Entrepreneur magazine has named Seton Hill University one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities in the country. This is the third consecutive year Seton Hill has been singled out for this award. The university edged out over 1,000 entrepreneurship programs that were researched for this study and appears in the 4th tier of the top 50 regionally recognized academic programs in the country. Once again, Seton Hill is the only University of its size from Western Pennsylvania to make the list.

“This honor is a true testament to our faculty, staff, alumni and students who embrace entrepreneurial thinking,” said Seton Hill University President Dr. JoAnne Boyle. “At Seton Hill we believe in providing students with skills that will empower them to be not only successful, but to lead change. We are consistently working on creative initiatives to give our students the entrepreneurial skills needed for a successful future.”

Entrepreneur’s 3rd annual evaluation of the best entrepreneurship programs at U.S. colleges and universities is the most credible and comprehensive analysis of its kind. The magazine categorizes the nation’s entrepreneurship programs into one of three groups: Comprehensive (offering the widest variety of resources), Entrepreneurship Emphasis (a smaller number of entrepreneurship faculty, courses and initiatives), and Limited Curriculum (only a few faculty teaching a limited number of courses). The final rankings are based on more than 75 different criteria, including academic distinction, course offerings, teaching and research faculty, business-community outreaches, research centers and institutes, degrees and certificates offered, and faculty and alumni evaluations. These results appear in Entrepreneur’s April 2005 issue and are currently available online at www.entrepreneur.com/topcolleges.

TechKnowledge Point Corp, a Santa Barbara, California research company complied the data for Entrepreneur Magazine’s ranking. Founded in 2001 by David Newton, TechKnowledge Point Corp. is the world's first and only 24/7 online entrepreneurship research and referral exchange. Its proprietary database has comprehensive information for 1,000-plus collegiate entrepreneurship programs and centers worldwide, more than 2,500 faculty profiles, and more than 500 journal synopses.

An integral component of Seton Hill University’s entrepreneurial studies is the National Education Center for Women in Business (NECWB), a division established in 1991 by the institution’s management faculty to strengthen the economic impact of women business owners as a collective force and to advance their growth through innovative programming in entrepreneurship and new venture creation. Since its inception the NECWB has reached thousands of women with its model educational initiatives and has distinguished itself as a leading authority on small business issues. Current student focused initiatives include Connections, a first year student program providing an introduction to entrepreneurship, an opportunity for students to assess their entrepreneurial skill level and set goals to develop those skills; EntreTalk, a newly created alumni lecture series that teaches undergraduate students how to profit from their passion; and envision (www.e-magnify.com/envision), an interactive website that offers a sampling of career and professional resources available to budding entrepreneurs as well as an interactive quiz to assess entrepreneurial skills.

The University’s newest endeavor, the creation of the Seton Hill University Center, is intended to help revitalize Greensburg’s downtown business district. Jayne H. Huston, Director of the NECWB says that the University is taking appropriate steps to develop a business incubation program to complement the area’s economic development strategy as envisioned as part of the completed project.

Seton Hill University, chartered in 1918, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pa. with more than 30 undergraduate programs and 8 graduate programs, including an MBA. Seton Hill brings the world to its students through its distinguished lecturers and nationally and internationally renowned centers. Recognized three times by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 Entrepreneurial Universities, Seton Hill has also been named one of the Best Mid-Atlantic Colleges by The Princeton Review and one of Pennsylvania’s Top 100 Businesses by Pennsylvania Business Central. For more information on Seton Hill please visit www.setonhill.edu or call 1-800-826-6234.