PitchBook ranks universities based off number of graduates who founded companies

PitchBook has released its annual university rankings that compare schools by tallying up the number of alumni entrepreneurs who have founded venture capital-backed companies.

The list breaks down the universities based on four categories: (1) all founders who only received an undergraduate degree; (2) those who received a graduate degree; (3) female matriculating with an undergraduate degree; and (4) females receiving a graduate degree. The undergraduate and graduate rankings are powered by PitchBook data and are based on an analysis of more than 144,000 VC-backed founders.

Not surprising, two institutions are ranked in the top five regardless of category. They are Stanford and Harvard. Two others – University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – made the top five list in three of the four lists.

The only Tennessee university to make the list of 100 institutions is Vanderbilt which placed #53 on those who founded companies after earning an undergraduate degree, #67 for those founders who earned a graduate degree, and #47 for females with an undergraduate degree.

The full list can be found here.

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