25 top programs for undergrads

Even freshmen have visions of startups at these top spots.

University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Tuition: $35,212

Why we chose it: USC started its undergraduate concentration in entrepreneurship in 1976, making it one of the first schools in the nation to recognize that starting a business would be an important skill in the lives of its students. The introductory program requires students to find an entrepreneur in their field of interest and write a paper about his or her business. Many students say the subjects of these papers become mentors, guiding them through their remaining years at USC. To help future business owners recharge, the USC E-club sponsors an end of the year trip to Mexico, which includes networking events, brewing company tours and plenty of margaritas.

Also appears in:  MBAs

Notable entrepreneurial alumni:
• Paul Orfalea, Founder, Kinko's, Graduated 1971
• Marc Benioff, Founder, Salesforce.com, Graduated 1986

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