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2021 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools

631 Colleges
$42,665 Avg Salary
$25,440 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Entrepreneurial Studies School for You

In 2018-2019, 10,427 people earned a degree or certificate in entrepreneurial studies, making the major the #13 most popular in the United States.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which business program is right for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Or you may find the programs at a trade school to be a better alternative for you.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools ranking. This report analyzed 631 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best programs for business students.

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2021 Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools in the United States

Check out the entrepreneurship programs at these schools if you want to get the best education that money can buy.

Top 25 Top Schools in Entrepreneurship

#1

Brown University

Providence, RI

Our 2021 rankings named Brown University the best school in the United States for entrepreneurial studies students. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

The average amount in student loans that entrepreneurship majors at Brown take out is $15,500. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $161.

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#2

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

The excellent programs at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best entrepreneurial studies schools in the United States. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

While working on their degree, entrepreneurship majors at UPenn accumulate an average of around $41,000 in student debt. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $478, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Duke University

Durham, NC

Out of the 408 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Duke University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

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Out of the 408 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor landed the # 4 spot on the list. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Wisconsin - Madison. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. Located in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a public college with a very large student population.

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#6

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

With a ranking of #6, Carnegie Mellon University did quite well on this year’s best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh.

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#7

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chestnut Hill.

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#8

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University ranked #8 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. Located in the small city of Bethlehem, Lehigh is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#9

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

With a ranking of #9, Northwestern University did quite well on this year’s best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. Northwestern U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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Washington University in St Louis came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools ranking. WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

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#11

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

Illinois Wesleyan University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best entrepreneurial studies programs. Illinois Wesleyan is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bloomington.

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#12

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best entrepreneurial studies programs. Located in the midsize city of Syracuse, Syracuse is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

On average, entrepreneurship graduates from Syracuse take out $27,000 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $280, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best entrepreneurial studies programs. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Elon.

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#14

Boston University

Boston, MA

Boston University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. It came in at #14 on the list. Located in the city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#15

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. It came in at #15 on the list. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington.

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#16

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

University of Delaware ranked #16 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. Located in the suburb of Newark, U of Delaware is a public college with a very large student population.

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#17

Cleary University

Howell, MI

Cleary University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best entrepreneurial studies programs. Located in the midsize suburb of Howell, Cleary College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#18

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia ranked #18 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. UGA is a fairly large public school located in the city of Athens.

The average amount in student loans that entrepreneurship majors at UGA take out is $18,458. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $192, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best entrepreneurial studies programs. Located in the remote town of Fergus Falls, M State is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

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With a ranking of #20, University of Washington - Seattle Campus did quite well on this year’s best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle.

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#21

Drake University

Des Moines, IA

Drake University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. It came in at #21 on the list. Drake is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Des Moines.

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#22

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools list. TCU is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Fort Worth.

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#23

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI

Marquette University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools ranking. Marquette is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

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#24

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for entrepreneurial studies students. It came in at #24 on the list. Iowa is a very large public school located in the small city of Iowa City.

Entrepreneurship majors at Iowa take out an average of $23,250 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $241.

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Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools ranking. Penn State University Park is a fairly large public school located in the city of University Park.

The average amount in student loans that entrepreneurship majors at Penn State University Park take out is $26,000. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $270, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Rest of the Top Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools

#26

Mid-State Technical College

Wisconsin Rapids, WI
#31

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#33

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#34

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL
#35

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
#39

Southeast Technical Institute

Sioux Falls, SD
#40

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH
#42

Northwood University

Midland, MI
#44

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
#45

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#46

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#49

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Remaining Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 631 different United States entrepreneurial studies schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN
52 Miami University - Middletown Middletown, OH
53 Miami University - Hamilton Hamilton, OH
54 Northcentral Technical College Wausau, WI
55 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
56 Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire, WI
57 McHenry County College Crystal Lake, IL
58 Pennsylvania State University - Great Valley Malvern, PA
59 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
60 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
61 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Entrepreneurial Studies Schools award.

Rank College Location
62 George Fox University Newberg, OR
63 Clarkson University Potsdam, NY
64 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
65 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
66 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
67 University of Minnesota - Duluth Duluth, MN
68 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
69 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
70 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
71 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
72 American University Washington, DC
73 Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, MN
74 Bradley University Peoria, IL
75 Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI
76 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
77 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
78 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
79 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
80 Washington State University Pullman, WA
81 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI

Entrepreneurial Studies by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, entrepreneurial studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Entrepreneurship Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Entrepreneurship 8,156
Small Business Administration/Management 1,854
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations 413
Franchising and Franchise Operations 4

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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