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 Babson College Featured In The Princeton Review Book, “The Best 377 Colleges” – 2013 Edition; Ranked Among Top 5 In Lots of Race/Class Interaction Category

Babson College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.

Babson College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges". Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide.

In addition, Babson is ranked #5 in "The Best 377 Colleges" for Lots of Race/Class Interaction. Babson is also part of a group of 633 colleges that The Princeton Review commends (but does not rank) in its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region - Northeast / Midwest / Southeast / West."

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 377 Colleges," "We commend Babson College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board."

“Babson College has an outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum and a rich and diverse student body. We intentionally blend curricular and co-curricular activities within a general framework of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action which creates an exceptional educational experience,” said Interim Undergraduate Dean Bob Halsey. “We are delighted that The Princeton Review confirms our belief that a Babson educational experience is one of the best in the world.”

In its profile on Babson College The Princeton Review praises the school for its "its emphasis on entrepreneurship; all freshmen must undertake the school’s Foundations in Management and Entrepreneurship immersion course, during which undergrads create their own startups" and quotes extensively from Babson students the Company surveyed for the book. Among their comments about their campus experiences there: “When I took a quick look at the curriculum, I was positive whatever I wanted to study in business could be found” at Babson.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in the book academically or from 1 to 377 in any category. Instead it reports in the book 62 ranking lists of "top 20" colleges in various categories. The lists are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 122,000 students (about 324 per campus on average) attending the colleges in the book and not on The Princeton Review's opinion of the schools. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking list in the book and at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx

Babson is ranked #5 on the following ranking lists in "The Best 377 Colleges": Lots Of Race/Class Interaction. According to students quoted by the Review, “It is hard to pinpoint a typical student, as Babson is so diverse,” but the common thread is that “we all view business as a primary, shared strand that can link our interests and passions in order to help us make a difference in the world.” Babson “is an international college. Outside of our library, there is a flag tree where the flags of different students represented on our campus are flown to show our diversity. We have students from about sixty-seven different countries,” and students “learn from each others’ differences. It is one of the great pieces of knowledge we are able to pick up at Babson.”

In a "Survey Says" sidebar in the book's profile on Babson, The Princeton Review lists topics that Babson students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “Diverse student types on campus,” “Internships are widely available,” “Campus feels safe,” “Low cost of living,” “Great computer facilities,” and “School is well run.”

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

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Media Contact for Babson College: Michael Chmura, mchmura@babson.edu, 781-239-4549. Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350 or Kristen O'Toole, Princeton Review, 888-347-7737, ext. 1405 (kotoole@review.com).

By Hilary Katuak;hkatulak@babson.edu;781-239-4549 | 8/22/2012 11:29 AM