PROVO, Utah — Entrepreneur magazine recently ranked Brigham Young University’s Marriott School 12th in the nation in its annual “Top Entrepreneurial Colleges” undergraduate program review.

The article, which appears in the October 2006 issue of Entrepreneur, compiled rankings for both undergraduate and graduate programs, in cooperation with The Princeton Review. Ratings were based on the number of entrepreneurship courses offered, enrolled students and recent graduates who started their own businesses, entrepreneurs within the faculty and scholarships offered.

BYU was also ranked among the publication’s top-tier regional schools in 2005, 2004 and 2003.

Gary Rhoads, marketing professor and associate director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, said the center’s students and volunteers are what set the Marriott School apart from the majority of collegiate entrepreneurial programs.

“Our students are just naturally entrepreneurial,” Rhoads said. “We’re one of the national hot spots for patents, new ideas and new businesses. Our center is a response to the creativity that our students naturally show. We also have entrepreneurs who are highly dedicated to this program. They donate their time and services. How many places do you know that have people who would do that?”

The article states, “Schools that ranked high demonstrated a commitment to entrepreneurship both inside and outside the classroom and had faculty, students and alumni actively involved and successful in entrepreneurial endeavors.”

The University of Arizona ranked first in the undergraduate program category, followed by Syracuse and DePaul Universities. Syracuse took the top spot in the graduate program category, followed by DePaul and Northwestern University.