January Enrollment FAQ

Why January?

Babson deeply values the residential learning experience for new college students.  The dynamic nature of learning at Babson, with options for education abroad, semester-long internships, and accelerated graduation, opens up space in our residence halls that provide us with the opportunity to admit talented students to join our community.  The addition of approximately 100 new students in January with unique, extended experiences after high school, adds to the excitement and energy on our campus.

What do January Admits do during the summer and fall after high school?

A wide range of things. Some students admitted in January work to save money and then travel. Others pursue service opportunities or internships. The following is a short sampling of some activities pursued by recent January Admits:

  • Learned Swift computer programming language to build iOS apps
  • Interned in an Accounting Department
  • Enrolled in two classes as a non-degree-seeking student
  • Interned at the hedge fund
  • Participated in a self-organized foreign exchange with my friend from France

What courses do January Admits take their first semester at Babson?

January Admits will take the normal course load of all first semester students. A normal course load for a first semester student is 16 credits. January Admits will take classes with all first-year classmates, choosing among core courses that include Financial Accounting, Business Law, Rhetoric, Quantitative Methods, and the Liberal Arts Foundation course. For more details on the curriculum, students are encouraged to check out the Babson Undergraduate Curriculum by Course (pdf) document. In addition, January Admits are assigned a class dean who help answer any questions they may have prior to course registration.

Do January Admits take Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME)?

January Admits will take the Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME) course in the Fall and Spring semesters following the January they started at Babson. FME is not offered in the summer session.

Can students starting in January be involved in clubs and organizations their first semester? How do they get into classes?

January Admits have the opportunity and are encouraged to get involved with clubs and organizations in their first semester. At the January Orientation program, students will be given all the information on how to get involved so you can assimilate quickly with the Babson community.

When do January Admits graduate?

Students enrolling in January will complete their education in December following 8 semesters of coursework. Students have the opportunity to accelerate their degree by attending the summer sessions and/or taking an additional course during the semester. Students can develop an individualized plan with their class dean once you arrive a Babson.

How does being a January Admit influence a student’s prospects for employment?

According to Babson’s Undergraduate Center for Career Development, there are advantages (from the job seeker's perspective) to graduating in December. Many employers don't operate on an academic calendar, and seek talented graduates earlier than commencement in May. January Admits have the flexibility to start full-time work in January or wait until another start date throughout the year.

How long are January Admits required to live on campus?

January First Year students are required to live on campus for their first semester. Placements will be with another new arrival or with a student who has been on, or is returning to, campus.

Does indicating a preference for January increase the likelihood of admission?

No. The admissions committee strives for consistency in its assessment standards and a student’s preference is simply another piece of information for use by the admission staff.

Is being a January Admit like being on the waiting list?

No. Being admitted in January is a full admission to the College community. We choose our January Admits because we see in them students who will use wisely the time between high school graduation and their studies at Babson. Students admitted in January tend to be highly energetic leaders in their school communities, or students who have already sought unconventional and creative opportunities in their high school careers. January Admits typically come to Babson ready to “hit the ground running.”

What if I apply under one of the Early Decision plans? Do I have to come in January if I’m a “January Admit?”

For Early Decision applicants who are deferred to the Regular Decision applicant pool, it is possible that they will be offered January admission even if they have not indicated that preference or willingness. In this case, admission is no longer binding and students are not required to attend Babson in the January term.

Do students apply for January admission in a separate applicant pool?

No. January Admits are chosen from the same applicant pool as September students and all students are notified of their admission at the same time. Students may indicate on their application materials their preference for starting in January, but this is ultimately a decision made by the Undergraduate Office of Admission. Some students who indicate an interest in September may be offered a place in our January class. Many applicants now tell us they'd prefer to be “January Admits,” and some even outline their plans for the fall in their applications.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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