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Students work on projects in the BeAM (Be A Maker) Design Center in Murray Hall

Entrepreneurially minded students can take advantage of the BeAM makerspaces on campus. UNC’s undergraduate entrepreneurship education program was ranked No. 4 in the nation. (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Entrepreneurship education earns top-tier ranking

Undergraduate entrepreneurship education at UNC-Chapel Hill has never been stronger, according to a new national ranking. U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC-Chapel Hill as the No. 4 undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the country. The ranking, which is the highest in the program’s history and is based on peer assessment surveys, signals the breadth, depth and diversity of Carolina’s entrepreneurship education.

One of the most distinctive elements of entrepreneurship at UNC is the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship, which is housed in the College. For 13 years, undergraduate students from any major across campus have been able to earn a minor in entrepreneurship.

The Shuford Program not only involves coursework in the economics department, but also a summer internship with entrepreneurial firms in the local area, across the country or abroad. A generous $18 million gift from the Shuford family in May 2017 has allowed the program to amplify the way it serves students. It’s now able to support additional faculty and internship opportunities to meet increasing student demand. Since 2005, more than 1,500 students have enrolled in the program.

UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School supports entrepreneurs through courses and many other forms of structured learning. Its entrepreneurship center allows both undergraduate and graduate students to enroll in entrepreneurship courses or pursue a concentration. The business school also provides special co-curricular offerings.