Expanding Babson’s Global Impact
Babson’s first international students graduated in the 1930s, just more than 10 years after the founding of this small institution in the suburbs of Massachusetts, USA. What followed were decades of increasing global impact, and ultimately the physical expansion of the College into entrepreneurial hubs around the world.
The current Babson student population is one of the most diverse—domestically and internationally—in College history.
Twenty-eight percent of undergraduates and 36 percent of graduate students are international. An additional 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively, hold dual passports.
“Just as students from around the world arrive at Babson every fall, we continue to bring Babson to the world.”
– Babson College President Kerry Healey
On April 21, Babson celebrated the grand opening of its new West Coast campus, located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood.
This new facility, equipped with the latest classroom technologies, first housed Babson’s Fast Track MBA program. Eighty-five students joined the California program in its first year.
This same year, on June 3, Babson announced it had signed a lease in Boston’s Innovation District and would begin hosting MBA courses in the city as soon as September.
In fall, Babson launched the first Undergraduate Semester in San Francisco, giving students the opportunity to live and learn in Silicon Valley.
“The San Francisco semester away program is an exciting new initiative that provides a natural extension of the learning that happens on the Babson Wellesley campus, right in the center of the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.”
– Lynn Santopietro, Director of Babson San Francisco
On December 14, Babson announced plans to expand its presence in Boston with the signing of a new lease agreement in the heart of Boston’s Financial District.
Located at 100 High Street, the new space doubled the size of Babson’s local footprint, and made room for innovative co-working space for the 16,000 alumni who live and work in the area.
Boston and San Francisco
Boston proudly leads the nation in higher education, health care, and life science innovation. While Silicon Valley has earned its reputation as the hub of startup activity, Boston’s entrepreneurship ecosystem is steadily growing and thriving.Why Boston's Growing
Like San Francisco
Some cities have a long history of entrepreneurship. Others have grown into thriving entrepreneurial cities more recently. What makes cities like San Francisco such fertile grounds for entrepreneurship?Entering San Francisco
Early in 2016, Babson launched its groundbreaking accelerator program for women entrepreneurs in Miami through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Now known as WIN Lab Miami, this first-of-its-kind program is designed to help women entrepreneurs launch successful businesses. The first cohort raised more than $1.5 million in funding in one year.
On July 21, building off the momentum and success of its WIN Lab Miami program, Babson announced a new location for graduate and executive education programs in Miami.
In the area, Babson is also well known for its Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, which opened a sector at Miami Dade College in 2014.
On May 29, Babson College President Kerry Healey joined alumni in Dubai, U.A.E. to share the exciting news—Babson will expand internationally and take its renowned entrepreneurship education to working professionals in the region.
Executive Education programs have already begun locally, and the Babson MBA – Dubai is set for launch in the fall.
“At Babson, we believe that the success of entrepreneurs is critical to economic growth and sustainability around the world. By expanding to Dubai, we will support the U.A.E.’s long-term economic development goals.”
– Babson College President Kerry Healey
Miami and Dubai
Startup City: Miami
A new entrepreneurial hub city has emerged far from the sphere of Silicon Valley or the bustling Northeast. A coastal city where the startup scene is just as hot as the temperature.Emerging Miami
Vision 2021: U.A.E.
What does it take to advance an already prosperous nation? For H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, the way forward is one that tackles the region’s challenges head on.Why Dubai
Babson takes great pride in its global network of 41,000 alumni and friends in 119 countries. Fostering and expanding this community is central to its mission of educating entrepreneurs of all kinds and to its vision of making Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® accessible to everyone on the planet.