How to Apply to Babson

How to Apply to Babson

Babson shapes entrepreneurs of all kinds to make a difference in the world. Whether you’re an international student, a transfer student, or a homeschool student, the Babson application process is simple and straightforward. We're with you every step of the way.

Learn more about how to apply to Babson, standardized testing requirements, and admission criteria. And, join the #1 school for entrepreneurship today. Babson has adopted a Test-Optional Policy.

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For all first-year and transfer applicants, your first step will be to fill out and submit an application. Both first-year and transfer applicants can do so through the Common Application.




Early Decision I
Early Action

For students applying Early Decision I or Early Action



Financial Aid

For students applying Early Decision I or Early Action



Early Decision II
Regular Decision

For students applying Early Decision II or Regular Decision



Financial Aid

For students applying Early Decision II or 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 2
  • 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 gives applicants more time both to complete their application, as well as strengthen their application with senior-year extracurricular achievements or improved academic performance. Admitted students learn of their decisions by mid-March and have until May 1 to make their decision.

  • Application Deadline: January 2
  • Notification: By mid-March
  • Deposit due: May 1

Application Process and Requirements

Babson’s evaluation criteria ensures that 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 2027, we received close to 8,000 applications. On average, admitted students had high school grades between A- and B+ and earned SAT scores from 1430-1510 (this range represents the middle 50% 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
  • Writing ability (two writing supplement questions​)
  • 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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Reapplying to Babson

Applicants who are not admitted as first-year students are encouraged to apply as a transfer applicant. Eligible transfer applicants need to have completed at least one semester of study before the transfer application deadline.

All students applying for transfer admission are required to submit the following materials:

  • Completed transfer application
  • Official transcripts (both a college transcript and a final high school transcript)
  • The College Official's Report
  • Letter of recommendation from a college professor
  • New essays
  • Mid-semester grade report
  • Application fee

Please check with us to see if we still have your official test scores on file; if we do, you do not need to resubmit them. Babson College holds records for two years. If you applied more than two years ago, you must resubmit all required application materials.

Applicants who were not offered admission or chose not to enroll at Babson and have not enrolled at another postsecondary institution may also reapply for admission. Students should send a letter or e-mail indicating their intent to reapply and verifying that we still have your previous application materials.  Students should also submit new essays and a new letter of recommendation.

Information for Counselors

The Office of Undergraduate Admission recognizes the importance of partnering with our high school colleagues.

Babson has two application deadlines: 

November 1: Early Decision I and Early Action
January 2: Early Decision II and Regular Decision 

Babson College accepts the Common Application.

Documents sent via Parchment or Scoir will be accepted for students using either application. While we prefer to receive documents electronically, hard copies may be submitted by:

Fax: 781-239-4006

Babson College
Lunder Admission Center
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457

At Babson College, we’re committed to making it affordable for students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them during their undergraduate experience and beyond. We offer need-based aid and merit-based aid and maintain a need-blind admission process for all U.S. and Canadian applicants. For international students applying for the need-based Global Scholarship, the admission and scholarship decisions are made together.​​

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