From the School

At Bentley University, we believe your education should prepare you for whatever the world sends your way. That's why our one-of-a-kind curriculum starts with a core business foundation, infused with the kind of critical thinking and cultural understanding that comes from the study of the arts and sciences. As a result, Bentley students are highly sought after by today's leading organizations because of their professionalism, exposure to state-of-the-art research tools, and diverse, real-world experience.

Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley offers a wide variety of majors and minors, as well as optional liberal studies and business studies majors designed to create a modern intersection of the arts and sciences and business that’s unique in higher education. Bentley students are highly sought after by today's leading organizations because of their professionalism, exposure to state-of-the-art research tools, and diverse, real-world experience. Our career services office was recently ranked No. 4 in the country by the Princeton Review. The Miller Center for Career Services offers resources including an on-campus recruiting program involving 1,000 national and international companies; an online job and internship database; career fairs; workshops on topics such as interviewing and networking; and a newly developed Career Development Seminar (CDI 1901) for first-year students.

In addition, students can develop a customized four-year development plan, which contributes to the university's outstanding placement rates. In 2014, more than 95 percent of students found employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Their median annual salary was $52,000.


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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


Early Decision
November 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

The Bentley curriculum is a unique fusion of business and the liberal arts. The university's 4,200 undergraduates benefit from a breadth of programs and the ability to combine subjects to best fit their interests. A Bentley education also focuses on gaining hands-on experience in the classroom. Students benefit from classes where they partner with outside companies to solve current business problems and present their solutions directly to company executives. Bentley also offers top applicants a chance to enroll in the Honors Program. Participants select honors-level courses each semester that offer extra intellectual challenge in a seminar atmosphere.

The 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.

Students Say

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

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The sticker price for tuition, fees, and room and board at Bentley University comes to about $56,460 per year. But you don’t have to be an historical Bentleyian to be able to afford to go here. The average need-based financial aid package is $32,722, with 73 percent of undergraduates receiving at least some form of financial aid, and an average of 94 percent of demonstrated need met.

Bang For Your Buck

Most students feel that Bentley gives “great financial aid.” “Although it is very true that most students are either rich and foreign, rich and smart, or smart and foreign, in recent years there has been an uprising in the ‘smart and poor’ category.” “Someone once told me, ‘If you want to be rich, then Bentley is the place for you.’ Thus I am here. Also, I got a full scholarship.” Many students report receiving a partial, if not full, scholarship. With tuition at about $40,990, and the average aid package working out to $32,722, this is backed up by the numbers.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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)

Direct Lender


From The School

Approximately 98 percent of freshmen live on campus. Twenty-three residence halls provide a range of housing options: dorms, suites, and apartments. Housing is provided for all four years; all residence halls are air-conditioned and typically include study lounges, exercise facilities, TV lounges, and game rooms.

Students live and learn in a multicultural environment that prepares them to thrive in today's diverse world. International students representing nearly 100 countries make up a large percentage of the student body and bring valuable perspectives to the Bentley community.

Supporting Bentley's commitment to diversity are offices such as the Multicultural Center, Spiritual Life Center, Center for International Students and Scholars, Equity Center, Center for Women in Business, and the Women's Center.

The Student Center is the hub of campus activity and is home to Seasons Dining Room and more than 100 student organizations. These groups represent academics, the arts, media, fraternity and sorority life, and cultural interests.

Athletic programs are a Bentley hallmark and include intramurals, recreational sports, and more than 20 varsity teams in NCAA Divisions I and II. The Dana Athletic Center houses a weight and fitness complex, 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, and tennis courts.

Students Say

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
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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


From The School

Bentley's location in Waltham, Massachusetts-just minutes west of Boston—puts the city within easy reach. As the country's ultimate university town, Boston's options range from theater to art exhibits, dance clubs to concerts, and championship sports to world-class shopping. Bentley's free shuttle makes regular trips to Harvard Square in Cambridge, just a subway ride from Boston. Boston also offers many opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation.

Students Say

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
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

11% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

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

Men's Sports (Falcons)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Falcons)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


With two dedicated full-time sustainability staff members and five student interns in the Office of Sustainability, Bentley University is equipping it students to tackle environmental challenges as future business leaders. Every year since 2012, Bentley has reinvested a small percentage of savings from energy efficiency projects into offsite wind power via the purchase of Green-E certified renewable energy certificates. The wind power purchase is helping Bentley achieve its 2015 GHG reduction goal of 50 percent (against a 2008 baseline). Operational efficiency is also a key strategy for GHG reductions. Each summer, one residence hall is renovated with an emphasis on increasing water and energy efficiency through the installation of low-flow bathroom appliances, high efficiency boilers, LED lighting, and energy management system upgrades. Nearly all of the outdoor lighting on campus has been replaced with LED fixtures. A successful single-stream recycling program combined with a new composting program has led to an increase in waste-diversion from 17 to 35 percent. Student Eco-Reps host sustainable events for their respective residence halls and created a Green Certification Program to audit academic departments, administrative offices, and student organizations based on sustainability criteria. A group faculty and staff Eco-Reps serve as sustainability champions within their offices. The Manager of Sustainability also collaborates with the student-run Bentley Green Society. Bentley recently introduced a sustainability science major to accompany the existing major in earth, environment, and global sustainability. The university views career development as an integral component of its sustainability plan and has a career advisor dedicated to programming and outreach for sustainability-related jobs.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Diane Thompson
Visit Coordinator

Office of Undergraduate Admission
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies throughout the year

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact admissions for faculty; contact coach directly for these visits

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available


Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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: for more information on getting to campus via various modes of transportation.

Local Accommodations
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