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Forbes Ranks Rensselaer Among Nation’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities


Media Relations

August 5, 2015

Forbes Ranks Rensselaer Among Nation’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Rensselaer is ranked 12th among the “most entrepreneurial universities” for 2015, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes ranked the country’s most entrepreneurial schools based on the numbers of alumni, alumnae, and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn (adjusted to total student body size).

Rensselaer is in good company. The top 15 schools are: Stanford, MIT, University of California, Berkeley, Cornell, UCLA, California Institute of Technology, Brown, Princeton, Dartmouth, Pepperdine, Yale, Rensselaer, Northeastern, Southern Methodist University, and New York University.

 “Rensselaer students have access to a wide range of learning tools and resources to help develop and pursue entrepreneurial thinking and innovative opportunities,” said Thomas Begley, dean of the Rensselaer Lally School of Management. “The creativity, skill sets, and critical thinking we instill, combined with the help and guidance we provide through the Paul J. ’69 and Kathleen M. Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, are primary reasons why so many of our alumni and alumnae become successful entrepreneurs.”

“The School of Management has eight entrepreneurs in residence, all successful business leaders,” Forbes stated in the ranking.

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,600 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.