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Application Dates and Deadlines

November 1

Early Decision I
Early Action

NOV 30

Financial Aid

For students applying Early Decision I or Early Action

Admission Date jan 15

Early Decision II
Regular Decision

Financial Aid Feb 1

Financial Aid

For students applying Early Decision II and Regular Decision

The binding Early Decision plans offered are for students who have decided that Babson is their first choice. If accepted, students agree to enroll at Babson and withdraw all other applications. The notification dates for Early Decision I (ED I) and Early Decision II (ED II) are well in advance of Babson’s Regular Decision notification dates. Students applying Early Decision to Babson are eligible to apply to other colleges’ nonbinding early admission programs. Because of the strength of our ED pools, some qualified students not admitted through the ED plans may be deferred to the Regular Decision (RD) round; however, students denied during the ED processes are not eligible to reapply.

  • Application Deadline: ED I November 1*, ED II January 4
  • Notification: ED I by mid-December, ED II by mid-February
  • Deposit due: ED I January 15, EDII March 15

*Early Decision candidates who have not completed the Common Application Early Decision Agreement are required to complete the  Early Decision Agreement (pdf)

Babson’s nonbinding Early Action (EA) plan is designed for applicants who view Babson as one of their top choices. Students admitted through EA can enjoy the remainder of their senior year exploring Babson more in depth and have until May 1 to make their college choice. EA applicants are eligible to apply to other colleges’ early admission programs. Qualified students not admitted to Babson through the EA plan may be deferred to the Regular Decision round for reconsideration; however, students denied during the EA process are not eligible to reapply.

  • Application Deadline: November 1
  • Notification: By January 1
  • Deposit due: May 1

Regular Decision is the most popular of Babson’s admission plans. Last year, nearly two-thirds of admitted students were admitted through RD. Admitted students learn of their decisions by mid-March and have until May 1 to make their decision.

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Notification: By mid-March
  • Deposit due: May 1

Evaluation Criteria

All applicants are considered in a contextual and holistic way. While the greatest focus is placed on your four-year performance, we also look at your writing ability, standardized test scores, and leadership, creativity, and enthusiasm.

The admission process at Babson is highly competitive. For the Class of 2023, we received more than 6,000 applications. On average, admitted students had high school grades between A- and B+ and earned SAT scores from 1330 - 1490 (this range represents the middle 50 percent of admitted students’ averages).

At Babson, we take pride in our extensive and holistic evaluation of all applications for admission. While the greatest focus is placed on a student's four-year performance at the secondary level, the following factors are carefully considered in our evaluation process:

  • Academic performance
  • Rigor of coursework (accelerated, honors, AP/International Baccalaureate, etc.)
  • Academic motivation, including interest in learning and a willingness to challenge oneself
  • Performance on standardized tests (SAT I or ACT; TOEFL/IELTS for non-native English speakers); Babson has adopted a Test-Optional Policy for first-year applicants for the next three academic years: 2022-23, 2023-24, and 2024-25
  • Writing ability (Essay and Writing Supplement​)
  • Involvement in activities and/or work experience
  • Leadership, creativity, and enthusiasm
  • Interviews with an admission counselor or student admission intern are available but not required; interviews are evaluative and candidates’ written evaluations will be added to their files for use in the selection process.

The academic environment at Babson is a rigorous one, and we look for students who have best prepared themselves for success at the college level. Most admitted students have carried four to five courses per year in the five major academic subject areas: English, mathematics, social science, laboratory science, and foreign language.

Additionally, we highly recommend pursuing mathematics through pre-calculus at a minimum. ​

Students who matriculate to Babson will be required to submit a final high school transcript, GED, or equivalent indicating successful completion of high school in good academic standing.

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