University of Maryland Ranks Among Nation’s Best in Entrepreneurship for
Undergrads and MBAs
College Park, Md. – September 21, 2011 – The University of Maryland is among
the top in the nation for its leading entrepreneurship programs for
undergraduate and graduate students, ranking No. 18 and No. 22 respectively by
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The Robert H. Smith School of
Business is a major driver of entrepreneurship education at the university, with
its 25-year-old Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship championing programs
university-wide for students, faculty and regional entrepreneurs.
The rankings were released in the October issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The Dingman Center, located at the Smith School, helps lead the university’s
entrepreneurship efforts and is recognized nationally for its innovative
teaching methods that combine classroom activities, practical experience and
cultural immersion programs. The center’s programs include:
In addition to taking MBA and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship,
Smith students are active in several student entrepreneurship clubs. Undergrads
can participate in Smith’s Entrepreneurship Fellow Program, which offers courses
and co-curricular activities that explore venture creation and innovation.
MBA students participate in experiential learning programs through the
six-credit, required, Smith Experience program, which includes entrepreneurship
consulting experiences through the Dingman Center and the Center for Social
Value Creation, opportunity to work with a venture capital fund through the New
Markets Growth Fund, and global study trips that focus on entrepreneurship
The Princeton Review surveyed 2,000 schools for the rankings, which are based
on key criteria in the areas of teaching entrepreneurship business fundamentals
in the classroom, staffing departments with successful entrepreneurs, excellence
in mentorship, providing experiential or entrepreneurial opportunities outside
of the classroom, as well as non-traditional, distinguishable aspects of their
programs. The University of Maryland rankings are attributed to strong programs
at both the Smith School and the A. James Clark School of Engineering and
fruitful collaborations between the schools.
The University of Maryland’s rankings can be seen at
Additional information about the Smith School’s entrepreneurship programs and
initiatives through the Dingman Center.
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.