The Ivy Scholars guide to Babson College’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Wellesley, Massachusetts
Mascot: Biz E Beaver
Type: Private Business School
Population: 3,100 (2,300 undergrads)
Founded to offer an education which prepared students for roles as executives, not mere cogs in the workforce, Babson has focused on the practicalities of business since its inception. With only a single major and degree offered, Babson remains devoted to preparing students for the world of business, though they have greatly expanded their Liberal Arts course offerings.
Year Founded: 1919
4 Year Graduation Rate: 89%
Gender Distribution: 53% male, 47% female
Acceptance Rate: 19%
Residency: 27% in state, 43% out of state, 30% international
Location Type: College Town
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Class Size: 20
Demographics: 40% Other/unknown, 33% Caucasian, 12% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 4% Black
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Average Applicant Pool: 6,400
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 1,700
Average Number Enrolled: 600
Application Systems: Common App
Average GPA: 3.86 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1270, 75th% – 1450
ACT Scores: 25th% – 28, 75th% – 32
*Test mandatory, writing sections required. Babson is test-optional until 2024.
Demonstrated Interest: Babson College does consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:One letter from a counselor and one letter from a teacher are required.
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School Motto: Life, Sweetness, Hope
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Residence halls come in a variety of shapes and sizes, offering both traditional dorm-style housing and suites. There is also special interest housing available, where students can join a living learning community. Female-only housing is available. All first-year students are required to live on-campus. Housing is not guaranteed for transfer students. Students are permitted to live on-campus for all four years. There are 17 different residence halls available.
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Financial Aid: Around 50% of all students receive some form of financial aid. Babson is need blind, and commits to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need. They will meet this same level of need each year, as long as there isn’t a major change in the family’s financial situation. International students are eligible for limited financial aid.
Scholarships: While the majority of aid dollars are devoted to financial need, Babson also offers merit-based scholarships. Many of these scholarships are awarded when students first enter the college, but some are awarded in later years to students who show remarkable academic achievements.