LinkedIn Profile Service has rated Babson College the top school for entrepreneurship based on skill endorsements

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Independent company LinkedIn Profile Service has rated Babson College the top school for entrepreneurship, based on the number of entrepreneurship and startup skill endorsements of the Babson alumni community. Skill endorsements allow LinkedIn members to recognize the skills and expertise of their connections.

Researching the number of endorsements for the skills “entrepreneurship” and “start-ups” among college alumni on LinkedIn, LinkedIn Profile Service tested to see which U.S. University rated at the top. Recognizing that Babson is consistently ranked one of the top schools for entrepreneurship with both U.S. News and Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine giving it top honors, it ranked Babson against ten familiar names for creating entrepreneurs, such as Stanford, Harvard, USC, MIT, CMU, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale and the University of Houston. According to LinkedIn Profile Service, Babson and Stanford are the top two universities for number of alumni with endorsed entrepreneurship and start-up skills. When focused on the skill “entrepreneurship” alone, Babson scores a 5.6% while Stanford only registers a 4.8%.

“It’s a strong testimonial that Babson… can beat the Ivy League and other prestigious universities,” writes LinkedIn Profile Service. “This validates the research by Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine and U.S. News which ranked Babson #1."

About LinkedIn’s Skill Endorsements

LinkedIn’s Skill Endorsements is a tool that members use to recognize their connections' skills and expertise with just one click. It allows LinkedIn connections the ability to confirm professional assets on individual LinkedIn profiles.


  • Stanford: Top 24 Skills 160,159 – Start-ups 10,532 – Entrepreneurship 7,689 – 11.4% total
  • Babson: Top 24 Skills 43,171 – Start-ups 2,148 – Entrepreneurship 2,401 – 10.5% of total
  • MIT: Top 24 Skills 93,290 – Start-ups 5,348 – Entrepreneurship 3,716 – 9.7% of total
  • Harvard: Top 24 Skills 160,159 – Start-ups 5,444 – Entrepreneurship 5,471 – 8.2% of total
  • Princeton: Top 24 Skills 47,804 – Start-ups 2,063 – Entrepreneurship 1,735 – 7.9% of total
  • Yale: Top 24 Skills 66,711 – Start-ups 2,108 – Entrepreneurship 1,874 – 5.9% of total
  • USC Top 24 Skills 193,052 – Start-ups 0 – Entrepreneurship 0 – 0% of total
  • CMU: Top 24 Skills 75,699 – Start-ups 0 – Entrepreneurship 0 – 0% of total
  • Penn: Top 24 Skills 111,980 – Start-ups 0 – Entrepreneurship 0 – 0% of total
  • Houston: Top 24 Skills 129,270 – Start-ups 0 – Entrepreneurship 0 – 0% of total

Source: LinkedIn's alumni tool. Data pulled on November 17, 2013.

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About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit

By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 11/20/2013 08:00