Entrepreneurship Program Ranked Fourth in Nation

Entrepreneur magazine

In October 2009, Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review ranked the Freeman School's entrepreneurship program fourth best in the country.

The Freeman School is one of the top five graduate schools in the nation for entrepreneurship. That’s the finding of Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review, which ranked the Freeman School fourth in the nation on their list of Top Graduate Programs for Entrepreneurs. The ranking appeared in the October 2009 issue of Entrepreneur.

“We are grateful for this ranking that recognizes the quality and uniqueness of our entrepreneurship programs,” said John Elstrott, executive director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship. “This ranking reflects the commitment of our students, faculty and staff to engage in the reinvention and rebuilding of the new New Orleans. The Freeman School’s entrepreneurship programs and courses are dedicated to teaching and implementing the paradigm-shifting principles of conscious capitalism and social entrepreneurship that are redefining how free-market economies function around the world.”

The Freeman School has built a strong reputation in recent years for social entrepreneurship, which refers to the use entrepreneurial principles to address social problems. Under Elstrott’s guidance, the Freeman School has also become a leader in the emerging paradigm of conscious capitalism, which calls for organizations to optimize the alignment of all stakeholders rather than focus on maximizing shareholder returns at the expense of employees, the community or the environment.

The 2010 Tulane Business Plan will be the first such competition in the country to incorporate principles of conscious capitalism into its requirements.

Entrepreneur and the Princeton Review surveyed more than 2,300 schools to come up with this year’s ranking. Entrepreneurship programs were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom experiences.