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MBA Program Review
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     By mba4viplav 159 74
This review is for: Babson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Every class in the program is centered around Entrepreneurship. All the professors have entrepreneurial backgrounds. After your core curriculum is complete, you will be dealing with professors who are CEOs and ex-CEO's of major firms.

If you choose entrepreneurship as your area of concentration, you will get a lot of support from the Blank Center of Entrepreneurship. Blank Center provides you mentoring from founders of major companies with whom you will be interacting on a daily basis to fine tune your idea and make it market ready.

If you don't choose to concentrate on Entrepreneurship, you can always major in Finance, Analytics, Consulting, Global Strategy and Management, Family Business, etc.

The school provides best facilities and professors for you to excel. If you want a 9-5 job, please don't apply to this school. You would be spoiling the experience of entrepreneurial guys by demotivating them with your fancy pay packages :) Entrepreneurship needs a lot of motivation and struggle.

About professors, classes and curriculum

Professors are the best. They come with a lot of real world experience. They themselves are/were the CEOs of major companies. They are friendly and available.

Classes are structured pretty well.

You can have a tailored curriculum based on what you want to concentrate.

About job placement process

If you want a 9-5 job, please don't apply to this school. You would be spoiling the experience of entrepreneurial guys by demotivating them with your fancy pay packages :) Entrepreneurship needs a lot of motivation and struggle.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Facilities

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Admissions Team


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MBA Program Review
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     By anishashastri 26 0
This review is for: Babson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

This school really caters to a niche segment of students. You really learn to live and breathe entrepreneurial principles at Babson. Whether it is a finance subject or a strategy one, every class finds a way to incorporate an entrepreneur's perspective into it. The student population that it attracts is largely international (majorly Indian and Latin). Most students tend to come from Family business backgrounds and either want to go back and help scale their businesses or start something of their own. In fact, a lot of my classmates are starting things of their own.

The atmosphere in the school is extremely collaborative and supportive. I remember people helping each other write cover letters for the same positions! You won't find too many Type A candidates here.

In terms of resources to help you launch businesses, there are plenty. You just have to know what and where to tap into.

What I was most impressed with ( this is something you don't find in most other B-schools) is how personally invested Professors are in their student's lives. I could literally walk up to any of my Professors (and these are people who consult for Fortune 100s) for advice about my business etc. and they always made time for me.

I will say I was not too happy about Career opportunities. That may also be because Boston has SO MANY good schools, its difficult to find opportunities fast. Also, I come from a country where campus placements are just handed to you on a silver plate, so the "American way" of networking and finding an opportunity for yourself was very alien to me! The Career Center will absolutely go out of their way to help you, I had a lot of help with practicing case studies, reviewing cover letters and all of that to assist me in my search but ultimately you still have to search for opportunities yourself!

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my experience so far and have learned a lot. Look forward to the second year!

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Culture & Student Support

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Entrepreneurship

Best fit at this program:

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Location

Brand/Ranking


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1 Commented by egmat on July 13, 2017
Anish - Thanks for sharing your experience. I completely agree with your assessment of Babson. In USA, you do look for a job yourself, though I am sure other schools have a much better Center for Career development. As a Babson alumnus, I would say that if you do lots of internships, and network with the start ups in the Boston area, there is a good chance that you will have multiple job offers by the time your graduate. On the other hand, you will be in for a shock of you expect the job to be handed to you on a platter. Overall, the school imparts an amazing education!!
2 Commented by aopotter on July 19, 2017
Thank you Anish for your review. I'm eager to apply to Babson but I'm so concerned that I might not find a good job in product management or marketing field with its MBA. A lot of people told me the school brand is not popular in the startup cities so investors won't be eager to invest with you. What do you think?
MBA Program Review
Babson 1 Year MBA Alumni
May 27 | 2017
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     By cheredia 1 5
This review is for: Babson
Program:

1-Year MBA

Class of:

2015

Experience during the program

Overall I was very satisfied with the program, but that was because I went there fully expecting to come back to my home country and become an entrepreneur. I did work for a year (while my opt visa allowed) to gain some experience but securing a job interview was not easy (I was looking for opportunities outside of Boston).

I must say though, even most of my international friends that looked for job opportunities in the Boston area struggled. As an international student unless you've got a really strong curriculum it is going to be tough if your objective is to get a job (Babson is not the strongest name in the Boston area as there is a lot of competition and convincing companies to invest in you is hard because of visa issues).

Even though it's not their "specialty", I also saw the finance track to be quite strong in Babson.

About job placement process

Look for Babson alumnis to help you out, it's tour strongest bet.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (4.0)

Strengths of the program:

Student body, diversity

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking


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MBA Program Review
Niche Business School
May 26 | 2017
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     By sivan7693 19 5
This review is for: Babson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2018

Experience during the program

Babson is a niche boutique business school for entrepreneurship. The two year MBA program is a great course which focuses on Entrepreneural thought and action, social economic responsibilities etc. It's a great school for students with partners. There are lot of activities for students and partners. A very close knit community where everyone helps out each other and professors are easily accessible. The student clubs are very active and useful for everyone. The babson alumni are extremely renowned and very helpful in job search and even funding Entrepreneural ventures. I've really enjoyed the learning and overall experience at Babson so far. Babson is a great school for people from family business backgrounds and those who are inclined to entrepreneurship or start a new venture.

Overall BSchool experience
     (5.0)
Schools contribution
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Classmates rating
     (5.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Alumni Network

Location

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support

Facilities

Admissions Team

Specialization in a particular area (e.g. Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, etc)

Entrepreneurship

Best fit at this program:

Entrepreneurship

Management

Can be improved:

Career opportunities provided by school


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MBA Program Review
A wonderful experience
May 26 | 2017
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     By bww2004 18 0
This review is for: Babson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2014

Experience during the program

Doing a full-time MBA was always a personal aspiration of mine, and Babson really delivered on that experience. I had also been accepted to Boston University and Boston College and ultimately decided on Babson because of the class size, financial aid and reputation (all three are ranked fairly similarly by most publications).

The academic rigor at Babson is there, at least for the core courses (finance, accounting, operations). I didn't take many entrepreneurship classes so I can't comment on those, but I heard many good things.

Babson prides itself on diversity, and the % of international students in the full-time program, at least for my class, was extraordinary. You will no doubt meet students and friends from every corner of the world bringing their unique experiences and personalities to share.

From a networking perspective, I found this to be the most lacking. It seems that the alumni network is mostly concentrated in the New England area within the US, and then in various pockets internationally (see above paragraph re: international students - many go home!). I had no trouble landing the job I wanted without much help from the alumni network but this could use some work.

About professors, classes and curriculum

If Michael May is still teaching the management consulting class, take it.

Also, no question that Babson's bread and butter is entrepreneurship. If if you're not on the e-ship track, I would highly encourage students to be involved as much as possible, attending events and workshops, participating in competitions, etc. just to get that world-class exposure.

About job placement process

Many Boston-area companies recruit here: EMC, Liberty Mutual, Reebok/Adidas, CVS, Fidelity, etc.

Overall BSchool experience
     (4.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (3.0)

Strengths of the program:

Curriculum, Classes, Professors

Student body, diversity

Brand/Ranking

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Tech

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Alumni Network

Career opportunities provided by school

Location


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     By MBAaspirant21 32 1
This review is for: Babson
Program:

Full Time MBA

Class of:

2017

Experience during the program

Doing an MBA would be one of the most important investments of your life. You may want to give equal importance while choosing a B-School.
The criteria you should be looking at -
1. Location
2. Alumni + Faculty Network
2. Resources (CCD, Library, Access to Databases, Access to information,....)
3. Classmates
4. Ranking should be the last thing you should be looking at

Talking about how Babson fairs on these things -
1. Though not inside the Boston City itself Babson is located in the one of the most reputed neighborhood (Wellesley) in the USA. The Campus is 30 mins always from the city and Babson students make use of the collaboration opportunities with MIT and Harvard and you get access (after paying some fees of course) to most of the important networking events in Boston area.

2. Though Babson is known for the Entrepreneurship, you can find its alumni, in almost all the reputed companies, in prominent roles. Babson has one of the best alumni network and the faculty's network out there. As in many B-schools now, Babson students have free access to several prominent databases. The best part is all the resources are well cataloged and students are prompted through various channels to use them. CCD is not one of best but it is a good resource if used strategically. At Grad School, you shouldn't expect to be spoon fed.

3. This is one of the biggest factors that determines your overall MBA experience. Hence, it is important to find out whether you fit in the MBA crowd of the school you want to go. As Babson is known for Entrepreneurship, it attracts many individuals with family business background who are well funded and they MAY have lesser experience working in the corporate world. So if you are funding your MBA by savings and bank loan, you may have to put in extra efforts to find a diverse set of individuals to hang out and enjoy your learning experience.

4. There are several online resources for this

Overall BSchool experience
     (3.0)
Schools contribution
     (4.0)
Classmates rating
     (2.0)

Strengths of the program:

Alumni Network

Location

Facilities

Best fit at this program:

Finance

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Can be improved:

Student body, diversity

Career opportunities provided by school

Brand/Ranking

Culture & Student Support


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