Since 1983, our center has been a leader in entrepreneurial education—taking creative risks through our evidence-based approach—and we are consistently recognized as one of the best in the country. Learn more about our distinctive programs.


  • 2020: Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs by The Princeton Review
  • 2019: Top 12 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs by The Princeton Review
  • 2018: Top 20 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs by The Princeton Review
  • 2013: Named “National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program” by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2013: Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ “Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education”
  • 2013: Federal Laboratory Consortium’s “Outstanding Technology Transfer Program Award”
  • 2011: Named “#1 Most Impactful Classroom on the Outside World” by U.S. News & World Report
  • 2011: Federal Laboratory Consortium’s Midwest Regional Partnership Award and Midwest Regional Appreciation Award
  • 2011: Top 15 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2010: Top 10 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2009: Top 10 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2008: Top 50 MBA Entrepreneurship Programs in Women 3.0
    2008: Finalist for the Model Undergraduate Program Award by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2008: Top 10 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2007: Ranked 20th of America’s Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs by Entrepreneur/Princeton Review
  • 2007: Top 25 America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurship in Fortune Small Business
  • 2007: Received the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers’ Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation Award
  • 2007: Top 10 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2006: Top 5 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2005: Top 20 America’s Best Colleges for Graduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2005: Top 5 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2004: Entrepreneurship Dynamics Laboratory established at Ball State University
  • 2004: Top 20 America’s Best Colleges for Graduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2004: No. 1 Ranked Public University for Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2004: Top 5 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2003: Awarded $1 million grant from U.S. Department of Education
  • 2003: No. 1 in Entrepreneurship Programs for Regional Universities in Entrepreneur
  • 2003: Top 20 America’s Best Colleges for Graduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2002: Top 20 America’s Best Colleges for Graduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2001: Named the National Model Pedagogy Award in Entrepreneurship by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 2001: Selected as the Featured Business School for Entrepreneurship in Success
  • 2001: Top 25 Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurs for MBA in Entrepreneurship in Success
  • 2001: Top 5 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2000: Ball State establishes the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (later became the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers)
  • 2000: Recipient of the NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
  • 2000: No. 1 Ranked Public University for Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2000: Top 5 America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship in U.S. News & World Report
  • 2000: Recipient of the Indiana Quality Improvement Award
  • 1999: Recipient of the Indiana Quality Improvement Award
  • 1998: Recipient of the Indiana Quality Improvement Award
  • 1998: 25 Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurs in Success
  • 1998: Named the National Model MBA Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 1997: Top 10 Business Schools for Entrepreneurship Research in Journal of Management
  • 1997: Top 20 in a Journal of Business Venturing study
  • 1996: 25 Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurs in Success
  • 1995: 25 Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurs in Success
  • 1994: Top 3 Entrepreneurship Programs by the Kauffman Foundation, Ernst & Young, and Inc.
  • 1993: Recipient of the National Federation of Independent Business Excellence Award
  • 1993: Top 20 Business Schools with an MBA in Entrepreneurship in Business Week
  • 1990: Named the National Model Entrepreneurship Program by the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • 1989: Top 20 Business Schools for Entrepreneurship in Entrepreneur
  • 1989: MBA in entrepreneurship developed for interactive television
  • 1983: Entrepreneurship program founded as an undergraduate major