How to Get In: Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.


Each of Babson's M.B.A. programs has its own life cycle. Through our on- and off-campus recruitment events, and through our website and printed materials, we provide candidates with all the necessary deadlines. In addition, each program is managed by a member of the admissions team who guides candidates through the admissions process.

8. Which firms recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

As an institution dedicated to developing leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset, Babson works with companies around the globe that culturally align with our students' relentless bias for action, as well as their ability to create opportunity and drive results. While 10 percent of the students from our full-time M.B.A. programs go to work for long-term, on-campus recruiting partners such as Fidelity, IBM, EMC, Johnson & Johnson, National Grid, CIGNA, Staples, and Sovereign Santander, students are increasingly seeking and securing opportunities with start-up ventures and emerging partners dedicated to innovation and rapid growth. Companies in this category—such as Athenahealth, EnerNOC, Vistaprint and Simon-Kucher & Partners—represent areas of job creation and heavily recruit from Babson to fulfill their talent development needs.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

Applicants sometimes do not make appropriate choices when engaging in the admissions process. Some of those inappropriate choices are, but are not limited to:

• Not thoroughly researching the program and showing why the program is the right fit for them

• Not answering the essay questions or answering them with generic, unspecific information

• Selecting a recommender that does not know them very well

• Not preparing for the interview

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

The archetypal Babson M.B.A. student is an entrepreneurial thinker and innovator. S/he is globally and culturally aware, adaptable, collaborative, and a risk taker.