Joined: Jan 25, 2012
This review is for Babson
Program Full Time MBA
Class of 2014
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.
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.
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)
Curriculum, Classes, Professors
Student body, diversity
Career opportunities provided by school