Research conducted on personality, entrepreneurship and the intentions of individuals towards entrepreneurship has been a widely debated topic recently, both within academia and among business circles. The purpose of this study is to examine social entrepreneurship and personality within a theoretical context and to implement a field study about the subject. In the field study; we have tried to reach students of Business Administration in Istanbul that are taking applied entrepreneurship classes in order to assess students' personality traits and of those students that show intention towards social entrepreneurship by studying the relationships between personal characteristics and their intention towards social entrepreneurship. By examining the obtained information from personal characteristics and which aspects of social entrepreneurship they influence; we have tried to identify, students that have certain personal characteristics that are more inclined to be candidates for social entrepreneurship which personal characteristics should be encouraged among students that are candidates of social entrepreneurship in order for them to establish successful social enterprises and to generate suggestions on which aspects of social entrepreneurship these candidate students must focus on. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.