Babson College is a medium sized college that has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,342 students. Approximately about 30% of the students are international students, representing 78 countries from all over the world. Babson is dedicated to business, especially entrepreneurship. FME (Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship) course is one of the things that makes Babson different from other universities. FME course is a required course for first-year students to take and students will be able to actually run their own business in this course. The college invests up to $3,000 to businesses that students come up with. If the business became successful, all of the profits will be donated to local service organizations and even if the business ends in a failure, there is no need for students to return the money to the college. These opportunities make students develop an entrepreneur thought and action, make them understand more deeply on how business works, and also make them get ready for real-life business and entrepreneurship. Another thing that makes Babson different is that they do not make students decide on their majors. This means that students can take any courses that they want for four years until they find their area of interest. 99% of the undergraduate students who attended Babson were employed or attended graduate school within six months of graduation. 89% of the students had at least one internship while attending Babson and over half of the students experienced study abroad programs.
Babson college was a great college with a beautiful campus, friendly people, and a great academic curriculum. I was personally attracted to the part where students can take both business majors and liberal arts majors because I am interested in business but also want to learn other majors too. I also liked that Babson has partnerships with Wellesley College and Olin College of Engineering because it widens up the opportunities that the students can have in both academic and social perspectives.
– R.K. (H1 girl)
Boston College is known as the first institution of higher education to operate in the city of Boston. It offers a variety of majors and minors in various fields, including the Carroll School Management, Connell School of Nursing, Lynch School of Education, and so on. I was very proud to be able to go to such a famous and attractive college. Although we didn’t have time to go around the campus, we were able to ask some questions to the people studying in the college about the college life, and from a person working for the admissions. We were also able to meet a graduate student of Hiroo Gakuen. He gave us a mini tour, showing us the gymnasium, classrooms, etc.
Listening at the Q&A from the students in the Boston College, I found out that they were having a very fulfilling life. 80% of the students in the college completed at least one internship, 50% of the students had studied abroad during their 4 years, 49% of the students engage in service or volunteer work every week, 96% of the students are employed six months after graduation. These numbers show the motivation in every student, the support that the school provides, and how successful the students have been.
From the person working in the admissions, we got to know the admission details, which consists of financial aid, scholarships, and the detailed dates of the application deadlines. First of all, for the financial aid, Boston College offers both merit based and need based (only merit based for international students). However, the merit based financial aid is very competitive since many students from all over the world apply for it. The school only offers it for 10 to 15 students. Undergraduate students receive BC grants and scholarships totalling $154 million. Lastly, for the application deadlines, Boston College has an early decision and a regular decision. The first early decision is from November 1 to December 15, and the second early decision is from January 1 to February 15. The regular decision is from January 1 to April 1.
The graduate student of Hiroo Gakuen gave us some advices of what we should do in our high school life. He explained that we should not be that nervous, and not be too stressed. I felt a lot more relieved hearing this since I used to think to get into such a good university, you needed to get good scores in tests, do a lot of extracurricular activities and so on. He was also kind enough to talk to us about what he did when he was in high school, and his GPA and SAT scores.
– S.G. (H1 boy)
Wellesley college, a private women’s college founded in 1870, is known for being the nation’s top women’s college, producing many famous scholars, including Hillary Clinton.
I myself have never been interested in an all-women’s college, because I had this misconception that the school buildings, teaching methods, dress code, and faculties were old-fashioned and restricted. However, I was wrong. Starting from the atmosphere of the school, the students looked very lively and fulfilled and I learnt that the professors and students were closely connected. Also the school has partnerships with Babson University and cross-registration with MIT.
We couldn’t go to every one of the buildings but I personally favored the library because there were so many books about identity, women and gender aligned neatly on the table at the front. I was very excited to see these books and I sensed that this school values ideas of feminism and women’s rights, which I am very interested in and plan to pursue in the future.
Moreover, from the further explanation we got, I found out that students are fully engaged in classes, and their voices and opinions are valued.
In the past, colleges were only limited to male scholars and people thought that women had no need to experience further education and so many opportunities were restricted. Although, many progress has been made thanks to the authors and activists throughout centuries, predominance of men still exists in many different forms. Wellesley trains women in leadership and pushes women scholars to have an interest in STEM subjects and computer science as well as making students aware of gender issues and the imbalance of society. Consequently, from visiting Wellesley College, I believe it was a pretty well-fit school for me because I think I can find a community; people who have similar interests as me, where we could exchange our perspectives on these issues.
It was where I had the chance to imagine myself actually going to the college, the place where I hope to grow as a person, reflect on who I am and think about who I want to be.
– N.H. (M3 girl)
After lunch, we went to Wellesley College, which is a women’s school. It is known as the college which Hillary R. Clinton graduated from.
Their mission is to provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Many of my friends thought that it’s nice to push the student to be the leaders of the next generation, and some boys said it was such a nice school that they would want to enter the school if they were girl.
We were able to go around and see a lot of facilities, and we also could hear about the campus, school life, housing, food and curriculum from a tour guide. After the tour, we listened to an information session. They have over 2,300 undergraduate students, over 50 majors and about 1,000 programs. As I mentioned before, Hillary Clinton graduated from this school. She was a United States Senator, and two out of the three women Secretaries of State (the second highest position of power in the US Government) graduated from this school, which means they train women into responsible leaders.
Before I heard the information session or went on the tour I wasn’t really interested in this college, but after that I understood that they make students who have leadership and will be the leader of the world, so I thought it is great school for us.
– I.H. (M3 girl)