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Top entrepreneur colleges: Texas ranks as top state for undergrad and graduate programs

Top entrepreneur colleges: Texas ranks as top state for undergrad and graduate programs

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Rice University ranks among the top graduate schools for entrepreneurship, and the University of Houston for undergraduate programs.  FreeVictor.com

Texas ranks as a top state for entrepreneurial studies, as evidenced by the new list of Top 25 Graduate and Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Colleges.

On the 2012 list, which was published by the Princeton Review on Monday and will be available in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, Austin, Houston, Waco and Fort Worth are all well-represented.

For the rankings, the Princeton Review conducted a survey of school administrators in the spring of 2012, tallying each university's level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside the classroom and outside, determined by the percentage of entrepreneurially-successful and -active faculty members, students and alumni, plus the available funds and support for entrepreneurial studies and projects.

Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship took No. 2 in the undergraduate rankings, with the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business ranked No. 3 among undergraduate programs.

Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurship Program took the No. 4 spot, followed by the University of Texas at Austin (ranked No. 5) on the list of graduate programs.

Texas is the top state for entrepreneurial programs — others on the list include the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship in Austin, ranked No. 18 in graduate, and the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University, ranked No. 24 in undergraduate.

The entrepreneur program at Babson College in Massachusetts took the No. 1 spot (that school has ranked No. 1 on the graduate list for four consecutive years).