Babson specializes in business and entrepreneurship. Although the school offers only one degree—a B.S. in business—half of the students’ course loads are in the liberal arts and sciences. And upperclassmen can choose a “concentration,” akin to a major, in subjects as diverse as literary and visual arts, history and political studies, and environmental sustainability.
Still, the focus on business is the big draw—and provides a big payoff. Students get hands-on experience from the start, launching a business as part of a freshmen team (profits go to charity) and, in later years, through continuing interaction with local companies and via internships. The result of all that real-world learning: Babson alums report earning an average of nearly $60,000 a year within five years of graduation—about $13,000 more than the average for recent grads of comparable schools. Ninety percent graduate within six years, eight points better than similar colleges. And the list of ventures started by alums is impressive, including Gerber, Home Depot, and Zumba Fitness.
The suburban Boston campus draws an international crowd; more than 25% of students come from 70 countries other than the U.S. About half the students play sports (Babson has 22 Division III teams, as well as club and intramural teams). Monthly Knight parties and the annual spring concert, with headliners such as Kesha, also help students blow off steam.