Typically, the list of best places to get a college degree is long on the usual Ivy League suspects.
"We wanted to look at your return on investment, so we looked at three things—educational quality, affordability and career outcomes," said Money senior writer Donna Rosato.
"The strength of Babson is it's very focused," she said. "The freshman class starts a business and they all work together, so it's hands-on experience."
Money's editors found that Babson alumni earn an average annual salary of $59,700 within five years of graduation, an outcome critical to the school's top ranking.