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Babson Among Top Colleges For Undergraduate Education According To The Princeton Review

The Best 379 Colleges 2015 Guidebook Rates Babson 20th in Lots Of Race/Class Interaction Category

Babson College is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The business school is featured in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges. Additionally, Babson was ranked No. 20 in the Lots of Race/Class Interaction category.

The Princeton Review ranking arrives hot on the heels of a new college ranking by Money magazine proclaiming Babson the No. 1 college in the country.

“These results further validate our determined effort to create an exceptional learning and living environment within the most intentionally diverse student body anywhere,” said Babson Undergraduate Dean Scott Moore. “We are delighted that The Princeton Review recognizes our resolve to deliver the best undergraduate business education anywhere.”

In its profile on Babson, The Princeton Review quotes from student surveys that “Babson attracts creative, hardworking, extremely passionate individuals who want to turn their passions into businesses.” At the same time, The Princeton Review notes that the college maintains a “great sense of corporate social responsibility,” making Babson an appropriate choice for students with diverse career goals, from future bankers to startup visionaries.

Babson is ranked No. 20 in the category Lots of Race/Class Interaction, a list based on students’ answers to the survey question, “Do different types of students (black/white, rich/poor) interact frequently and easily at your school?”

According to The Princeton Review’s survey of Babson students:

  • Students are happy
  • Classroom facilities are great
  • School is well run
  • Great financial aid
  • Great off-campus food
  • Campus feels safe
  • Active student government
  • Active minority support groups

Babson rated high in five categories that The Princeton Review tallies, based on institutional data it collected during the 2013–2014 academic year. On a scale of 60 to 99, Babson received top scores in:

  • Quality of Life – 93
  • Green College – 95
  • Academic Rating – 95
  • Admissions rating – 96
  • Financial Aid rating – 92

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guidebook which includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories. The guidebook also includes ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories, based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges.

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and author of The Best 379 Colleges said, “Babson offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book. We base our choices primarily on data we obtain in our annual surveys of administrators at these schools and at hundreds of other colleges. We take into account input we get from our staff, our 27-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the sizable amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also work to maintain a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character.”

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.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring, and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The Company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The Company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview. Follow the Company's Twitter feed @ThePrincetonRev

By Barbara Spies Blair, 781-239-4621, blairb@babson.edu | 8/5/2014 5:00 PM