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Babson College Among Top Colleges named by The Princeton Review’s Book of “The Best 378 Colleges” 2014 Edition; Rated 11th 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 nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Babson in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 378 Colleges". Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. Additionally, Babson was also ranked #11 in “The Best 378 Colleges” for Lots of Race/Class interaction.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher and author of "The Best 378 Colleges" said ,"Babson College offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools."

In its profile on Babson, The Princeton Review praises the college for its integrated social responsibility, innovative course offerings, experienced professors, overall student experience, and student body diversity, among others. The review quotes Babson as “an appropriate choice for students with diverse career goals, from future bankers to start-up visionaries,” as well as attracting, “creative, hardworking, extremely passionate individuals that want to turn their passions into businesses.”

"At Babson College we are all proud of how the outstanding faculty and staff enable students---in the most intentionally diverse student body anywhere---to have a blended curricular and co-curricular experience that embodies our Entrepreneurial Thought and Action framework. Our innovative business and liberal arts education builds on our renowned FME for first year students," said Undergraduate Dean Scott Moore. "We are delighted that The Princeton Review recognizes our efforts aimed at delivering the best undergraduate business education anywhere."

Babson is also ranked #11 for Lots Of Race/Class Interaction. According to students quoted by the Review, “Babson is a ‘diverse school’, with about 30 percent of the student body coming from outside of the United States. Students at Babson are very focused on building connections with as many people as possible.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges academically or from 1 to 378 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 126,000 students (about 333 per campus on average) attending the colleges. The 80-question survey asks students to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences at them. Topics range from assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their financial aid. A new ranking list in this year's edition of the book names the schools at which students gave their school's science/lab facilities the strongest ratings. View the methodologies for each ranking »

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. The list includes: “Students are happy,” “School is well run,” and the “Campus feels safe”.

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 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.

By Hilary Katulak; hkatulak@babson.edu; 781-239-4623 | 8/6/2013 2:42 PM