For the second year in a row, Forbes named Clark University as one of the country’s top 20 most entrepreneurial schools. Clark appeared at No. 16 on Forbes’ list of “Most Entrepreneurial Universities,” while the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) continues its high standing with The Princeton Review.
The Forbes’ rankings appeared in its August 2015 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. 16, Clark University placed just after New York University and before Harvard and Boston University. Stanford occupied the top spot.
Clark’s entry on the list of research universities cites the example of Rebecca Liebman ’15, a co-creator of LearnLux, a leading interactive website that teaches financial literacy.
“I initially came to Clark because I saw the opportunity to take initiative and saw that students really make things happen,” Liebman says. “Clark brings passionate, intelligent people together to make a collaborative community.”
Hugh Panero ’78, who led the launch of XM Satellite Radio in 2001 and was its first CEO, recently told CLARK magazine, “Clark’s culture has always been one of entrepreneurship. If you have a good idea and the risk tolerance to go out and try it, your effort should be reflected in the civic things that get done and in the business things that get done. I find that very cool.”
Additional notable Clark entrepreneurs include GSOM alumni Matthew Goldman, BA ’83, M.B.A. ’84, founder of Blue Man Group; Brad Powers, BA ’97, M.B.A ’98, Chairman and CEO at Cupcake Digital; and Brad McNamara, M.B.A./M.S ’13, founder of Freight Farms.
Survey data results in rating scores of five categories: Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting, and Professors Accessible. The book’s two-page profiles of each school also include sections on student life and graduate employment data.
“We are pleased to once again be recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best business schools,” said GSOM Dean Catherine Usoff. “We strive to be highly regarded as a diverse community of learners, researchers and business professionals that prepares future leaders to think critically, manage collaboratively and contribute to their organizations and society. I am proud of the passion, initiative and commitment of our students, faculty and staff.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the business schools hierarchically, instead focusing on topics that give applicants a broad range of information to determine which school might be the best fit for them. According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, the schools were chosen based on the company’s high regard for their academic programs, as well as a review of institutional data and student feedback.