The academic course work is rigerous and the grading can be tough, but well worth the effort when you graduate and look back on all you accomplished. Class sizes are usually small and fairly personalized. Babson has great faculty members, especially the accounting faculty. Professors in almost every class I had were available outside of class to answer questions and help clear up confusing material.Quality of Life
Everything is great and continues to improve every year.Admissions
Babson incorporates some application processes from the Common App, but also has unique essays tailored to aspiring entrepreneurs.Graduation Year
Class size about 20. A lot of group work and the work load in general is very heavy. There are many study abroad opportunities.Quality of Life
Housing is very good. Facilities helpfulness is extreme. Dining hall is pretty good.Level
Very competitive, looking for well rounded studentGraduation Year
The primary focus is business and from day one, you are submerged in the "business boot camp" structure of Babson. From the freshman year FME program, where you collaborate with 30 other student and run your own business, to all of the concentration classes in junior and senior year, you are getting prepared for the real world. The professors are highly successful business people who excel in their fields and teach you how to be successful. The small class sizes allow real relationships with professors and peers to be established while allowing personalized attention to every student. Studying abroad is a popular option at Babson and they have programs with some of the most prestigious schools in the world, including London School of Economics and St. Andrews University. Although the workload at Babson is frequently overwhelming and difficult to manage, the students emerge with a strong work ethic and desire to succeed.Admissions
Common Application plus a supplemental essayGraduation Year
Babson divides the credits into half liberal arts, and half business courses.
Every freshman takes a two semester management and IT course where every class starts a business and runs it the spring semester.
There are two rhetoric requirements, as well as statistics, calculus and data modeling course.Admissions
Early decision. It was common app, essay, recommendation.
The financial aid process was separate and it was via College Boards CSS profile.Graduation Year
Core Liberal arts and business classes for two yearsQuality of Life
Food sucks, housing is ok, social life sucks, but there are worse.Graduation Year
The manner in which Babson's curriculum is structured allows students to be exposed to all areas of business before they are faced with choosing which area of business to concentrate their studies in. I found this to be extremely important. Many of my peers at other institutions had to choose a major by the end of their sophomore year, after taking all their general ed requirements and before being exposed to many disciplines.
At Babson, all first-year students are exposed to a general introductory year-long business course called Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME). In this class, they form teams of thirty students and create business plans during the fall semester and actually implement the plans and operate the businesses during the spring semester.
Before junior year, students are exposed to financial and managerial accounting, corporate finance, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, micro- and macro- economics, and strategy--among many other courses, including liberal arts, science, and business law. Only after taking all these courses must a student determine which field of business to focus his or her studies in. This is a huge advantage because it allows students to taste all areas of business before making a commitment.Graduation Year
The application essay was quite unique. Interviews were not required, but very beneficial.Level
Well-rounded business education, excellent professors, ideal class sizesQuality of Life
Excellent dining, dormitories could have been better supervised, library was very good, beautiful campusAdmissions
Standard processGraduation Year
2004 or earlier
Very focused on practical experience, incorporating Harvard Business Cases and professors with extensive work experience. Class size and professor accessibility were strong. Good competition with students who were very focused, who had strong initiative and high achievers. There were a few "old school" teachers who had some chauvenistic approaches, but there were many young teachers with far more enthusiasm. Study abroad opportunities existed.Admissions
essays, interviews,Graduation Year
2004 or earlier