50 Best U.S. Colleges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

College Choice has ranked the top online entrepreneurship degrees for 2023. Find out which program can prepare you to launch your own successful enterprise.

Updated July 21, 2023

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Creative, mission-driven people are flexing their entrepreneurial muscles all across the U.S. In 2022, 33.5 million Americans were starting or running their own new business, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. These new entrepreneurs relish the chance to take control of their own lives and careers. Owning a business allows you to follow your passion, be your own boss, and take ownership of your work.

Almost anyone can become an entrepreneur. All you need is an idea, a market, and a process to bring your idea to life. To be successful, however, you need to prepare carefully for your role.

For example, you could earn a degree in business, finance, or leadership, which may prepare you for a general management role. Alternatively, you could major in a more specialized field like computer science, engineering, or even entrepreneurship itself.

The following ranking of online entrepreneurship degrees provides a data-derived list of top programs.

Through an analysis of data from Crunchbase, Angel List, public business data, and other factors (such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems), we have brought you a list of the 50 best colleges in the U.S. for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Best U.S. Colleges for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

  1. Stanford University

    Palo Alto, CA

    Stanford consistently ranks at the top of business school lists, and for good reason. Its business school boasts an all-star roster of alumni, innovative programs, a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an infectious energy and optimism about the power of business to shape the world for the good, and a location right in the heart of Silicon Valley. Like many elite schools, undergraduates pursue particular interests within a much broader liberal arts curriculum.

  2. University of California, Berkeley

    Berkeley, CA

    The undergraduate business program at Berkeley is facilitated through the Haas School of Business, which integrates business knowledge with Berkeley's larger liberal arts program. Aspiring entrepreneurs will benefit from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, a leader in innovation, education, and research in the most influential sectors of the global business community. The Center is home to Steve Blank's famous Lean Launch Pad class, the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps, an accelerator program, and much more.

  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    Like many other schools on the top of our list, MIT offers not just specific programs in entrepreneurship but a network of resources and centers. Foremost in this network is the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, which offers an astonishing range of courses from an equally astonishing range of professionals, educators, and practitioners in nearly every industry imaginable. The undergraduate business curriculum is facilitated by the Sloan School of Management offers a Bachelor of Science (SB) in Management Science, which is consistently ranked one of the best undergraduate business programs in the world.

  4. University of California, Los Angeles

    Los Angeles, CA

    The B.A. in Business Economics at UCLA is more analytical in nature, and students are required to coordinate their courses with the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. The graduate school also hosts the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, so even undergraduates have exposure to some of the best business minds in Los Angeles. The Center offers a bootcamp, a certificate program, and numerous other initiatives and enjoys close relationships with some influential companies such as Johnson & Johnson.

  5. University of Southern California

    Los Angeles, CA

    The Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting at USC hosts the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which coordinates graduate and undergraduate programs alike. Undergrads pursue a general business degree but have access not only to the Center's initiatives but also SoCal's rich entrepreneurial network. The Center helps shape curriculum, sponsors research, and stages competitions for aspiring entrepreneurs.

  6. Harvard University

    Cambridge, MA

    Harvard Business School, famous for its case study method approach to business education, also houses the Rock Center for entrepreneurship, which puts on a new venture competition and hosts a variety of other fellowships and programs. But that's not all. There is also the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiative within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. With resources like these, it's no surprise that companies such as Facebook and Microsoft got their starts at Harvard.

  7. New York University

    New York, NY

    Like Columbia, NYU's location in the heart of New York City should not be underestimated. Students have access to a wealth of experience and expertise right in their backyards. Beyond the location, however, NYU is home to a litany of entrepreneurial centers, teams, institutes, and resources, including the Leslie eLab, the Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Entrepreneurial Institute. Undergraduates can complete a specialization in entrepreneurship as part of their major.

  8. University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor, MI

    The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan is located within the College of Engineering and sponsors a nine-credit Program in Entrepreneurship available to all undergraduates. Beyond this official program, the Center's resources are vast. The Center offers a multitude of grants, prizes, competitions, training programs, mentoring programs, and more.

  9. Columbia University

    New York, NY

    Columbia has a strong alumni entrepreneurial network in the city of New York, a less tangible fact that should not be overlooked. It also houses the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center in the Business School as well as a host of entrepreneurial networks that pair students with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Undergraduates in the College can opt to pursue business studies as a part of a larger liberal arts program.

  10. Cornell University

    Ithaca, NY

    Cornell University boasts several resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. From an Entrepreneurship across Cornell campaign to its own established Entrepreneur Network to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, the Cornell campus is saturated with resources for the aspiring entrepreneur. Undergraduates typically begin their entrepreneurial studies in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

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