University of Southern California

USC Marshall's Greif Center named No. 1 entrepreneurship program
Princeton Review, Entrepreneur tab grad program as tops
October 15, 2007 • by News at Marshall

The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC's Marshall School of Business has been named the nation's No. 1 graduate program in just-released 2007 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review.

The rankings will appear in Entrepreneur's November issue, on newsstands Oct. 23. This is the fifth year of the rankings, and involved evaluations of entrepreneurship programs at some 900 schools.

The magazine's editors said surveys found that budding entrepreneurs are strongly interested in programs with "strong alumni networks, an emphasis on feasibility studies and activities for engaging the local business community," all areas that play to USC Marshall's strengths as a center for entrepreneurial study and research. Schools were evaluated in such areas as academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences.

The Greif Center is the nation's oldest integrated entrepreneurship program. Fortune magazine recently named Greif Center Director Tom O'Malia one of the nation's top 12 entrepreneurship professors.

USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis has identified entrepreneurship and innovation as core areas of emphasis for the school, which is headquartered in the heart of the one of the nation's most entrepreneurial regions.

Students are required to meet and extensively interview entrepreneurs in the field they'd like to pursue, and routinely take part in networking opportunities. As with all USC Marshall graduate students, they are required to have an international experience, during which they work on business problems facing real companies.

Graduates become part of USC Marshall's 70,000-strong alumni network, which comprises about a third of the University of Southern California's entire Trojan Family.

USC Marshall's many successful alumni entrepreneurs include Marc Benioff of, Paul Orfalea of Kinko's, Chris DeWolfe and Josh Berman of MySpace and Gordon Marshall of Marshall Industries, a pioneer in Internet-enabled electronics distribution.

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.