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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
9,252
Acceptance Rate
43%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 730
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

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
463
with Terminal Degree
333

285
Men
178
Women
49
Minority
46
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

Majors

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

  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Statistics.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Corporate Communications.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • 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.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.

  • 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.

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

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.


Students Say

Though Bentley University leads with its reputation as a business school, don’t underestimate the breadth of its curriculum, which draws a comprehensive liberal arts element into its advanced business curriculum. The 4,200 undergraduates who attend this Massachusetts school gain “excellent technical knowledge and skills and [can choose from a] variety of business disciplines.” The strong business curriculum (finance and accounting “are Bentley’s bread and butter”) is “dominated by relevant coursework,” and it shows in the placement rates: more than 97 percent of students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Some classes run in conjunction with each other, “enhancing what students learn and take away from those courses,” and many feature supplemental presentations outside of class in which students gain insights from working professionals. There’s an academic program for everyone interested in business, with “niches for any unique students” and “plenty of opportunities for students to get involved.”

Classrooms and teaching techniques take advantage of advanced technology, and in recent years, Bentley has “focused on growing students’ soft skills by incorporating multiple group projects.” Professors work hard to teach their subjects well and ensure students understand the topics, and many instructors “[have] industry experience and in-depth education prior to arriving at Bentley.” The “above and beyond” Career Services office “does a great job of prepping students for life ahead,” and classes are “relevant and feature real learning.” To wit: “Even the General Education subjects are designed to be applicable in the corporate world.”

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

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

Rob Geoffroy '94
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AMB Sports & Entertainment (Atlanta Falcons; Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Atlanta United FC)

Tiffany R. Warren '97
Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group; Founder & President ADCOLOR

Joaquin Bacardi '93
Executive Chairman Edmundo B. Fernandez

Bill Pappas '94
Managing Director and Head of Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
82%
Graduate in 5 years
87%
Graduate in 6 years
89%

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)
$64,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$116,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$120,600

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
$33,941

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,947

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,839

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
57%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,997

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,317

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,060
Required Fees
$1,770
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,560
Transportation for Commuters
$2,120

On-Campus Room and Board
$16,960
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
4,253
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

8.64%
Asian
3.73%
African-American
7.18%
Hispanic
59.06%
Caucasian
4.21%
Unknown
14.70%
International

40% female
60% male
58% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

“Motivated” is the number one way to describe “driven yet collaborative” Bentley students, and most people “take academics extremely seriously” and “spend most of their time at the library or the stock trading room on campus.” That said, people here are “very outgoing and involved in a range of activities on campus” and are “diverse in culture and educational experience, with broad perspectives from industries and countries across the world.” Regardless of background, “everyone understands the language of business.” There are a large number of international students, and “a lot more men than women.” The student body is “a little bit cliquey, but alright in general,” and there is “a sense of mutual respect among peers.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Everyone at Bentley has “a strong focus on jobs, internships, and résumé building,” so much of students’ free time goes to interest-based extracurriculars, which consist of clubs and activities (such as the student-run Bentley Investment Group) that “offer students an opportunity to explore their interests [and] acquire new knowledge and skills.” Still, “students are able to prioritize work, but when we are finished up we have some fun.” Most students are “part of an organization, whether it be Greek life or a club.” On the weekends, there are usually some parties but “there is no pressure to go. They are fun but not a major part of life on campus.” Fraternities are off-campus, and as such, “the frat-mosphere is not nearly as pronounced as the hyper-focus on where [you are] steering your career.” “We hang out and discuss a lot of different ideas about business-related externalities…. It’s the entire culture,” says one student. The campus activities board “makes sure there are events throughout the week and weekends for people to attend that are schoolsanctioned,” and other fun activities around campus include attending Division 1 hockey games in the school’s brand new sports complex, as well as “events that [the Campus Activities Board] constantly promotes.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

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: https://www.bentley.edu/campus-life/health-and-wellness/disability-services/documentation

Documentation Required for ADHD

For information on documentation visit: https://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
115
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
5

4% join a fraternity
7% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

40% 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


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.

98/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
0%

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 Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

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 Undergraduate 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
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

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 for first year students prior to Orientation.

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
https://www.bentley.edu/area-lodging


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