Naveen on Babson MBA Admission Strategies, Entry Criteria and Surprises

F1GMAT: Although the entry criteria for Babson MBA are not as stringent as other top schools, what kind of candidates are Babson MBA looking for?

Naveen: 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). It is also not selective to the extent of top 10 schools and average GMAT scores are almost 80-100 points below top schools. 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).

As I mentioned earlier, the class is highly international. Most of my classmates are well travelled, either through their interests or careers. Theres also a strong emphasis on people who demonstrate actionable success rather than just academic strengths.

F1GMAT: You scored a 740 on your GMAT, which is awesome for any B-School. What role does GMAT score play for admissions to Babson MBA programs?

Naveen: Thank you.

The average GMAT for my class is 624. The range (mid 80% of student GMAT scores) is 550 - 700 (Source: Businessweek Babson stats). GMAT is one of the many components of the MBA admissions process. The application will be considered in its entirety (GMAT, undergrad, career experiences). A better GMAT does help with scholarships at Babson.
F1GMAT: Is there any financial assistance or scholarships offered by Babson MBA program?

Naveen: Yes. Babson offers merit scholarships.
F1GMAT: Can you give some tips for other aspiring Babson MBAs on how to write Application Essays?


1. Try to convey what you really think, not what the adcom wants to hear

Just because Babson is #1 in entrepreneurship, don't try to present average stories that you think will position you well in the eyes of the adcom. Focus on your best stories that will make you stand out.

2. Make your essays powerful
When I applied, there were three mandatory essays in the application. You need to bring out different facets of your life, career and achievements in these essays. Use all three essays to convey a compelling story instead of writing three disjointed essays. Show, don't tell. Babson is one of those schools that values actions more than talk. Show through your essays how you have acted on an idea rather than just think about it. Clearly outline the steps that you took to implement these ideas.

3. Why Babson?
What are the specific aspects of Babson that appeal to you and that you feel a part of? Don't give a laundry list of qualities and touch points. Focus on 2-3 points and make sure you show the adcoms that you have done your due diligence on the school.

F1GMAT: What were some of your preparation strategies for the Interview? When you consider GMAT Score, Experience, GPA, Essays and Interviews, which one of them will make or break your chance of getting into Babson MBA program?

Naveen: I prepared for the Babson interview using accepted.com interview questions for Babson. 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.

Related Download: F1GMAT's MBA Admission Interview Guide

F1GMAT: What is the one thing about Babson MBA program that took you by surprise in a positive way?

Naveen: The structure of the Babson Mods makes them a grueling experience. While most schools work 4 days weeks even in the first semester, Babson worked 5 days every week with 2-3 classes per day and BCAP (consulting project) from Mod 2. The second semester has 4 days of classes and one full BCAP (consulting project) day. 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. We cover 32 credits during the first year.

I struggled to cope with the pace and intensity of the program in the first semester. 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.

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. The inter-linked courses by far have stood out because they have taught me to approach a particular business problem from all angles and consider a business from ground up.

Looking back, it has been a true test by fire, but I think that I will look back and feel proud that I made it through.
F1GMAT: It was a pleasure to have you with us. Wishing you all the success in your future endeavors, Naveen!

Naveen: Thank you for having me on F1GMAT and for giving me the chance to speak about my Babson experience.

2020 MBA Research Guide - Choose your MBA

"I attended three MBA Tours in US and Canada. I could just scratch the surface compared to what the guide has included. Thank you guys for the amazing book"

F1GMAT's Comprehensive MBA Research Guide will teach you how to select MBA programs through a bottom-up approach. 

Articulating your Post-MBA Goals and Career Path is the FIRST step. Which program will give you that hike in Salary, Switch in Career, Change in Location or Job Satisfaction?

We cover them all through our extensive analysis. 

Pages: 506

+ How to Choose the Best MBA Program: Factors to Consider
Define Post-MBA Goals
Pick your Path: Generalize or Specialize
Use Moral Algebra Method 
Use Multi-Attribute Utility Theory
Understand the Top 5 Risks
Measure MBA Career Service Team's Effectiveness
Use Bookending to Calculate MBA Admission Chance
Use Net Present Value to Calculate MBA Return on Investment
Don't Fall for the Mere Exposure Effect
Best Practices to find the truth in MBA Information Session or MBA Tour

Comprehensive MBA Research Guide:
Top MBA Programs by 19 Specializations:
+ General Management
+ Finance
+ Consulting
+ Marketing
+ Strategy
+ Operations Management
+ Supply Chain Management
+ Luxury Management
+ Information Systems
+ Hospitality Management
+ Accounting
+ Energy
+ Non-Profit
+ Wine
+ Sports
+ Sustainability
+ Leadership Development
+ Military &
+ International

+ Top MBA Program Ranking
Top 20 MBA Programs - Tuition Fee  
Top 31 MBA Programs in United States – Total Cost & Salary

Top 60 MBA – GMAT and GPA (Average & Median)
Top 20 European MBA Programs - Tuition Fee, Total Cost & Salary    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Based on Actual Salary Increase)    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Short-term return on investment)    
Top 20 Affordable European MBA Programs    
Top 10 MBA in UK – Salary & Fee   
Top MBA Destinations Based on Happiness Index    
Top MBA Destinations based on Innovation Index    
Top 10 MBA Job Markets based on Cost of living and Purchasing Power    
Top MBA Destination: By Economy    

+Comparisons - Top MBA Programs
Wharton vs. Columbia MBA
MIT vs. Stanford MBA  
Haas vs. Ross MBA    

Kellogg vs Ross MBA    
Booth vs Wharton MBA    
MIT Sloan vs Tuck MBA    

IIMA vs. ISB   

Harvard vs. Stanford MBA

+ MBA in France (2018)
Top Industries in France   
Top MBA Programs in France  

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in France
External Funding 

+ MBA in the UK (2018)
Top Industries in the UK   
Top MBA Programs in the UK

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in the UK
External Funding 

New Visa Rules: Post-Brexit

+ Germany: Industry Trends, Post MBA Jobs and Salaries (2020) (NEW!)
  • Manufacturing  
  • IoT and IIOT   
  • Technology   
  • FinTech   
  • Management Consulting   
  • Post-MBA industries (German Top Schools)   

Download F1GMAT's MBA Research Guide (2020)

Navigate F1GMAT

F1GMAT Services (MBA Applicants) 

F1GMAT's Books

MBA Salary(Latest Salary Data)
MBA Admission Interview Tips



MBA Application Essays

MBA Recommendation Letter

GMAT Tutorials

GMAT Question Bank

Top MBA Programs

Get F1GMAT's Newsletters (Best in the Industry)
Included in the Newsletter:

  • Ranking Analysis
  • Post-MBA Salary Trends
  • Post-MBA Job Function & Industry Analysis
  • Post-MBA City Review
  • MBA Application Essay Tips
  • School Specific Essay Tips
  • GMAT Preparation Tips
  • MBA Admission Interview Tips
  • School Specific Interview Tips
  • Funding Guidance and
  • Special Consultation Service (only for Subscribers)

Subscribe to F1GMAT's Newsletter