UNH Named One Of The Top
100 Entrepreneurial Colleges And Universities By Entrepreneur Magazine
Ranking Based On Programs At Whittemore
School of Business and Economics
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
April 27, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire has been named
one of the best 100 collegiate entrepreneurship programs in the
United States in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
UNH appears in the second tier of the list of the top 50 regionally
recognized academic programs in the country.
The ranking, which is based on entrepreneurial programs at the UNH
Whittemore School of Business and Economics, comes just one week
after the school was named one of the top 100 U.S. business schools
in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and months
after it was named one of the Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges
by The Princeton Review and Forbes.com, ranking 10th in the
“The Whittemore School is honored to be recognized for the
third time in recent months. These rankings establish the Whittemore
School as one of the elite entrepreneurial programs in the country.
As word of the school’s accomplishments circulate, we expect
to see continued national recognition,” said Steve Bolander,
dean of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
“The Entrepreneur ranking reaffirms the school’s
commitment to the discipline of entrepreneurship and recognizes
the efforts that faculty, students and staff have made to develop
entrepreneurship as an area of expertise for the Whittemore School.
It is also a testimony to the tremendous support that we have received
from our many industry partners who work with us on a daily basis,
and reflects the contributions made by our alumni and friends. This
recent recognition validates the guiding principle of our graduate
and undergraduate programs – the integration of theoretical
coursework with hands-on learning and in-depth apprentice programs
that connect students with industry leaders,” Bolander said.
A recent study showed that entrepreneurship students start more
companies, and they are more successful. Sales and employment growth
of companies owned by or employing entrepreneurship graduates was
more than five times the rate of other firms. In addition, entrepreneurship
graduates working in large firms earn, on average, $23,000 a year
more than non-entrepreneurship business graduates.
At the Whittemore School, students participate in several entrepreneurial
activities. The Corporate Roundtable and High-Tech Entrepreneurship
Internship are two of many courses that combine supervised work
experience at an area company with seminar-style classroom discussion.
Students enjoy the benefits of learning from both faculty and corporate
mentors. The Executives-in-Residence program links students to retired
executives through teaching, mentoring, and seminars.
The business school is home to research centers that focus on entrepreneurship:
The Center for Venture Research and the William Rosenberg International
Center of Franchising. In addition, the school offers courses on
entrepreneurial management, private equity and venture capital,
new product development, market and opportunity analysis, and high-tech
entrepreneurship. Students interested in starting a high-growth
venture can take the Entrepreneurial Venture Creation option. The
program fosters an entrepreneurial sensibility by adding a strong
applied learning component to traditional lectures and seminars.
The Holloway Seminar Series sponsored by New Hampshire entrepreneur
Paul Holloway brings business leaders to campus four times a year.
The series culminates with the Holloway Business Plan Competition
each May, which awards prizes to undergraduate and graduate students,
either as teams or individuals, who develop the most realistic plans
for starting, acquiring, or expanding a business venture in each
of two tracks: high-growth ventures and lifestyle ventures.
The rankings for Entrepreneur’s third annual evaluation
of the best entrepreneurship programs at U.S. colleges and universities
were performed by TechKnowledge Point Corp. in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The story and listing are available in the April issue of Entrepreneur
magazine and online at http://www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.