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«​ The ​Undergraduate Student Handbook​ your guide to the policies you are is expected to maintain as a student at Babson College. You should ...»

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Students who successfully complete the Honors Program will have that designation noted on their diploma.

The Honors Program designation is separate from any graduation honors a student may earn.



Entering new students may receive credits and/or advanced course placement for the successful completion of the Advanced Placement (AP) examination given by the Educational Testing Service of the College Entrance Examination Board, the International Baccalaureate (IB), the French Baccalaureate, or the Swiss Matura.

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Students must submit all AP, IB, French Baccalaureate, and Swiss Matura scores and transfer transcripts to Academic Services by the end of their first semester of enrollment at Babson College.

However, to ensure students enroll in all the correct courses their first semester on campus and do not repeat core classes, we would encourage students to submit all AP, IB, French Baccalaureate, and Swiss Matura courses and transfer transcripts before students’ first semester on campus. Students must complete one half of their total credits required for graduation at Babson or through a Babson-affiliated program regardless of the number of credits accepted from other sources.

AP- ​ Credit and/or advanced placement is awarded for AP exam scores of 4 or 5.

IB- ​Students must have earned a grade of 5 or better in a higher-level IB course to receive credit and/or advanced placement.

French Baccalaureate- ​ Credit will be awarded for a coefficient of 4 or higher with a score of 12 or better.

Swiss Matura- ​ Students must have earned a grade of 4 or better to be considered for credit and/or advanced placement.

Transfer- ​ Office of Academic Services and the faculty review course work taken at another The institution based on the course’s depth and scope, which must compare to the Babson curriculum.

Once the courses are approved, students will receive credit for courses where they earned a grade of C or higher.  Courses graded pass/fail will not transfer to Babson College. To receive transfer credit, students must submit their official transcript from their previous institution. The Office of Academic Services awards number of credits per course based on the credit hours earned in the course at the previous institution. If the institution from which the credit is being transferred operates on a trimester or quarter system, those credit hours will be calculated in semester hours before credit is transferred to Babson.


All students may make adjustments to their schedule during the add/drop period. Please view the Academic Calendar for specific add/drop deadlines. Students adding courses during this period will be reasonably accommodated with regard to any assignments, examinations, or other deliverables assigned prior to their registration in a manner that does not unreasonably disadvantage the students. It is the responsibility of the students to approach the instructor as to this matter.

For 2-credit courses that start in the middle of the semester, students have up to the second class meeting to add or drop the course. Students have the opportunity to withdraw prior to 60 percent of the course being completed.

If students add a course during the add/drop period that requires additional tuition, the additional tuition cost must be paid prior to registering.

The withdrawal deadline is determined by the Registrar’s Office. Please visit the registrar’s website for the ​ specific dates at​ww.babson.edu/offices-services/registrar/academic-​ w calendar​. Students who wish to withdraw from a course must first obtain the approval of a Class Dean. Students will receive a W for withdrawing from a course after the add/drop period. Students who do not withdraw officially from a course will receive a grade in that course. Final grades will be accepted only for students listed on the official class   


The undergraduate program is a full-time program, and part-time student status is not recognized. Students wishing to drop all their courses are regarded as withdrawing from Babson College and must complete a Petition for Separation with their Class Dean. In addition, students are required to vacate College housing.

Under such a status, students are not eligible to participate in any College activities, including athletics, student clubs and organizations, student hatchery space, or student employment. Separation forms are available online from the Babson Hub. Failure by students to complete the separation form may result in a status change to Administrative Withdrawal.


Class attendance policy is at the instructor’s discretion and may be a component of students’ final grades. The Office of Academic Services ​cannot ​ excuses for missed classes.

issue With regard to absence due to religious observance, Babson College welcomes and values people's’ religions and perspectives and respects the interests of all members of our community. Babson recognizes the breadth of religious observance among students, faculty, and staff, and the potential for conflict with scheduled components of the academic experience. Students are expected to review their syllabi and notify faculty members as far in advance as possible of potential conflicts between course requirements and religious observances. Any students who face a conflict between the requirements of a course and the observance of their religious faith should contact the instructor ​ early in the semester as possible​ such an event, as. In consistent with Massachusetts law set forth below, instructors will provide reasonable accommodations that do not unduly disadvantage students.

"Any student in an educational or vocational training institution, other than a religious or denominational educational or vocational training institution, who is unable, because of his religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day; provided, however, that such makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden upon such school. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section."

–Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151c, Section 2b

The Athletics Department has an early-notification system for students involved in scheduled intercollegiate athletic competitions. Students involved in Babson’s intercollegiate athletic program receive the dates of scheduled games/competitions as early as possible in the semester (ideally within the first week or 10 days of the term). Student-athletes must then notify their professors of any conflicts between scheduled major class events (presentations, etc.) and athletic contests. Babson College strongly urges faculty members to exercise a reasonable degree of flexibility and understanding in providing excused absences based upon these conflicts (for those students who have provided the necessary conflict information early in the semester). Through early notification and flexibility, Babson College hopes to provide students with the opportunity to fully participate in the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Babson’s class attendance policy in cases of religious observance or intercollegiate athletic competitions in no way excuses students from meeting the academic demands of the course. Professors may determine what work and time frame would fairly make up for the missed class time and assignments.


If students have a midterm or an examination conflict or feel they are too ill to attend an exam, they must work out the conflict with their professor directly or submit a Petition for Exam Excuse through the Dean’s e-forms located on the Hub under Hub Links. This form must be filled out prior to the examination.

Academic Services will notify faculty in cases in which a student will miss an examination because of a clear and unavoidable absence. This does not excuse students from meeting the academic demands of the course;

it is only verification that students will be absent because of circumstances outside of their control. Students    must work with their professors to make up examinations in a timeline and format determined by the faculty member. Students who fail to take a scheduled examination and have not received an excuse from the Office of Academic Services may attempt to work out the situation with their faculty member. Please note, Class Deans cannot excuse students from presentations, projects, papers, quizzes, or class. This policy pertains strictly to exams.

The following situations warrant a formal exam excuse from the Class Dean:

1. Conflict with Final Examinations ​ Students are considered to have a conflict if two final examinations are scheduled for the same time. If a student has three or more final exams on an exam day and wishes to discuss the possibility of moving one of the exams to another date, they can contact the Registrar’s office to discuss their options. Students should report such a conflict to the Registrar’s Office by completing the final exam conflict form as soon as they notice it and no later than the week before the end of classes. The Final Exam Conflict form is available in the Final Exams section at​ www.babson.edu/registrar​ delay in reporting examination conflicts lessens the.  A likelihood of alternative accommodations. The Registrar’s Office will notify those students who reported examination conflicts of alternate scheduling.

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Class Deans may provide exam excuses for only the aforementioned reasons. Students may not receive formal exam excuses for any of the following reasons: travel, oversleeping, work commitments, forgetting the exam schedule, not reading the examinations instructions clearly, disabled vehicles, etc.


Normal progression through the curriculum is defined as 16–18 credits for students first enrolling in September 2013 and thereafter, and 15–17 credits for students who first enrolled at Babson prior to September 2013. It may be appropriate for students to deviate from a full course load and in certain circumstances, their tuition may be approved for an adjustment to the flat-rate tuition. Students must submit the Tuition Adjustment Request form no fewer than 24 business hours before the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which students wish to vary from a full course load. The forms are approved by Student Financial Services based on the policies outlined below. Tuition Adjustment Request forms are available through the Babson Hub and are reviewed by Student Financial Services.

Reduced Course Load Tuition Adjustment Students may be approved for a tuition adjustment when taking fewer courses than the normal load in the circumstances described below.

1. Where students have documented disabilities that necessitate enrollment in less than a full course load as deemed appropriate by the Director of the Learning Center.


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Course Acceleration (Overload − more than 20 credits) Students may receive permission to take more than 20 credits in order to accelerate or make up for

missed courses. The following are required:

● If students would like to exceed 20 credits, students will need to submit a request to overload through the Babson College Hub, Babson charges flat-rate tuition for credit loads up to and including 20 credits. For students in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, registration for an additional course beyond the normal load will be possible when the add/drop period opens, which takes place after the initial registration period for all students. Students do not need to complete an e-form to move forward on accelerating as long as they do not exceed 20 credits.

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