Babson College was founded in 1919 by Roger Babson, whose belief that experience is the best teacher led him to base the school's first curriculum around a combination of classwork and business training. He hired actual entrepreneurs and businessmen to teach rather than traditional professors, and classes were focused on cultivating practical skills rather than lectures. In 1992, Babson’s Graduate School of Business announced a new curriculum that did away with traditional business courses. Instead, graduate students would follow the timeline in the life of a business and learn functional skills when needed to solve a problem. Many of Babson’s historical educational initiatives are still in place today.
Babson's beautifully landscaped campus is compact, so students can get from one end to the other in just a quick jaunt. Located at the heart of campus, the Reynolds Campus Center is the hub of student activity, with a coffee shop, campus store, meeting rooms, and spaces for student-run businesses. The Trim Dining Hall is just a step away, so students are always close to a meal. Classrooms all boast high-tech amenities and wireless internet can be accessed anywhere on campus. Babson even has an on-campus pub where students can blow off steam after class.
Wellesley, MA is a quaint and extremely affluent town right outside of Boston. This pristine slice of suburbia offers a few eateries and daytime attractions, but the city has an early bedtime and shuts down at dusk. This could explain why students tend to stay on campus during weeknights, then head to Boston for the weekend. Students can hop on the shuttle to Boston and hobnob with college kids from surrounding schools, or take advantage of the museums, shopping on Newbury Street, Fenway Park, and loads of other activities around town.
The Mr. and Ms. Babson Competition is a school-wide contest in which students compete for money on a platform of looks, talent, and intellect.
After spring break, seniors hold SODAS (Seniors Out Drinking Again), throwing a themed party every night in a different suite.
Each year, teams of five compete in an all-night scavenger hunt to acquire obscure items on a list that can sometimes require lengthy travel. The winning team is awarded $1000.
Arthur Blank (1963) co-founded Home Depot and also owns the Atlanta Falcons.
Roger Enrico (1965) is the chairman of DreamWorks Animation and was formerly the CEO of PepsiCo.
Daniel Gerber (1920) founded Gerber Baby Foods.
Stephen Gaghan (attended) wrote and directed the films Syriana and Traffic.
Stephen Spinelli, Jr. (1992) founded Jiffy Lube and is currently the president of Philadelphia University.
Babson’s 22 varsity men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. The school lacks a football team, but students still rally around the other sports teams and cheer on their friends who play. Many choose to participate in club and intramural sports if the varsity teams are too big of a time commitment. Recently students have formed “Beaver Nation,” which has raised school spirit and student awareness of the sports teams. The most popular events are in basketball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.
Babson College Radio was the first web-based college radio station in the country.
The Babson Globe is a 25-ton campus landmark outside Coleman Hall. It is the second largest globe ever built.
98% of Babson undergrads are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation.
The school mascot is the Beaver.
The dorms at Babson aren’t just housing; they're also venues for social life.
Bryant Hall houses 45 students from all class years. It has single and double rooms with private kitchens and bathrooms.
Coleman Hall has a reputation for being sporty and spirited and is located near the athletic fields. It has single, double, and triple rooms and hosts the campus' huge historic globe.
Canfield Hall has all single rooms with community bathrooms and houses three fraternities and one sorority.
Forest Hall is an all-freshman hall with single, double, triple, and quad rooms.
Keith Hall has single rooms and is home to two sororities and one fraternity.
Map Hill is the newest housing option at Babson and holds 124 students. The rooms are four-person suites and all residents are juniors or seniors.
McCullough Hall offers six-person suites for juniors and seniors.
Park Manor Central houses a mix of class years in double and triple rooms. The basement of Central holds the radio station and Roger’s Pub.
Park Manor North is a substance-free housing option for freshmen. Rooms are available in single, double, triple, and quad, and there are volleyball and basketball courts right outside.
Park Manor South houses mostly upperclassmen and is located directly across from Reynolds Campus Center and the library.
Pietz Hall has six-person suites for juniors and seniors with a common living space and a kitchen.
Publishers is a small hall of 47 freshmen with singles, doubles, and triple rooms.
Putney Hall has singles and doubles and has substance free housing on the first floor for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Van Winkle Hall is open to all class years and has single and double rooms.