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Rank: 151

Babson College

Babson specializes in curating businesses and future entrepreneurs. Although the school offers only one undergraduate degree -- a B.S. in business -- half of the students' course loads are in the liberal arts and sciences. Upperclassmen can choose up to two "concentrations," akin to a major, in subjects as diverse as literary and visual arts, history and political studies, or environmental sustainability. Students get hands-on experience from the beginning, launching a startup business as part of a freshmen team (all profits go to a charity of the team's choosing) and, in later years, through continuing interaction with local companies and via internships. The result of all that real-world learning: Babson alums report earnings nearly double the national average within a few years of graduation, and the school reports a much higher than average graduation rate. The list of ventures started by alums is impressive, including brands like Gerber, Home Depot, and Zumba Fitness. The suburban Boston campus draws an international crowd. About 80% of undergraduates live on campus in one of 18 residence halls. Sports are an extremely popular pastime; Babson has 22 Division III teams, as well as more than 25 club and intramural teams. Monthly parties at Knight Auditorium and the annual spring concert, with headliners such as Kesha and Big Sean, also help students blow off steam.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,500
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,900
Average price for low-income students
$26,820
admissions
Acceptance rate
24%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,342
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
98%
% of students who get merit* grants
6%
Average merit grant
$18,631
student success
Graduation rate
92%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 3 years
$69,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
68%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 3

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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