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Rank: 69

Babson College

Wellesley, MAwww.babson.edu
Babson specializes in business and entrepreneurship. Although the school offers only one undergraduate 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 roughly $67,000 a year within a few years of graduation, which is about 23% more than the average for recent grads of comparable schools. Ninety-one percent of students graduate within six years, 15% more than at 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 80 foreign countries. About half the students play sports (Babson has 22 Division III teams, as well as more than 25 club and intramural teams), and 80% of undergrads live on campus. Monthly Knight parties and the annual spring concert, with headliners such as Kesha and Big Sean, also help students blow off steam.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$70,100
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$29,500
Average price for low-income students
$18,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
25%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1270/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,354
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
97%
% of students who get merit* grants
7%
Average merit grant
$17,687
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$66,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
68%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 3

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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