Babson Featured in The Best 381 Colleges – 2017 Edition by The Princeton Review

Survey shows undergraduate students are having a positive experience

Princeton ReviewBabson 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 2017 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 381 Colleges.

The organization surveyed Babson College undergraduate students, and reports that:

  • Students are happy;
  • Career services are great;
  • Internships are widely available;
  • School is well run;
  • Students love Babson Park, MA; and
  • Everyone loves the Beavers.

In its Babson profile, Babson students are quoted extensively. Among their comments:

  • Babson College provides a, “culture of entrepreneurship and fosters collaboration through group work and unconventional assignments.” “We live and breathe business,” says one business administration major, of the tight-knight, “diverse” group of undergraduate and graduate students on campus.
  • Babson College students say their, “professors are passionate about the course material and bring their real-life experience into the classroom. The academics are rigorous but worthwhile.”
  • “The small class sizes make it very easy to make friends and establish new relationships,” students explain, and, “days without meetings for clubs and organizations are rare.”
  • Babson College students stress the diversity on campus. This varied population means that, “a lot of diverse perspectives are brought about during discussions.”
  • Even at a Undergraduate School where business is the name of the game, “everybody at Babson seems willing to help whenever they can whether it is emotional support or help with academics.”

“We are pleased with the latest appraisal from The Princeton Review,” said Ian Lapp, Dean of the Undergraduate School. “The high marks that students give to the transformative undergraduate education at Babson College reflects the deep seated commitment of our community to create a learning environment where entrepreneurial leaders flourish.”

The Princeton Review further recommends Babson in its website feature, "2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region - Northeast / Midwest / Southeast / West" which profiles a total of 649 schools across the four regions (plus four international schools).

The institutions in The Best 381 Colleges also have rating scores in categories that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2015-16 academic year and/or its student survey for the book. The ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 and they appear in each school profile. Among the ratings in the Babson profile are scores of Interesting Professors (92), Accessible Professors (89), Academic (88), Financial Aid (90), Quality of Life (93), Green (93), and Admissions (94).

Among its previously published categorized undergraduate lists, Babson is named the No. 1 program for ‘Undergraduate Entrepreneurship’; No. 8 for ‘Best Career Placement’; No 32 among ‘Colleges that Pay You Back’; and is also included as a ‘Green College’ and a ‘College that Creates Futures’. These lists are updated by Princeton Review throughout the year.

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Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of The Princeton Review's most popular guides. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book, in 62 categories, based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students attending the colleges.

"Babson's outstanding academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants," says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher and author of The Best 381 Colleges. "We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys of administrators at several hundred four-year colleges. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from our school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools. We also keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity, and character."

Methodology

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from one to 381 in any category. Instead it uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in the book in various categories. The lists in this edition are entirely based on The Princeton Review's survey of 143,000 students (about 375 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 their assessments of their professors as teachers to opinions about their school's library, career services, and student body's political leanings.

The Best 381 Colleges is the 25th edition of The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" book. It is one of 150 Princeton Review books published by Penguin Random House in a line that also includes guides for dozens of standardized tests, and other college guides including "The Complete Book of Colleges" and "Colleges That Pay You Back."

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA and is an operating business of Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH). Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds ®​​. The top​-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial 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 make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action ® ​​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​

By Shannon Sweeny, ssweeny1@babson.edu, (781) 239-4621 | 9/19/2016 8:00 AM