FGCU named best school in Florida for undergraduate entrepreneurship by The Princeton Review
FGCU made the list for Top 50 Entrepreneurship Programs for Undergrads on The Princeton Review and ranked at no. 30, and no. 1 in Florida. These findings were also published by Entrepreneur Magazine.
According to the Princeton Review, their undergraduate entrepreneurship programs list is based on institutional survey data, including academic offerings, experiential learning opportunities, and career outcomes.
This ranking may have come at an apt time, as the university is raising money to build a 27,000-square-foot Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on campus.
“We tried a new model with an independent School of Entrepreneurship, and it works!” said Sandra Kauanui, director of FGCU’s School of Entrepreneurship. “This ranking by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine sets us apart from other entrepreneurship schools, especially those in Florida. It’s nice to be recognized for the hard work we have all contributed to reaching our goal.”
The three-year-old program has 1,800 students enrolled in entrepreneurship classes and is currently FGCU’s most rapidly growing program. FGCU offers both an entrepreneurship major and minor. According to FGCU’s website, the program focuses on developing skills to recognize opportunities, foster customer development, manage finances, communicate vision, craft business plans/models, acquire resources and all-around creativity.
“This ranking demonstrates FGCU’s commitment to entrepreneurship,” said Jim Llorens, interim provost of FGCU. “The significant growth in the past several years shows we have created a program the region wants and needs. This recognition is the result of a commitment by Dr. Kauanui, her leadership team and the Southwest Florida community. Without that support, this would not happen.”