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Universities With The Most Entrepreneurial Grads

Written by Tim Morral
Published: 11/19/2012

In a study of six prestigious universities, Stanford tops the list as the institution with the highest volume of well-funded entrepreneurs.

There are plenty of examples of entrepreneurs who made their marks on the world without a college degree (think Steve Job and Bill Gates). So why get an entrepreneurship degree? Because for most would-be entrepreneurs, the right university can equip you with the foundational understandings and business contacts you'll need to navigate the world of profitable business ownership.

Entrepreneurs in College - Rankings for Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Inevitably, some colleges and universities do a better job preparing their students for entrepreneurship than others. But which university churns out the largest number of successful entrepreneurs?

According to a recent study by, it's Stanford. In an analysis of funded alumni of six highly prestigious U.S. universities, the study revealed some important insights about the entrepreneurship education in the U.S.

Combined, the alumni from the six universities studied received $12.6 billion in financing (559 deals) during a four-year period from 2007 to 2011:

  • Stanford: $4.1 billion from 203 deals
  • Harvard: $3.8 billion from 112 deals
  • UC Berkeley: $1.3 billion from 90 deals
  • NYU: $1.2 billion from 48 deals
  • Penn: $1.2 billion from 46 deals
  • MIT: $1 billion from 60 deals

Not surprisingly, technology sector startups account for the majority of funded dollars and deals across the board. However, it's important to note that although Harvard ranks second in the report, if Facebook is factored out as an anomaly, the amount of funding secured by the school's alumni decreases to $1.8 billion.

To see a complete report of the study's findings, visit the website.

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