Texas Tech Recognized for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Kathryn Dankesreiter | December 13, 2022
Texas Tech University continues to be listed among the best colleges and universities for entrepreneurs.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine announced its annual ranking of the Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship studies for 2023, with Texas Tech ranked No. 12 in the country for undergraduate entrepreneurship education.
The publication also ranked Texas Tech No. 4 in the West regional undergraduate list, moving up two spots from last year's ranking of No. 6.
“It is an honor to be recognized among some of the top schools in the nation for entrepreneurship,” said Taysha Williams, managing director of the Innovation Hub at Research Park (The Hub). “Texas Tech has built a robust ecosystem providing a substantial impact on student education and a growing innovation culture in West Texas.”
The ranking results come after a comprehensive survey that posed over 60 questions and considered 40 data points about the programs, faculty, students and alumni from nearly 300 schools with entrepreneurship offerings. Information about the ranking methodology is posted on the Princeton Review's website.
The survey effort, led by Williams, pulled statistics from the Hub's programs, courses offered at Texas Tech with an entrepreneurial focus and companies formed by Texas Tech alumni who graduated with entrepreneurial certifications.
“We are very proud of the enthusiasm that Texas Tech students, faculty, and staff have for engagement in the university's entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Texas Tech Vice President for Research and Innovation Joe Heppert. “The entire staff at The Hub, led by Ms. Williams, and our volunteer mentors and sponsors have built one of the nation's top innovation and entrepreneurship programs. The outcomes of the program are remarkable!”
Texas Tech offers entrepreneurial coursework across a wide variety of disciplines. The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business offers a bachelor's degree in management with a concentration in strategic entrepreneurship and innovation while the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts both offer certificate programs in entrepreneurship. All three colleges offer undergraduate minors. Additional courses in entrepreneurialism are offered through the Department of Hospitality & Retail Management in the College of Human Sciences, the Department of Plant and Soil Science in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the College of Media & Communication.
“The Rawls College of Business is proud to be part of Texas Tech's efforts in entrepreneurship, and we are excited to receive this recognition for the second year in a row,” said Dean Margaret L. Williams. “This recognition is due to the exceptional leadership of Taysha Williams at the Innovation Hub and the enthusiastic involvement of our business students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to encourage the innovative spirit of our campus and our region.”