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OU Center for Entrepreneurship Among the Top Programs in the Nation

A group of entrepreneurship students with their awards received at a recent competition.

The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma was recently ranked a top undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship program by three publications, including The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Businessweek.

This year, OU’s Center for Entrepreneurship ranking increased in each publication.  The highest ranking was given by The Princeton Review, which named OU as the No. 2 undergraduate public university for entrepreneurship studies, up from No. 5 last year.  The overall undergraduate ranking from The Princeton Review, which includes private and public universities, rose from No. 10 to No. 6.  The University of Oklahoma is one of three public universities ranked by each of these notable publications.

Jim Wheeler, the Stanley White Executive Director and co-founder of the Center for Entrepreneurship, says that each ranking is uniquely significant because the criteria vary among them.  “The Princeton Review focuses on program activities, in other words, what makes the program special, while Businessweek concentrates on the student experience; the students respond to Businessweek directly and report their satisfaction via survey questions.  U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on peer-review by deans and administrators from other universities,” said Wheeler.  “To be ranked highly by all three is distinctive because they all measure different aspects of our program: student expectations, program uniqueness, and national peer recognition.  These rankings show that the OU Center for Entrepreneurship is recognized and respected around the country.”

The Center for Entrepreneurship curriculum focuses on ideation and innovation, learning from experienced entrepreneurs, and providing students with experiential opportunities around the globe to cultivate collaboration and creativity.  Wheeler attributes much of the program’s success to the great number of people who have contributed their expertise and philanthropic donations in support of the Center.  “Without private donor support, this program simply would not exist,” said Wheeler.  “Since the Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 2002, all programs and student activities along with most of the courses have been privately funded.  The tremendous support of our alumni and friends has helped the program recruit top faculty members and guest lecturers, provide scholarships to bright and deserving students, and offer an exceptional curriculum in an engaging atmosphere.”

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