Forbes Names Cooper Union the "Most Entrepreneurial" College in U.S.

POSTED ON: July 30, 2015

From the Forbes website

From the Forbes website

Forbes magazine has named The Cooper Union as the nation's Most Entrepreneurial college in its August 17th issue.

"The Cooper Union, which tops our Most Entrepreneurial College List this year, boasts more founders and owners among alumni and students on LinkedIn than Stanford University and MIT (adjusted for student body size)," according to Forbes. The schools were ranked by, "the total number of alumni and students who have identified themselves as founders and business owners on LinkedIn, divided by the school’s student body (undergraduate and graduate combined)." Research universities were ranked on a separate list from smaller colleges.

A related story headlined How Liberal Arts Colleges Reinvent Themselves As Startup Factories, quotes Eric Lima, associate professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of the Invention Factory.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.