Clark ranks high on Forbes list of most entrepreneurial universities

Anyone who knows Clark University knows that creativity, imagination and innovation are part of a Clarkie’s DNA. From entertainment to organic farming, from consulting to personal coaching, Clark alumni are making their marks as successful entrepreneurs. Forbes magazine has taken note, ranking Clark at No. 13 on its just-released list of the nation’s most entrepreneurial research universities.


Forbes published its ranking in a preview of its August 18 print issue. The list is based on the research universities’ entrepreneurial ratios – the number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn against the school’s total student body (undergraduate and graduate combined). At No. 13, Clark University placed just after Yale and before Syracuse. Stanford occupies the top spot.


Click here to view career profiles of more than 21,000 members of the Clark community, including 1,486 entrepreneurs, on the Clark LinkedIn page.

Clark’s listing in Forbes notes that “Matthew Goldman [’83, M.B.A. ’84] turned his economic lessons at Clark into Blue Man Group, now a multimillion-dollar show across the country that he cofounded.”


“Clark has always attracted students who are passionate, creative, and action oriented. Some pursue an Innovation & Entrepreneurship minor or participate in student-run ventures or idea competitions while at Clark. With their strong educational preparation, a well-earned confidence, and a desire to make a difference, it is no wonder a high percentage of Clarkies become entrepreneurs,” said Catherine Usoff, Dean of the graduate school of management.


Clark’s high standing on the Forbes ranking and recognition for alumni entrepreneurship may not be a surprise to the Clark community. Hundreds already have “liked” or shared this latest news online, and no doubt hundreds more are continuing on their groundbreaking paths as entrepreneurs.