The undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) were named among the nation’s top 25 programs this year by two publications — The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine — in their Sixth Annual Top 50 Entrepreneurial Colleges list. The undergraduate program is rated 17th and the graduate program 12th.

The rankings are based on evaluations of faculty, students, academics and outside-the-classroom support and experiences. More than 2,300 institutions were surveyed.

This marks the second time LMU has been listed among the nation’s best entrepreneurship programs. Launched in 1972, the LMU program was one of the first in the country to teach entrepreneurship as a distinct discipline, and its faculty includes some of the most distinguished scholars in the field, LMU officials said.

Elissa Grossman, professor of management, and Fred Kiesner, professor of management and entrepreneurship, are recipients of the Acton Foundation’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education awards. Kiesner was also honored this year by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship as one of the best entrepreneurship educators in the nation.

“We teach our students to believe in themselves, we give them the skills to take the first step and we show them how to learn from their failures,” said Kiesner, who holds the Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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