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Dean of the Undergraduate School

Dean Ian Lapp

Few places are as unique as the Undergraduate School at Babson College. Where else can 18-year-olds become CEOs, roommates become co-founders, and students work side by side with world-renowned social innovators? A century in the making, there is no more exciting time to be at Babson.

Prior to arriving at Babson, I spent 15 years as an academic leader and faculty member at Harvard University and Columbia University. My experience in higher education has reaffirmed for me that Babson is indeed in a category unto itself. Forbes once described Babson as a “tiny entrepreneurial powerhouse,” and it is the energy of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners that has impressed me since day one.

Babson’s learning experience is transformative. The combination of an elite business education with the intellectual and cultural environment found in top liberal arts colleges and Ivy League institutions creates the Babson learning ecosystem. Students pursue and discover their passions side by side with peers and professors in the classroom, fellow students in clubs and organizations, teammates on our athletic fields, and alumni mentors in the working world. Add in the know-no-boundaries drive, curiosity, and instinct to disrupt that is inherent in our culture, and Babson truly stands apart.

This mix makes for a personal and powerful learning experience in the classroom, across campus, and in the wider world. I see this in our faculty, who treat the classroom as an incubator for new ways of thinking and as an accelerator for student potential. Grounded in the belief that an entrepreneurial mindset is a learnable skill, our professors ensure that students’ academic experience is forward-thinking and relevant to being a changemaker in the world. Students benefit from a balance of courses in the liberal arts, business, innovation, and leadership. Across campus, Beaver pride has never been stronger. Our community rallies together to cheer on championship runs and celebrate our student athletes, resulting in a wonderful mix of school spirit, academic, and athletic excellence at Babson.

Our main campus in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is the heart of the Babson undergraduate adventure, and students also tap into our hub space in downtown Boston. The innovation, finance, creative, and health care districts in Boston help fast-track our students’ ideas for new ventures, land summer and school-year internships, and launch careers. In fact, 99 percent of graduates were employed or attended graduate school within six months of graduation in 2018. Students excel beyond Boston, too, with over half of the Class of 2018 participating in education abroad or pursuing other global engagements. Babson students apply their unique entrepreneurial skills and broaden their world view in destinations as far-flung–or close to home–as San Francisco, Malaysia, and Spain.

It is with great enthusiasm and a sense of adventure that I begin my fourth academic year at Babson. I hope you will consider following our journey on Instagram. For the many whom I have met already, I look forward to our continued conversations and collaboration. For those of you whom I have not met yet, I welcome the opportunity. I am certain that you will share my enthusiasm for Babson!