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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.


From The School

Bentley University accepts the Common Application. Candidates for the fall semester are notified by April 1; spring semester candidates are notified on a rolling basis.

Prospective students can visit for application information and deadlines. For more information, students should contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Bentley University
175 Forest Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02452-4705
Phone: 781.891.2244
800.523.2354 (toll-free)
Fax: 781.891.3414


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 650

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Regular — January 7

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The Bentley curriculum is a groundbreaking integration of business and the arts and sciences that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. "It's not about pitting lifelong learning skills against professional skills," President Gloria Larson told the paper. "A college degree should reflect both."

To that end, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs enable our students to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in specific business disciplines: accountancy, actuarial science, computer information systems, corporate finance and accounting, creative industries, economics–finance, finance, information design and corporate communication, information systems audit and control, management, managerial economics, marketing, mathematical sciences and professional sales.

Bentley also offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs with majors in global studies, health studies, history, liberal arts, media and culture, philosophy, public policy, Spanish studies, and sustainable science. All Bachelor of Arts students gain business experience through either the Business Studies Major (BSM) or minor. All students can also choose from minors such as entrepreneurial studies, law, and sports management. The Liberal Studies Major (LSM), an optional double major, can be combined with any business program. It provides students with a competitive edge by building meaningful connections across and within disciplines. To complete the LSM, students do not need to take any extra courses beyond those normally required. It allows students to add another credential to their degree, helping them stand out to employers. LSM concentrations include American studies; diversity and society; earth, environment, and global sustainability; ethics and social responsibility; global perspectives; health and industry; media arts and society; and quantitative perspectives.

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


  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • 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 Clinical Sciences

  • 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

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.


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


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Amanda Hesser '93
Co-Founder & CEO, Food52 and bestselling author

Marcelo Claure '93
Current President and CEO, Sprint Corporation

Joaquin Bacardi '89
President and CEO Bacardi Corporation

Susan O'Connell
Partner, Wellington Management Company

J. Paul Condrin '83
President of Commercial Insurance, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Stephen DelVecchio '81
Partner and Chief Data Officer, PwC

Arthur T. Demoulas '77
CEO, Market Basket

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

The typical Bentley University graduate has a starting salary of around $58,000, and 38 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Students report that "Bentley also has a wonderful career services department that seems to take networking pretty seriously, and I owe it a lot of credit for helping me find a very attractive internship my Sophomore year with a large CPA firm." "The Career Services Office provides unique, one-on-one aid to students in finding fantastic internships and jobs after graduation," and "offers many internships to get a foot in the door with top corporations." Overall, the school is "very business oriented and they have great career placement. As long as you did pretty well in school, you will get a job by the time you graduate."


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Financial Aid

Bentley's financial aid program includes both scholarships based on academic achievement, which are awarded through the admission process, as well as grants based on financial need. Bentley administered over $88 million in aid to undergraduate students last year. More than 75 percent of aid came as Bentley-funded grants and scholarships. Significant institutional resources are committed each year so that all academically qualified students have access to a Bentley education regardless of their financial resources. Currently, more than 75 percent of undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance-including grants, scholarships, loans and/or work study.


Application Deadlines
Jan 7
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

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)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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 about 25% 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 921 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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



41% female
59% male
57% 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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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.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Concepts taught in the classroom are put to use in several high-tech learning laboratories.

Bentley's financial Trading Room combines state-of-the-art technology and real-time data to offer first-hand exposure to financial concepts in simulated trading sessions. Resources include Bloomberg, Capital IQ, Datastream, FactSet, Thomson One Analytics, Portfolio Analysis, MATLAB, S&P Compustat, and Worldscope. The Center for Marketing Technology plays an integral role in marketing programs. Students gain a full grasp of software options, familiarity with research tools and techniques, and knowledge of new digital marketing frameworks.

The Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Management (ACELAB) introduces cutting-edge technologies that are reshaping the accounting profession. Students have access to auditing and tax preparation software as well as other professional applications from industry leaders such as SAP and Oracle.

The Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) is a key resource for language courses, international studies majors, and students with an interest in global issues. The center promotes collaboration among Bentley students and their counterparts overseas. The Media and Culture Labs and Studio feature resources for video production and editing as well as digital photography. The lab provides students with industry-standard software programs for screenwriting, sound mixing, graphic design, and DVD authoring.

The User Experience Center (UXC) features labs ideal for usability testing. Students use the applications employed by technical communicators, Web developers, user-interface designers, and usability specialists. The brand-new CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox is a collaborative space for learning new technologies. Its resources include Google TVs, Xbox 360 with Kinect, study spaces, large-screen TVs, a smart board, specialized networking equipment, and tools such as Windows 8, Linux, and Android development software.

The Bentley Library is outfitted with computer workstations, group study rooms, and wireless network access. It also has an exceptional number of online database resources. In 2010, Bentley was ranked 14th on the Princeton Review's list of best college libraries.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Hands-on experience is emphasized across the curriculum. Internships, study abroad, service-learning, and other opportunities allow students to apply classroom theory in the community. More than 90% of seniors complete one internship and 73% complete two or more, building valuable work experience and networking connections. Some of the top internship employers include Fidelity Investments, the TJX Companies, Liberty Mutual, Bain & Company, and all of the Big Four accounting firms.

Bentley students can gain insight into different cultures by studying abroad. Programs take place in more than 25 countries and vary in length from one week to a full academic year. Through Bentley's Service-Learning Center, students build skills in business, communication, and teamwork while assisting nonprofit and community-based organizations both locally and internationally.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
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

Stephanie Brodeur

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

For information on documentation visit:

Documentation Required for ADHD

For information on documentation visit:

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

12% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division II

45% 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.

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

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Developed Bicycle Plan
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:

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
Visitor Center Manager

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
Green Space
Lower Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Harvard Square
Boston Common
Faneuil Hall
Newbury Street
Copley Place

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

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Undergraduate Admission to plan your visit. 781.891.2244 or 800.523.2354

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 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.

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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