Earlier this fall, Babson earned the distinction of being named the No. 1 undergraduate school for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for the 20th consecutive time. As we approach our Centennial in 2019, this recognition is both a capstone and a commencement, offering an opportunity to celebrate all we have achieved while looking forward to a second century of continued leadership, innovation, and success.
Babson founded the academic discipline of entrepreneurship. We invented the methodology of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action. We redefined entrepreneurship to embrace entrepreneurs of all kinds who create social and economic value in any context. We were the first to truly understand that entrepreneurship is the most powerful force for creating positive change in the world. Now, building on nearly 100 years of leadership in entrepreneurship education, we are striving to bring Entrepreneurial Thought & Action to everyone on the planet.
Our Centennial strategy is the pathway to Babson’s second century. It is focused on preparing entrepreneurs of all kinds to lead in a new way, creating social and economic value simultaneously, and, in doing so, transforming lives, businesses, and communities for the better. By offering a transformative experience, fostering intentional diversity, and preparing graduates to apply Entrepreneurial Thought & Action in all settings—from corporations to startups to NGOs—our graduates will be ready to lead and make a difference in our rapidly changing world.
Our strategy also calls for deepening our expertise and impact in three areas: strengthening family enterprises, advancing women-led entrepreneurship, and driving social impact. Each of these priorities is a historic strength for the College and offers an opportunity for Babson to make an outsized contribution to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
The future is limitless. At 40,000 and growing, our global network is poised to tackle big challenges—climate change, youth unemployment, global poverty—with entrepreneurial energy and characteristic Babson spirit, creating jobs, strengthening communities, and generating great social and economic value that goes beyond personal gain and extends to families, employers, and society as a whole.
It is because of our exceptional Babson community that we find ourselves in a position of strength, a recognized leader prepared to redefine the value of higher education and transform the world around us. This is an exciting time for Babson as we build on our successes and continue into our second century as an unmatched innovator, an unparalleled creator and convener of knowledge, and a pioneer in entrepreneurship education.