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Texas Christian University's Neeley Entrepreneurship Center ranked No. 22 on the undergraduate list. TCU/Facebook
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Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University ranked No. 4 on the list of graduate programs. Photo by Anca Loghin/Jones Graduate School of Business/Facebook
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C.T. Bauer College of Business at University of Houston ranked No. 2 on the undergraduate list. UH Bauer College of Business/Facebook
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The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine recently released a list of the nation’s top schools for entrepreneurship. Texas tied with New York as the most represented state in the country, with five schools each in the rankings.

The 2014 list features the 25 best undergraduate and 25 best graduate programs for entrepreneurial studies. Carrying Texas, the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Houston's C.T. Bauer College of Business ranked No. 2 on the undergraduate list; Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business Entrepreneurship landed at No. 4 on the list of graduate programs.

But Texas boasted three more schools among the two lists: Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University ranked No. 5 and No. 22, respectively, on the undergraduate list. The University of Texas at Austin took the No. 7 spot on the graduate list.

As for New York, on the undergraduate list were Syracuse University's Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (No. 4); Clarkson University's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship (No. 14); and Baruch College, The City University of New York's Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship (No. 25). Columbia University's Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and New York University's Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation ranked No. 21 and No. 24, respectively, on the graduate list.

Schools were judged by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur for involvement among faculty and students in entrepreneurship, scholarship money available, mentorship programs and percentage of recent graduates who started businesses.

The top spot on the 2014 undergraduate list went to Babson College in Massachusetts. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ranked first on the graduate list.

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