship classes. Sixty-four percent of FTMBA students enrolled in an entrepreneurship-focused elective course in the 2022-23 academic year. Over the past five years, 441 FTMBA students created a startup while earning their degrees or within three months of graduation.

“We greatly appreciate being recognized by The Princeton Review in its entrepreneurship rankings,” said S. Sriram, associate dean for graduate programs at Michigan Ross. “Our MBA students have access to tremendously-experienced faculty and well-designed courses to prepare them for entrepreneurial careers. Additionally, the programs and funds that exist outside the classroom give students every resource they could need to pursue a business venture of their own.”

The Princeton Review surveyed administrators from nearly 300 schools, taking into account more than 40 data points about the schools’ entrepreneurship programs, faculty, students, and alumni.

The rankings demonstrate the high-quality experience students receive at Michigan Ross’ Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. For 24 years, ZLI has helped passionate and motivated individuals to create, lead, and shape innovative ventures in an ever-changing business environment. Through courses, programs, and resources, students and professionals can learn entrepreneurial thinking to complement any career path or endeavor.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to be recognized by The Princeton Review,” said Stewart Thornhill, ZLI’s executive director. “We’ve built an ecosystem where students can take an idea from the concept stage through to starting and operating a company. And we continue to support our student entrepreneurs after graduation with programs that include a venture acceleration, an investment fund, and ongoing alumni activities.”

More information about U-M’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is available at

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