In contrast to the above, Babson received a C in two areas: recruiter assessment of a candidate’s analytical skills and MBA career services.There are some key reasons for this, in my opinion.
But when I looked back during our winter break and now when I take up more advanced courses (cost accounting, portfolio valuation etc.), I see that I managed to absorb enough from the previous Mods to say that I learnt something.
Babson’s MBA program may not be rubbing shoulders with Harvard/Stanford/Wharton in the general rankings. For perspective, of the top tier schools in this ranking (30 in total), 12 received Bs and Cs from their students, including 7 of the Top 10 MBA programs.
The Babson MBA is a one of the smallest programs in the US with an annual graduation number of roughly around 150 – 165 candidates (including One Year MBA).
Both these factors (size of program and type of student) contribute to companies in traditional MBA recruitment areas not making a large effort to recruit at Babson or to recruit in large numbers.
Key reasons (from my personal experience at Babson) are that students are more street-smart as compared to book-smart and largely come from business family or self-owned business backgrounds where business skills are emphasized more than academic skills.
Having said that, many of my classmates and peers have come in from the industry (PE, investment banking, consulting, IT, healthcare, motor racing, advertising, marketing, retail, accounting, sales, wealth management and many more professions).Focus on your best stories that will make you stand out.When I applied, there were three mandatory essays in the application.So, its again a 5-day week, though you can manage to spread your work a bit more and also by this time, you get used to the pace of the program. Many times, I was down and close to giving up, given the pressure of accounting, finance and other courses that were new to me.I used to wonder how I would ever manage to learn anything and stay afloat.A graduate is given help through career services (which is being actively ramped up as we speak), but is largely dependent on the (comparatively small) Babson network and a smaller pool of companies to land a position in the industry. In my discussion with students around campus, the following key reasons emerged as contributing factors to the entrepreneurial culture at Babson.Given Babson has one of the largest international classrooms in the US (41% international in the Class of 2012), and given the well-documented challenges for US work visas, a majority of international students (who choose to go into the industry) have struggled with placements due to this aspect as well. * Background of students that Babson MBA attracts A majority of incoming MBA students come from family or self-owned business backgrounds from various countries.Related Download: F1GMAT's MBA Admission Interview Guide.The second semester has 4 days of classes and one full BCAP (consulting project) day.In terms of an application, I feel that all the factors that you list are very important, but I couldn't tell you the variation.In terms of an interview, I think it is very important to be genuine and have a conversation, instead of merely a question and answer session.