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Business is Everywhere...Prepare Here

Bentley University is preparing students for career and life success, because business is everywhere. Businesses today are creating sustainable energy, developing life-saving drugs and inventing new technologies each day that change the way we live. A Bentley education prepares students to succeed in any field through a distinctive fusion of business and the arts and sciences. Students look at the world through a broader lens that embraces fusion and innovation, technological mastery and cultural literacy, practical expertise and the ability to effectively communicate with others. Bentley graduates know how the world works, and how it thinks. Because that's what it means to prepare at Bentley--and to leave Bentley prepared for anything.

When you come to Bentley, you will join a group of global and talented individuals who understand and apply information to decision-making, use the latest technology, know how to connect people and ideas, and operate comfortably with ambiguity and risk.

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Overview

Applicants
8,867
Acceptance Rate
44%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Regular — January 7


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
450
with Terminal Degree
276

275
Men
175
Women
58
Minority
14
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other.
  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Corporate Communications.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Services Administration.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Political Science and Government, General.


Students Say

Bentley University boasts one of the country's top business programs that looks to send technically-skilled, globally-minded graduates into the real world (at a 98 percent job placement rate, no less). The curriculum at this just-outside-Boston school is heavily stacked with the liberal arts, and even though most everyone is here to get a business degree, there is "a vast number of perspectives, beliefs and strategies…that it is incredibly helpful in understanding course material as well as staying intellectually involved outside of the classroom." Still, the business classes are the core of a Bentley education, and they allow every student "to understand and be prepared for all aspects of the business world, including finance, marketing, accounting, operations, and statistics." There are "plenty of opportunities to incorporate liberal arts into your education and create a major and minor combination that best suits your interests."

Professors are "excited to teach and even more excited to engage in meaningful conversation with their students and peers." As students reach senior-level courses, teachers are "truly interested in helping to set you up with work and recommending you to some of their connections." A low teacher to student ratio further helps to create more personal relationships between professors and students. "All of my professors know my name," one student tells us. The alumni network is similarly useful and "easy to get involved in." A lot of the information that is taught is "also applied through case studies and working with local businesses," and group projects are common. Around 90 percent of students take advantage of the school's internship opportunities (the majority do so multiple times), and resources are plentiful all around: "There is always someone I can talk to if I feel the need," says one student.


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Karen Keenan '84
Chief Administrative Officer, State Street Corporation

Marcelo Claure '93
President and CEO, Sprint Corporation

Susan O'Connell '90
Partner, Wellington Management Company

Stephen DelVeccio '81
Partner and Chief Data Officer, PwC

Arthur T. Demoulas '77
President and CEO, Demoulas Super Markets (Market Basket)

Carlos Carrazana '85
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Save the Children

Joaquin Bacardi '93
Retired President and CEO, Bacardi Corporation

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
87%
Graduate in 5 years
91%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$62,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$114,300

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$62,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$119,100

Percent High Job Meaning
36%

Percent STEM
7%


Students Say

Through internships, student activities, and countless opportunities to network, Bentley does a lot to serve its “motivated students seeking high quality business education.” On average, the starting salary of a graduate is an impressive $62,900 per year, according to PayScale.com, with 36 percent of them noting that their work has high meaning to them. Given that this is a business-oriented school, most students feel particularly supported by a Career Services Office that “does a great job in placing in internships as well as full-time jobs.” Bentley is an institution that, as one student puts it, “is all about knowing what the business world wants” and “sets out to create the best for its students” as they step into the professional world.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Jan 7
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,621

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,187

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,062

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,889

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,545

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,370
Required Fees
$1,630
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,260

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,370
Transportation for Commuters
$2,080

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,720
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,272
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

8.23%
Asian
3.45%
African-American
7.14%
Hispanic
61.48%
Caucasian
3.62%
Unknown
13.75%
International

41% female
59% male
58% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

Bentley is filled with "highly ambitious" students who find it refreshing to be surrounded by "people who want to be successful and are willing to put in the work to achieve success." The student body is predominantly white ("very preppy, a lot of pastel colors") with a relatively high guy to girl ratio, and "lots of students have money." Everyone in this "very cohesive and cooperative group of students" gets along and is friendly to each other. The college guarantees on-campus housing for all four years and most of the student body takes advantage, "creating a tight knit community" where there is "a big sense of belongingness." "It feels like living in a hotel with all of your friends," says a student.

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Weekdays are generally filled with class and homework, with "relaxation periods towards the end of the day and usually spent eating off campus or in a dorm room." During week nights, "there are a lot of group project meetings as many classes here have an emphasis on teamwork skills" and athletic games also receive a lot of support. A "multitude of extracurriculars" are there for the taking (many even have a business slant, such as the the Bentley Investment Group and Bentley Microfinance Group), and many students are active and "enjoy playing games like soccer or frisbee…on the green spaces." Additionally, there are always events going on "like guest speakers and games like trivia night in the student center." This is a pretty campus, and "daily fitness routines at the gym" are also on the schedule for most. Bentley organizes intramural sports, and going into Boston is a fun jaunt for those who can spare the time, with a free hourly shuttle making it easy to get to Harvard Square.

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Stephanie Brodeur

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

For information on documentation visit: http://www.bentley.edu/campus-life/health-and-wellness/disability-services/documentation

Documentation Required for ADHD

For information on documentation visit: http://www.bentley.edu/campus-life/health-and-wellness/disability-services/documentation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
2

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
3
Number of Religious Organizations
5

16% join a fraternity
19% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

42% participate in intramural sports
12% 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

Sustainability

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.

97/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Hewlett Packard

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lillian Leclerc
Visitor Center Supervisor

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
Green Space
Currito Burrito

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
Schedule varies throughout the year. See http://www.bentley.edu/undergraduate/visitng/information-sessions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact admissions to best plan visit 781-891-2244 or 800-523-2354

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
ugadmission@bentley.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Undergraduate Admission to plan your visit. 781.891.2244 or 800.523.2354

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 Uber, 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. For international freshmen students a bus is available to pick up from the airport.

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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