College-bound students who think they might like to start their own business someday would be wise to get a jump on the market by choosing the right school. After all, the world of commerce is a highly competitive one — what isn’t, these days? — and those with the right resume and solid base experience are bound to get ahead much faster than those who’ve dragged their feet. Read on for a ranking of the best business schools for aspiring young entrepreneurs.
Kelley School of Business, Kelley, Indiana
This institute is given high ratings consistently by US News and World Report, as well as Bloomberg Businessweek. Kelley offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in business management, making it a great choice for those who want to put down long-term roots during their education.
University of Texas, Austin
Not only is this cutting-edge facility a leader in the field of biotechnology, it’s located in one of the most hip and happening cities in the United States.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Speaking of location, it’s a good thing UCLA keeps its students so busy with its pioneering classes in science, engineering, and much more. The lure of the ideal California weather would try the willpower of lesser pupils.
The alma mater of President Gerald Ford, this Ann Arbor gem offers graduate programs tailored specifically to the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The programs at Wharton focus on the journey of a great idea, from its inception to its global impact.
University of California, Berkeley
This gorgeous and historic campus will help aspiring businesspeople gain a 360-degree perspective on the world. Also offering an evening and weekend MBA program in business administration, for those who don’t have the time to devote to full residency.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
While Harvard does just about everything well, its contributions to the business world shouldn’t be outshone by the name recognition alone. Be forewarned, however, that those who settle in Boston are often reluctant to leave.
Babson College (Olin), Babson Park, Massachusetts
The US News report gives Babson’s graduate program in business the top rating in entrepreneurship, giving it a slight edge over its Cambridge cousin. Emphasis on global leadership is the focus here, with prime opportunities for travel and volunteer work.