Babson College Among The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges

The 2019 book ranks Babson among the country’s best colleges

Babson Princeton ReviewBabson College is among The Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges.

"We picked the 384 'best' colleges for our book primarily for their outstanding academics; we highly recommend each one," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief and the book's lead author.

Babson is ranked in the 2019 edition of The Princeton Review's annual "Best Colleges" guidebook, "The Best 384 Colleges" and is among those cited in the Best Regional College listing Best Northeastern (colleges).

Babson is ranked No. 12 in the Lots of Race/Class Interaction category.

Students say Babson  College  provides  a  “culture  of  entrepreneurship”  and  “fosters  collaboration  through  group  work  and  unconventional  assignments.  Professors  are  passionate  about  the  course  material  and  bring  their  real-life  experience  into  the  classroom.”

As a “small college, attendance and participation are extremely important,” and “professors want to make connections with their students. ... It is not uncommon to hear about professors recommending or referring students  to internships and full-time positions with their extensive networks.”

Babson students stress the diversity on campus. This varied population means that, “a lot of diverse perspectives  are  brought about during discussions.” Even  at  a  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.”

“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.”

In  short,  “the  average  student  at  Babson  is  well  read,  wildly  ambitious,  and  heavily  involved  in  extracurricular  organizations  on  campus.”

“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the top colleges in the country by The Princeton Review,” said Undergraduate School Dean Ian Lapp, “noting the benefits of a small, diverse, tight-knit community with academic rigor, supportive environment, and collaborative and entrepreneurial mindset.”

Survey Says

  • Students are  happy
  • Career services  are  great
  • Internships are  widely  available
  • School is  well  run
  • Students love  Babson  Park,  MA
  • Everyone loves  the  Beavers
  • Active student  government
  • Active minority  support  groups

Additional Survey Background

The Princeton Review tallied the rankings for the 2019 edition based on its surveys of 138,000 students (average 359 per campus) attending the 384 colleges in the book in 2017–2018 and/or the previous two school years.

The survey asks students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons. More information on the ranking methodology is at 

"The Best 384 Colleges" is one of 150 books by The Princeton Review published by Penguin Random House.

Previous Babson Rankings from The Princeton Review 

Among previous Undergraduate School rankings from The Princeton Revew, Babson is noted among Colleges that Create Futures, Colleges That Pay You Back, Green Colleges, Best Career Placement (No. 6), Top 25 Entrepreneurship: Ugrad (No. 1), and Top 50 – Colleges That Pay You Back (No. 43).

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About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ 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 Michael Chmura,, 781-239-4549 | 8/20/2018 8:00 AM