DePaul Ranks Highly for Entrepreneurship Education

Idea EXPO
DePaul students review and vote on fellow students’ business plans using play money at a recent Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Idea Expo held in the center’s new space.
The entrepreneurship program at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business has again earned top-25 rankings from the Princeton Review in its annual survey. 

DePaul’s graduate program was ranked 13th and the undergraduate program 25th in the Princeton Review’s “Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies in 2017.” DePaul was the only Illinois university to capture a spot on both lists.

DePaul Coleman Entrepreneurship Chair Harold Welsch (BUS ’66, MBA ’68), founder and director of the program, says the its focus on practical learning, innovation and connections to Chicago’s start-up community make it distinctive.

“We offer students a unique combination of classroom and real-world experiences,” Welsch says. “We teach students the theoretical principles involved in entrepreneurship, but we also make sure students get out into the community to learn how entrepreneurship works.” 

Resources to support the academic program and help DePaul students develop and launch businesses have expanded this year. DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center opened a new, dedicated space​ for students to develop their business ideas on campus.  DePaul also became a member of 1871, the city’s premier technology and business incubator located in the Merchandise Mart.  

a survey of more than 300 schools offering programs in entrepreneurship studies. The survey looked at each school’s commitment to entrepreneurship education inside and outside the classroom. More than three dozen data points were analyzed for the rankings. Among them were the percentage of faculty, students and alumni actively and successfully involved in entrepreneurial endeavors; the number and reach of mentorship programs; and funding for scholarships and grants for entrepreneurial studies and projects. 

More about the rankings can be found on the Princeton Review’s website and in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

Learn more about DePaul’s entrepreneurship programs: 

DePaul MBA concentration in entrepreneurship
DePaul MS in Entrepreneurship
DePaul business major concentration in entrepreneurship

​​​​​