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Top entrepreneur colleges: Baylor, University of Houston & Rice ranked No. 2, 3 and 4 in America

Top entrepreneur colleges: Baylor, University of Houston & Rice ranked No. 2, 3 and 4 in America

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Rice University ranks among the top graduate schools for entrepreneurship, and the University of Houston for undergraduate programs.  FreeVictor.com

Houston ranks as a top city for entrepreneurial studies, as evidenced by the new list of Top 25 Graduate and Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurial Colleges.

On the 2012 list, which was published by the Princeton Review on Monday and will be available in the October issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business ranked No. 3 among undergraduate programs. Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurship Program took the No. 4 spot on the list of graduate programs.

For the rankings, the Princeton Review conducted a survey of school administrators in the spring of 2012, tallying each university's level of commitment to entrepreneurship inside the classroom and outside, determined by the percentage of entrepreneurially-successful and -active faculty members, students and alumni, plus the available funds and support for entrepreneurial studies and projects.

For the rankings, the Princeton Review conducted a survey of school administrators in the spring of 2012, tallying the level entrepreneurship inside the classroom and outside. 

While the Wolff Center fell two spots from last year, the Jones Entrepreneurship Program rose five spots from 2011, with nearly $1 million in scholarships awarded to 343 enrolled students during the 2011-2012 term.

Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship took No. 2 in the undergraduate rankings and the entrepreneur program at Babson College in Massachusetts took the No. 1 spot (that school has ranked No. 1 on the graduate list for four consecutive years). 

Texas is the top state for entrepreneurial programs — others on the list include the Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship in Austin (which ranked No. 18 in graduate), the University of Texas at Austin (No. 5 in graduate) and the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University (No. 24 in undergraduate).