Princeton Review and U.S. News Rank the University of North Carolina Among the Very Best for Entrepreneurship

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Princeton Review ranked UNC No. 11 among MBA programs and No. 12 for undergraduate programs in the newest ranking.

Entrepreneurial studies at the University of North Carolina have received top rankings from both Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

Princeton Review ranked placed UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School No. 11 for graduate programs for its MBA Programs and No. 12 for undergraduate programs. The undergraduate ranking includes the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler and the minor in entrepreneurship in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Entrepreneur magazine published the rankings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Kenan-Flagler No. 6 overall, No. 3 among top public undergraduate programs and No. 9 for entrepreneurship. In other specialty areas, UNC Kenan-Flagler also ranked No. 5 in management, No. 6 in both marketing and operations, No. 8 in finance and tied for ninth in entrepreneurship. The U.S. News ranking is based on surveys of business school deans and directors of accredited business schools.

Since 1997, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Kenan-Flagler has offered students, staff and faculty the resources to identify and evaluate valuable entrepreneurial opportunities, as well connect with mentors and coaches in one of the nation's most vibrant entrepreneurial hotspots, the Research Triangle.

The center offers an unparalleled range and breadth of courses and programs, notably:

  • A restructured curriculum model that prepares students to learn entrepreneurship, launch their ventures and lead their enterprises and expanded opportunities for real-life learning and engagement with the wider entrepreneurial community
  • Launching the Venture, which has helped UNC students, faculty and staff and students have created over 100 start-ups since 1999
  • Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), founded in 1998, the worldwide network of events attracts 1,200 of the top entrepreneurial MBA students from three continents
  • Carolina Challenge awards $50,000 in prize money to UNC startups annually
  • A comprehensive ecosystem to launch and growth student ventures through the 1789 Venture Lab and Launch Chapel Hill

“Our mission is to prepare students with an entrepreneurial mindset that will serve them in any professional setting and during all the phases of their careers,” said Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and a strategy and entrepreneurship professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “While we have always focused on new ventures, we’re not just a business program for startups – we’re a school for ‘grow ups.’ We want to support UNC entrepreneurs over their entire entrepreneurial and professional lifecycles.”


About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business (BSBA), full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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