From the School

Bentley University is a national leader in business education. Centered on education and research in business and related professions, Bentley blends the breadth and technological strength of a university with the values and student focus of a small college. A Bentley education is an unparalleled fusion of business and the arts and sciences that allows students to truly customize their learning; this includes a unique liberal studies double-major program. Bentley also stresses the benefits of hands-on learning through internships, service-learning, study abroad, and corporate partnerships.

Overview

Applicants
7,493
Acceptance Rate
44%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
540 - 630
SAT Math
600 - 680
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

The Bentley curriculum is an integration of business and the liberal arts. The university's undergraduate students benefit from an incredible breadth of programs and the ability to specialize and combine subjects to best fit their interests. Whether students are interested in creating ad campaigns, managing a health-care organization, or working on Wall Street, Bentley gives them the tools to prepare them for their careers.

A Bentley education focuses on gaining hands-on experience in the classroom. Students benefit from classes where they partner with outside companies to solve current business problems. Whether it's a national footwear company seeking to learn more about its customer base or a nonprofit that needs help developing a business plan, students work in teams to develop a solution that they present directly to company executives. Bentley also invites high achieving students to enroll in the Honors Program. Participants select honors-level courses each semester that offer an extra intellectual challenge in an intimate, seminar atmosphere.

The Five-Year Master's Candidate program enables students to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and either an Emerging Leaders M.B.A. or Master of Science (M.S.) degree.
Bentley University’s business-focused classes are taught by “real-life business men and women that bring their experiences from the real world into the classroom.” The business education here is “well-rounded,” and offers “connections to many alumni throughout the state,” prompting one student to offer their reason for choosing the school: “Since I wanted to pursue a career, Bentley would offer me the best testing grounds to try every kind of major.” The Boston area school’s reputation is a good one, carried far and wide by students who “believe that I’m getting a great education that will be extremely beneficial to me in the future.” This education is led by a team of professors who are “very engaged in their fields and are often around after hours to help you understand concepts. Although they take their research seriously, they do not view themselves as the keepers of the knowledge that you must bow before to earn an education.” Indeed, “most professors want you to do well, so that creates an environment where you feel more inclined to comment and ask questions.” Students find that not only are professors easily accessible, so are their fellow students thanks to “small class sizes” and “discussion-based classes.” One student remarked that professors try “to get all students involved in their discussions. They enjoy team projects, which is a great way to learn the material and meet new people.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
459
with Terminal Degree
291

279
Men
180
Women
52
International
31
Minority

Most frequent class size
30 - 39
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Joaquin Bacardi '89
President and CEO Bacardi Corporation

Mackenzy Bernadeau '08
Guard, Dallas Cowboys

Ann (Carter) Jameson ’78
CEO, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications

Richard Caturano '74
Chairman of the AICPA

J. Paul Condrin '83
President, Liberty Mutual Agency Corporation

Arthur T. Demoulas ’77
President, Market Basket

William C. Freda '74
Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner, Deloitte

Overview

Tuition for resident and nonresident students during the 2012-2013 academic year is $38,130. Room and board (double room, meal plan) costs are $12,960. Additional expenses include books, supplies, laptop computer, and personal and travel expenses.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,589

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,803

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,294

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,208

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
58%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$26,060

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,990
Required Fees
$1,521
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,150
Transportation for Commuters
$2,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Approximately 98 percent of freshmen live on campus. Twenty-three residence halls provide a range of housing options: traditional dorms, suites, and apartments. Housing is provided to students for all four years. All residence halls are air-conditioned and typically include study lounges, exercise facilities, TV lounges, and game rooms. In 2010, the Princeton Review ranked Bentley eighteenth on its list of dorms like palaces. Students live and learn in a multicultural environment that reflects and prepares them to thrive in today's diverse work world. International students representing nearly 100 countries are part of the Bentley community.

The Student Center is the hub of campus activity and is home to Seasons Dining Room and Mongolian Grill, the Mad Falcon, and more than 100 student clubs and organizations. These groups represent academic interests as well as the performing arts, campus media, fraternity and sorority life, and cultural organizations.

Extensive athletic programs are a Bentley hallmark and include intramurals, recreational sports, and more than 20 varsity teams in NCAA Divisions I and II, including the men's and women's basketball teams which regularly compete for the national championship. The Dana Athletic Center houses a weight and fitness complex, full-service food court, locker rooms, a gym, a basketball court, volleyball and racquetball courts, a competition-size pool with a diving tank, and saunas. Outdoor facilities include soccer and baseball fields, a track, lighted tennis courts, and other fields.
Though unrelated, think of Bentley University’s student body as being not too far removed from the car of the same name. The typical student is a “wealthy individual who has a family background in business,” usually “an upper middle class Caucasian from the New England area.” Which isn’t to say that no one else can fit in. Students here “are instantly integrated into the culture and build lasting relationships from the start,” which takes place largely because “everyone is VERY friendly, and that is one of the reasons I chose to attend Bentley.” Indeed, “students here are relatively preppy but everyone seems to get along no matter what their background is,” a group who are “very academically conscious, so they fit together well.” Perhaps that is because there is a common tie that binds: No matter their background, those who attend Bentley are “business-minded, determined and motivated student who works hard and pushes other around them to do better.” As one student sums it up, “Most students are easy-going but driven towards their goals as well. Despite the diversity, students get along with each other very well.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,247
Out of State
53%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
90

Demographics

9.38%
Asian
3.44%
African-American
8.01%
Hispanic
71.95%
Caucasian
5.04%
Unknown
18.62%
International

40% female
60% male
53% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Bentley's location in Waltham, Massachusetts-just minutes west of Boston-puts the city's many resources within easy reach. As the country's ultimate college town, Boston's options range from theater to art exhibits, dance clubs to live music venues, and championship sports to world-class shopping. Bentley's free shuttle makes regular trips to Harvard Square in Cambridge, just a subway ride from the heart of Boston.

The more than 4,250 undergraduates who attend Bentley live and learn in an environment that reflects and prepares them for a multicultural world. Students come from across the United States and nearly 100 countries. The topic of diversity is not only addressed in courses but is also a vibrant facet of campus life. Offices such as the Center for International Students and Scholars, Center for Women in Business, Multicultural Center, Spiritual Life Center, and Women's Center support the university's commitment to cultural awareness.
Students at Bentley are serious about education, but they are also a group who “work hard during the week and play hard on the weekends.” Most agree that “life here at Bentley is good.” Team sports and trips into Boston fill weekend time for many. “Ultimate Frisbee seems to be like a strange cult on campus, which is pretty cool actually. People take the sport very seriously.” However, the Division I school does not offer club teams for sports in which it has a varsity team, so in those cases students must make their own fun. Trips into Boston include all that you would expect from the city—a thriving night life, historic pubs, museums, professional sports, and more. Students “enjoy the free shuttle to Harvard Square, [so] they can access Boston very easily.” Waltham itself “doesn’t have much,” though you can find “great restaurants” in town. There are also a wealth of clubs and the Greek system to keep students involved. Failing all that, “at night most of the parties are in dorms, as most students live on campus,” though they are “relatively tame” when compared to party-notorious schools. All in all, “Life at Bentley can be hard or very easy, depending on how you set yourself up. You could cruise by taking easy classes, relaxing and enjoying college years, or pursue as many opportunities as you would like— and there are a lot.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
99

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
105
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

11% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

44% participate in intramural sports
13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Falcons)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Falcons)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Boston University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
32

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Diane Thompson
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Undergraduate Admission
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452

Phone
781-891-2244

Email
ugavisits@bentley.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Dana Athletic Center
Bentley Library
Currito Burrito
Einstein's Coffee Shop

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Faneuil Hall
Fenway Park
Moody Street
Newbury Street

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri, select Sat mornings in the Fall
8:30am to 4:30pm
781-891-2244

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact admissions for faculty; contact coach directly for these visits

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
ugadmission@bentley.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bentley provides shuttle service from Harvard Square seven days a week. Logan International Airport in Boston is 12 miles from our campus, with transportation available by taxi, MBTA trains and buses as well as rental car. Amtrak offers frequent passenger service to South Station in Boston from all points along the Northeast Corridor. Public transportation is available from South Station to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Visit our website at: http://www.bentley.edu/about/directions for more information on getting to campus via various modes of transportation.

Local Accommodations
http://www.bentley.edu/about/area-lodging
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Key Stats

7,493
Applicants
4,247
Size
44%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists