In the 2019 College Salary Report, Babson also is ranked No. 4 in Massachusetts among all undergraduate programs, behind only Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
In the overall ranking, Babson is listed No. 13 for all alumni, including those who went on to receive advanced degrees, and No. 26 for those who conclude their studies with a bachelor’s degree.
“We are proud of our Babson education that fosters lifelong learning, development of an entrepreneurial mindset, and the growth of leadership skills that have lasting value for our graduates,” said Babson College Undergraduate School Dean Ian Lapp. “While we celebrate PayScale’s recognition of Babson as one of the best undergraduate schools for salary potential, we also revel in the fact that our alumni go on to create impact and innovation far greater than personal and financial gain.”
Year after year, there is an increase in Babson alumni’s early-career pay. According to PayScale, the median salary for Babson alumni with 0-5 years of experience is now between $71,400 and $72,000.
To put that into perspective, the second-best business school for salary potential reports a median early-career salary between $66,600 and $67,600. This number drops to a range of $60,000 to $61,000 for the third, fourth, and fifth spots.
Babson alumni also are well above the pack when it comes to mid-career pay. With 10 or more years of experience, Babson alumni, on average, earn between $133,800 and $149,400.
How Babson Students Get There
From day one, Babson students are immersed in a world-renowned, entrepreneurial program that focuses on action, experimentation, and creativity.
Consider Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME), for example.
For more than 20 years, FME has trained students on the art of conceiving, launching, and managing a new venture. Throughout their first year, Babson students are exposed to entrepreneurship, marketing, business management, and organizational behavior. The course follows a “learn by doing” approach, where students get a hands-on experience developing new ventures that create economic and social value.
This experience also introduces them to Babson’s dedicated faculty who are not only hands on in the classroom, but also serve as valued mentors for years to come.
The Hoffman Family Undergraduate Center for Career Development (CCD) is another instrumental resource on campus, at the forefront of preparing Babson students for the post-college push.
“Babson has had major success in developing career-ready graduates,” says Donna Sosnowski, director of CCD. “Some of the biggest successes we’ve seen among our graduates have come from a pivot, a spark of inspiration, or a connection made by participating in one of our events or opportunities,” she adds.
And, 89 percent of them completed an internship while at Babson, even though it’s not an academic requirement.
“Pursuing a business degree is not only versatile and applicable to nearly every industry, but, more importantly, it’s a wise investment that promises healthy returns after graduation, especially if you attend one of the best colleges for business listed in PayScale’s College Salary Report,” says PayScale.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader of Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.