These Are America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities Of 2015

Here's an insider look at the top 10 startup research universities that made the 2015 Forbes list.

Forbes recently released their report on America’s most entrepreneurial schools. Their data is based on the number of alumni and students who identify themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn.

Here’s an insider look at the top 10 startup research universities that made the Forbes list:


  1. Stanford University

    Located in Stanford, CA, Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research universities. The graduate school of business offers a two-year MBA program and Stanford Ignite, a part-time program in innovation and entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, “a 2012 study estimated that companies formed by Stanford entrepreneurs generate world revenues of $2.7 trillion annually and have created 5.4 million jobs since the 1930s.” (Stanford Facts). Another fun fact: “Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 current astronauts.”  Website; Twitter: @Stanford

  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    A private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT is known for inspiring entrepreneurship: “25,800 active companies have been started or cofounded by living MIT Alumni; 3.3 million people are employed by companies started or cofounded by living MIT alumni; Famous companies founded by MIT Alums: Intel, Texas Instruments, Bose, Koch Industries, Dropbox, Campbell Soup.” Website; Twitter: @MIT

  3. University of California, Berkeley

    According to reports, “UC Berkeley has the largest number of highly ranked graduate programs in the country.” Also “Berkeley ranks 9th among universities that have produced the largest number of living billionaires.” Website; Twitter: @UCBerkeley

  4. Cornell University

    Cornell is an American private Ivy League and federal land-grant research university located in Ithaca, New York. Besides the fact that “The Titanic was built on West Campus,” Cornell “awarded the world’s first degree in journalism, the nation’s first degree in veterinary medicine, and the first doctorates in electrical and industrial engineering.” Website; Twitter: @Cornell

  5. University of California, Los Angeles

    UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Just five miles from the Pacific ocean, “the 2014 annual ranking by U.S News & World Report ranked UCLA second among public universities and 23rd among national universities.” Bruin Entrepreneurs is the premier entrepreneurship organization at UCLA and the university offers a new entrepreneurship minor along with extensive core curriculum options. Website; Twitter: @UCLA

  6. California Institute of Technology

    Caltech, boasts a 3:1 student-faculty ratio with a focus on science and engineering,  and a long standing rivalry with MIT. The private research university located in Pasadena, California. The university reports, “an average of 8 new companies are spun out each year … if you consider our size we are off the charts. No other institution comes close in the number of start-ups created per faculty member or per student.” Caltech provides entrepreneurship resources and an Entrepreneurship Club that “hosts boot camps and takes students on field trips to Silicon Valley” (Forbes). Website; Twitter: @Caltech

  7. Brown University

    The private Ivy League research university, based in Providence, Rhode Island was the as the first U.S. college to accept students regardless of religious affiliation. As a relatively small school with 8,943 students, it produces notable graduates (e.g., “57 Rhodes Scholars, 5 National Humanities Medalists, 8 billionaire graduates, and 10 National Medal of Science laureates.”) Meanwhile, according to students, a highlight is the “strategic location. It’s only an hour train ride to Boston, and a 3 hour drive to New York. Website; Twitter: @BrownUniversity

  8. Princeton University

    The private Ivy League research university, located in Princeton, New Jersey, “includes highly ranked graduate programs through the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. One unique aspect of Princeton’s academic program is that all undergraduate students are required to write a senior thesis.” Princeton also “hosts an annual startup competition,” according to Forbes, “and has a network of more than 10,000 entrepreneurial graduates.” Website; Twitter: @Princeton

  9. Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth, the smallest school in the Ivy League, is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. For college entrepreneurs with global aspirations, “Dartmouth is a historic leader in off-campus study, with programming dating back to at least 1958. Today, Dartmouth has formal exchanges with more than 25 countries on six continents.” While the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) fosters student entrepreneurship boasting “45,000 people and 14 chapter cities, courses, workshops, speaker series, startup competitions, and networking activities. The DEN is a core component of the newly established Dartmouth Office of Entrepreneurship & Technology Transfer.” Did we mention that Mr. Rogers and Dr. Seuss are both Dartmouth alums? Website; Twitter: @Dartmouth

  10. Pepperdine University

    Pepperdine is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university affiliated with the Churches of Christ, “offers a master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change with emphasis on Christian values” (Forbes). Located in Malibu, California (35 miles northwest of Los Angeles) Pepperdine has six permanent international campuses, and additional study and internship programs on six continents. Also, “there’s a general consensus among Pepperdine students that one of the best things about the school is the beautiful campus” (Unigo). Website; Twitter: @Pepperdine

Read the full top 20 list ‘Startup Schools: America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities 2015‘ here.


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