25 top programs for undergrads

Even freshmen have visions of startups at these top spots.

University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Tuition: $32,160

Why we chose it: Undergraduates need to learn business basics in a highly structured program, and Wharton rises to the top tier because it offers that, says venture capitalist Michael Greeley of IDG Ventures. Celebrated Wharton professor of entrepreneurship and innovation Ian MacMillan is passionate about mentoring fledgling business owners. This Ivy out-innovates many schools when it comes to finding ways for undergrads to test the entrepreneurial waters. The new Wharton Venture Award, for example, pays six juniors $10,000 to take a summer to build their own businesses. Another program places students in paid summer internships with growing companies. On Startup Night, venture capitalists come to campus to talk about job openings at companies in their portfolios.

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