Washington University in St. Louis continues the accolades of being recognized as a top 10 entrepreneurial institution for undergraduate programs (#8) and rising two spots for graduate programs (#4) in 2024.
“At its core, entrepreneurship encourages and celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration. We’re proud to support so many change-makers across campus as they share their diverse knowledge and skills while working to shape the future,” said II Luscri, Assistant Vice Provost for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Managing Director of the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Whether it’s inside the classroom or across extracurricular activities, the entrepreneurial offerings among undergraduate and graduate programs continue to expand. Between all Danforth Campus schools, WashU provides over 55 courses to both levels where entrepreneurship is the primary focus. To further complement the strong curriculum, experiential programs, such as the Skandalaris Venture Competition, offers a safe environment where students have the opportunity to explore and progress their ideas.
“The fact that the fall cycle [of SVC] produced 95 independent ventures shows the hunger and drive of the Washington University community,” Luscri explains. “These rankings through The Princeton Review and other publications matter. When looking at schools, students notice, because they’re arriving on campus, ready to get involved, day one, with innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Additionally, the Skandalaris Center acknowledges the many interdisciplinary partners that play such a pivotal role in the ecosystem. Whether it’s Doug Villhard encouraging teams to participate in IdeaBounce® through the Hatchery or students enrolling in Heather Cameron’s Social Entrepreneurship class, advancing entrepreneurship at WashU takes a village.
The Princeton Review rankings are a result of a summer 2023 survey submission from administrators at nearly 300 schools offering undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurial studies. Data points from more than 40 questions are reviewed and analyzed to produce the rankings each year. Information about the methodology for the rankings is posted on the company’s website.