The Academic Seal of Babson College
|Babson Institute (1919–1969)|
|Established||September 3, 1919|
|Endowment||$329.8 million (2014)|
|Provost||Alfred Nanni, Jr.|
|Location||Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States
350 acres (1.4 km2)
|Colors||Green and White
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|Athletics||NCAA Division III|
|Sports||22 varsity sports|
|Mascot||Babson College Beaver|
Babson College is a private business school in Wellesley, Massachusetts, established in 1919. Its central focus on entrepreneurship education has made it the top entrepreneurship college in the United States.
Babson offers bachelor's degrees in business administration, and students have the opportunity to declare concentrations in more than twenty-five areas of study. The College also offers master's degrees in business administration, accounting, entrepreneurial leadership, and management. Often referred to as the "Entrepreneur's College," Babson is known for immersing its students in the entrepreneurial lifestyle and culture. Babson currently offers nearly fifty-five entrepreneurship-related undergraduate courses. These courses are taught in tandem with traditional liberal arts courses, which are over sixty percent of the typical student's schedule. Every course at Babson is taught by professors who have all started, sold, bought, or run successful businesses. Babson currently has an undergraduate acceptance rate of 26%.
Babson College has consistently appeared on the U.S. News & World Report rankings as the number one college in entrepreneurship education for nearly three decades. In 2014, CNN's Money Magazine named Babson the number one college in the country, and in 2015, the magazine ranked it second. Babson's MBA program has also been ranked number one in entrepreneurship for over twenty years by U.S. News & World Report. Babson's alumni include five living billionaires.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student Life
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Alumni
- 7 Notes and References
- 8 External links
The Babson Institute
On September 3, 1919, with an enrollment of twenty-seven students, the Babson Institute held its first classes in the former home of Roger and Grace Babson on Abbott Road in Wellesley Hills. Roger Babson, the founder of the school, set out to distinguish the Babson Institute from colleges offering mainly instruction in business. The Institute provided intensive training in the fundamentals of production, finance, and distribution in just one academic year, rather than four. The curriculum was divided into four subject areas: practical economics, financial management, business psychology, and personal efficiency (which covered topics such as ethics, personal hygiene, and interpersonal relationships). The program's pace assumed that students would learn arts and sciences content elsewhere.
Mr. Babson favored a combination of class work and actual business training. Seasoned businessmen made up the majority of the faculty. To better prepare students for the realities of the business world, the Institute's curriculum focused more on practical experience and less on lectures. Students worked on group projects and class presentations, observed manufacturing processes during field trips to area factories and businesses, met with managers and executives, and viewed industrial films on Saturday mornings.
The Institute also maintained a business environment as part of the students' everyday life. The students, required to wear professional attire, kept regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday) and were monitored by punching in and out on a time clock. They were also assigned an office desk equipped with a telephone, typewriter, adding machine, and Dictaphone. Personal secretaries typed the students' assignments and correspondence in an effort to accurately reflect the business world. Roger Babson aimed to "prepare his students to enter their chosen careers as executives, not anonymous members of the work force."
In 1969, the Babson Institute’s three-year bachelor of science in business administration, still for young men only, became a four-year bachelor of science degree, the Institute became a College, and women were admitted for the first time.
Three College Collaboration
"Expand educational opportunities for students Develop interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and problem solving Facilitate faculty research and teaching projects across campuses Share best practices and collaborating in administrative functions The vision behind the Three College Collaboration is to provide our students with the creative and collaborative skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking needed to function successfully today and into the future. The global challenges of our time, which will define the world our graduates enter, are complex and inherently interdisciplinary, and require teamwork. Because of the distinctive strengths of each of the institutions involved and the leadership commitment from the three presidents, we are well poised to address these issues from varying perspectives and to engage students in cross-disciplinary and collaborative ways. The new collaboration moves beyond the activities of most consortia by taking advantage of the schools’ complementary curricula to create innovative approaches to student learning and problem solving and to provide all students with the tools to work across disciplines".
Wellesley Main Campus
The main residential campus of Babson College is 350 acres (1.4 km2) and located in the "Babson Park" section of Wellesley, Massachusetts, just fourteen miles west of Boston. It is adjacent to the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to take advantage of campus amenities including the student center, the cafeteria, Horn Library, multiple centers and institutes, the fitness center, the arts center, and more. Executive and Enterprise Education visitors have the opportunity to stay in guest rooms adjacent to the meeting center.
The Babson Globe
The 25-ton, 28-foot-diameter (8.5 m) Babson Globe is a notable campus landmark. Built in 1955 by Roger Babson at a cost of $200,000, it originally rotated both on its axis and its base, demonstrating both day and night and the progression of the seasons. It was allowed to deteriorate; the facing tiles fell off in 1984, and by 1988 it had the appearance of a rusty sphere. The Babson administration announced that it would be destroyed, but outraged students, faculty and alumni began a drive to raise money for its restoration. In 1994 the globe itself was refurbished, though it no longer rotates. It was for many years the largest rotating globe in the world and remains one of the largest ever built. (For the largest, see Eartha.)
The Babson Boston classroom and event space, located at 253 Summer Street, gives Babson a presence in downtown Boston and connects the resources of the College with the innovative companies, organizations, and leaders in Boston's Innovation District. Opened in 2011, this facility provides the opportunity to offer MBA courses in a location convenient to where entrepreneurial students live and work. Over the course of the academic year, there are opportunities at the Boston location for students to engage with Babson offices and resources, including graduate programs, the Graduate Center for Career Development, Graduate Admissions, and the College's alumni network.
Babson San Francisco
Babson San Francisco expands Entrepreneurial Thought and Action to the West Coast through Babson's Blended Learning MBA program, an undergraduate semester experience, and custom executive education, while connecting Babson students, faculty, and alumni to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Bay Area.
Babson offers all undergraduates a bachelor of science degree in business administration while the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College offers MBA degrees. Students are also given the option to declare concentrations their senior year from a broad range of subjects in various business and other fields. Programs are accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the College itself has been regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1950.
|Business School Ranking|
|U.S. undergraduate business|
|U.S. News & World Report||65|
In rankings, Babson was rated first among all colleges and universities in the nation by Money Magazine in 2014. In 2015, the magazine ranked it second just behind Stanford University. Babson’s MBA program has been ranked number one in entrepreneurship for twenty-one consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, and is ranked 58th overall in the Bloomberg Businessweek 2014 rankings. Babson's undergraduate business program is ranked 34th overall in the Bloomberg Businessweek 2014 rankings. Babson's undergraduate Entrepreneurship program has been ranked number one for the past 17 years by U.S. News & World Report. In their 2013–2014 salary report, Payscale.com ranked Babson College at number five of all US colleges and universities, ahead of schools such as Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia and Yale. This ranking represents an average mid-career salary of $123,000 and average starting salary of $59,700. In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Babson eleventh among US schools based on return on investment. Babson is the highest ranking private business college. The others are either major universities or engineering schools. CNN money ranked Babson fifth in their 2013 "Colleges with the highest-paid grads" rankings, higher than MIT, Stanford and any Ivy League school.
Babson College also offers master's degrees. It has a one-year MBA program, a two-year MBA program, a 42-month, evening MBA program, and a blended learning MBA program with campuses located in Boston and San Francisco. It also offers a Master's of Science in Management in Entrepreneurial Leadership program, as well as a Master's of Science in Accounting program, and a Certificate of Advanced Management program.
|Percentage of Women||47|
|Percentage of Multicultural Students||31|
|Percentage of International Students||25|
|Number of Countries Represented||43+|
|Number of States Represented||37|
|Number of Languages Spoken||29+|
In 2013, there were a total of 2,844 students attending Babson, 2,015 of whom were undergraduates. Student publications include a literary magazine and there are several fraternities and sororities on campus: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. Babson College Radio was started in 2001. Babson offers a variety of special interest housing, such as the I-Tower, the Healthy-Living Tower, the Liberal Arts Tower, Origins of Necessary Equality, GIVE Tower, the Sophomore Steering Tower, and the Green Tower.
Babson's mascot is the "Beavers" and its colors are green and white. Babson has twenty-two varsity sports teams, the majority of which compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) of the NCAA Division III. In addition, the men's and women's alpine ski teams compete in the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA), the men's ice hockey team competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the men's lacrosse team competes in the Pilgrim League. Babson College's golf team competes in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and won the title in 2011 giving them an automatic bid to the NCAAs. They were led by senior captain Joe Young who won NECC golfer of the year in 2011.
Business & Athletics
- Scott Sharp: American race car driver, Indy Racing League champion 
- Jacob Sprague: Member of United States national rugby union team
- Alexandra Raisman: Olympic Gold Medalist – Gymnastic London 2012
- Ernesto Bertarelli: CEO of Serono, America's Cup Yacht Race Winner 
- Arthur M. Blank: Co-Founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons 
- Jill Cartwright: Founder of Go GaGa
- Matt Coffin: Founder and former President of LowerMyBills.com, sold for $380 million to Experian in 2005.
- Kevin Colleran: One of first 10 employees at Facebook, Venture Partner at General Catalyst
- Robert Davis: Founder of Lycos, CEO/Managing General Partner at Highland Capital Partners 
- Bernhard Scholl: Head of US Chemicals Practice, Egon Zehnder
- Edsel Ford II: Director of Ford Motor Company
- Tom Georgens: CEO of NetApp 
- William D. Green: CEO of Accenture
- Kathy Greer: Founder and Chairman of KGA, Inc.
- Frederic C. Hamilton: Chairman/CEO of Hamilton Brothers Petroleum Corporation 
- David G. Mugar: CEO of Mugar Enterprises, Boston Philanthropist 
- Akio Toyoda: President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation
- Polina Raygorodskaya: Founder of Wanderu (company)
- Deborah DiSanzo: CEO of Philips Healthcare Informatics
- Phil Castellini: COO of the Cincinnati Reds
- Geoff Molson: Co-Owner of the Montreal Canadiens
- Christine Mosholder: The Furniture Trust
- Jim Poss: Founder of BigBelly
- Matt Chatham: Former NFL Player
Food & Entertainment
- Michael Angelakis, CFO of Comcast
- Terrell Braly: CEO of Cinebarre, founder of Quiznos
- Stephen Gaghan: Academy-Award Winning Screenwriter
- Bernard Lee: World ranked poker player, columnist for ESPN.com
- Gustavo Cisneros: President/CEO of Organizacion Diego Cisneros 
- Roger Enrico: former Chairman/CEO of PepsiCo, currently Chairman of DreamWorks Animation SKG 
- Daniel Gerber: Founder of Gerber Baby Foods
- Sara Gragnolati: Founder of CocoMama Foods
- Gherardo Guarducci: Restaurateur, Sant Ambroeus
- Dean Metropoulus: Former owner of Pabst Brewing Company, Executive Chairman and CEO of C. Dean Metropoulos and Company, Savior of Hostess Brands and Chef Boyardee
- Mir Ibrahim Rahman: CEO of GEO TV
- Marc Bell: Former CEO of Penthouse
- Anthony Carrino: TV Personality, Kitchen Cousins/Cousins on Call
- Michael Lorber: TV Personality
- Jamie Kent: Musician, Jamie Kent
- Daniel Hernman: Co-founder of PaintNite
- Danielle Zighelboim: Co-founder of Coconut Cartel
- John LeFevre: Author of Straight to Hell, @GSElevator 
Government, Education, and Other
- Ajay Bam: Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
- Ernest Dichmann Peek: U.S. Army Major General
- Nora Sun: Granddaughter of Sun Yat-sen and former American diplomat
- Craig Benson: Chairman & CEO of Cabletron, former Governor of New Hampshire 
- W. Haydon Burns: Former Governor of Florida 1965–67
- Rudy Crew: Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools 
- Andronico Luksic: Chairman, Banco de Chile
- Marie: Cavallier: Princess Marie of Denmark
Fashion & Fitness
- Diane Sullivan: CEO of Brown Shoe Company
- Michael Bastian: American fashion designer
- Alberto Perlman: Founder and CEO of Zumba Fitness
- Jason Jacobs: Founder of RunKeeper
- Jessica Arredondo Murphy: Co-founder of True Fit
- Romney Evans: Co-founder of True Fit
- Matt Lauzon: Gemvara, Dunwello
- Ruthie Davis: Founder & Designer of Ruthie Davis
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- The Babson World Globe Description from Babson's website calls it "capable" of rotating but this refers to the globe as built, not to its current state.
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- NEASC CIHE: Babson College
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- Cincinnati Reds
- Geoff Molson
- Montreal Canadiens
- Matt Chatham
- National Football League
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- Princess Marie of Denmark
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