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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

UA’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Lauded Again

New Princeton Review / Entrepreneur magazine rankings place UA program in top five for undergraduate and graduate studies.

TUCSON, Ariz. – Sept. 9, 2008 – The results of The Princeton Review / Entrepreneur magazine review of “Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges” are out, and The University of Arizona’s McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is again recognized among the best. In the review of graduate programs, McGuire is ranked #1 among public institutions and #4 among all institutions; in the undergraduate review, McGuire comes in at #2 among publics and #5 among all institutions. The program, housed in the Eller College of Management, has been ranked in the top five of both categories since the rankings began in 2002.

The news comes on the heels of the 2009 U.S. News and World Report survey of “Best Business Programs,” which placed the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at #5 among entrepreneurship programs nationwide, and #2 among entrepreneurship programs at public institutions. Earlier this year, the Financial Times global rankings named McGuire #6 in the world in entrepreneurship for the second year in a row.

“The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship programs in the country,” says Eller College dean Paul Portney. “It’s gratifying to see the ongoing hard work of nearly 25 years continue to pay off in the form of recognition by our peer schools.”

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1984 with the support of UA alumnus Karl Eller. Since then, the program has continuously evolved to meet the needs of emerging entrepreneurs. The heart of the one-year program, which is available to all UA students, is the Idea Path™ curriculum, which guides students through a step-by-step process to bring venture ideas to fruition. Through an arrangement with the UA Office of Technology Transfer, many of the ventures developed in the program are based on UA-developed technologies. Since the program began, more than 1,200 graduates have launched hundreds of ventures.

Beginning this year, the program is working with partner organizations around Southern Arizona to engage with “angel” investors — individuals who invest private capital into startups — who will meet with students at key points throughout the year to offer insight and advice on their specific ventures.

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The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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