I'm in the same boat I think i'll be attending Bentley because the overall environment is much more open and diverse, while Babson is pretty much like the white affluent suburban town I live in right now. From what I've heard, many Babson students are unhappy attending school there because it's all work and no social life. Some current students have made a site dedicated to their hatred of Babson: http://oclruinedmycampuslife.com/
Still, if you're focused on entrepreneurship, I'd suggest going to Babson. Otherwise, go to Bentley and explore your options.
I'll be at both open houses in April to make a final decision. Good luck with whatever you decide!
Here are the links, where you can find the finance faculty profiles. Just look through it. I just can’t understand why Bentley professors have MUCH BETTER CREDENTIALS. I’m seriously considering both schools so can someone explain the reason why Bentley professors are better?
DOLO, I can't evalate finance professors' credentials. However, Bentley has a masters in various finance and finance related program. This results in more course offerings and more sophisticated offerings in finance. It also allows you a joint BS/MS. Babson does NOT have a Masters in Finance. It only has an MBA program
Bentley's primary focus in Accounting, Babson's is Entrepreneurship. That being said, both schools are full of affluent kids, white or not. If you're going to be an accountant, go to Bentley, a lot of accounting firms (the big four) recruit from Bentley and host events. Babson is all about leadership programs, that's why the Navy sent their Admirals there for some courses.
Just for the record, Blackheart, the armed forces send people to various colleges based on a lot of factors such as PRICE, availability to soldier's post etc. You can't just say that they use Babson; therefore, Babson must be pretty good or better than somewhere else. You can make the same argument and say Babson is therefore better than Wharton or Harvard.
While that may be true, I'm using it in the specific circumstance of Bentley vs. Babson to demonstrate the difference of instituational courses and structure. Babson highlights leadership and entrepreneurship, etc. while Bentley does finance and accounting.
Bentley: number of students (class of 2010)- 888 (!!!)
number of recruiting Opportunities 698 (!!!)
number of companies N/A
Babson: number of students (class of 2010)- 443 (!!!)
number of recruiting Opportunities- 897 (!!!)
number of companies 537
Most jobs are finance related!
My friend recently asked Marty Nemko, about these schools (and not only these) and he also recommended Babson, saying that it has great reputation in finance.
I think that both are great schools and I'm strongly considering both of them. It will be nice if current students of both schools participate in this thread.
Also many say that liberal art is better at Bentley than at Babson. And I agree with this statement. But I have one question: isn’t it possible for Babson students to cross register and take classes which interest them at Wellesley College? Wellesley is well know Liberal Arts College, better than Bentley in this field (Liberal Arts).
Cross Registration is possible at many schools; however, I have found that it isn't as easily accomplish as many school lead us to believe. There are geographic obstacles, registration hassles and obstacles and schedule availablily conflicts.
I was giving some more thought to the differences between these two schools.
Bentley is a bigger school than Babson. This means there are probably more choices of courses at Bentley.
Secondly, Bentley has been trying to carve out specific niches for themselves. For example, they are one of a very few schools to offer a masters in financial planning.
Thirdly, Bentley is very good at offering a number of combined programs such as BS/MS in most business related areas or BS/MBA or MS/MBA,which results in a lot less time for these designations and, therefore, a lot less in tuition money.
Again, I am NOT saying that Bentely is better or worse than that of Babson. It just has some unique advantages. If these advantages appeal to you as a student then Bentley is the better school. If,however, you don't feel that the programs,which Bentley has or emphasizes is that beneficial to you then maybe Babson would be a better choice.
Also, don't forget that Babson is about $7,000 more in total yearly costs when you factor in tuition, fees, room and board. To me this is a big deal.
Finally, check out the forums on Students Review. For some reason, Babson kids are not that happy at Babson. I don't see the same amount of negativity form Bentley kids.
Bottom Line: Both schools need to be checked out as to offerings, curriculum, combined programs such as BS/MS opportunities, recruiting, facilities, campus culture etc. They are a lot more alike than they are dissimilar in many ways.
Spewing numbers and statistics isn't going to help you get anywhere. Going to college is about more than the courses; it's about the lifestyle and culture and how you're going to grow in four years.
You must keep in mind Bentley and Babson are business schools, both of the core curriculum is BUSINESS. There are liberal arts courses, but the primary focus at any business school is business. Don't bother banking on taking courses with another college during your school year as a deciding factor, there's a lot of redtape everywhere (Bentley students can theoretically take some courses at Brandeis but I haven't heard of this happening much).
Babson isn't know for finance, Bentley is. I recently went to the biannual career fair Bentley has and if you're an accounting or finance major at Bentley you're in the land of milk and honey.
If you're honestly considering Bentley remember that the school will support up to 90% of your financial need in loans and grants (a lot in grants if you're poor enough). If you're not getting financial aid then I really don't see why money is even a factor for you, considering the tuition of both schools.
My solid advice is to ask current students about the campus culture and social life. If you're not going to enjoy yourself at the college you're going to things won't end up pretty.