4,272
Students
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Overview

Bentley University: A Private, Co-ed, Business University with a Focus on Technology, Hands-On Learning, and Career Planning

Bentley University is a private, co-ed institution of higher learning in Waltham, Massachusetts, just 10 miles from Boston. Ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of the top 10 Best Undergraduate Business Programs in the United States, Bentley provides an education that combines a solid foundation of business knowledge with the critical thinking and cultural understanding that comes from study of the arts and sciences. The Bentley curriculum emphasizes the strategic use of information technology and the role it plays in all aspects of business today. This focus gives graduates of Bentley a competitive advantage in the job market and enables its alumni to make immediate contributions their employers.

Students Choose from a Variety of Top Majors at Bentley, Including Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing

At Bentley, students' education is based in business and integrated with the best of the arts and sciences. This integration ensures that each student has the skills within a particular discipline necessary to land a good job, and a well-rounded perspective that leads to professional success. The breadth of departments at Bentley allows students to choose from 25 majors and 36 minors. Some of the most popular programs pursued by undergraduates are accountancy, finance, management, marketing, mathematical and actuarial sciences.

Bentley University offers an innovative Liberal Studies Major (LSM) program, an optional second major designed to complement any business major. The LSM sits at the modern intersection of business and the liberal arts. The unique curriculum allows this to be completed within the traditional four-year time frame and no additional classes are required.

A 21st Century Education cannot be Confined to the Classroom

Our faculty and students alike share a core belief that an education cannot be confined to the classroom, but must be applied and refined through engagement with the outside world through service learning, study aboard, corporate partnerships and internships.

Here, experiential education programs give you unparalleled opportunities to gain real-world experience, build new skills for living and working in a global community, and develop fresh insights into working with diverse people.

Bentley students have access to hundreds of service learning projects including opportunities embedded in the course curriculum. Students get involved in the larger community around them. Each year, hundreds of Bentley students study abroad in one of the university's more than 80 programs available.

Students can also take advantage of Corporate Partnerships where they will work with executives on real world problems in the classroom. Over 90% of Bentley students take on at least one internship experience and over 70% of students complete more than one. Our relationship with leading employers means you will have internship opportunities throughout the U.S. and the world.

There are several specialty academic opportunities for undergraduate students that are available at Bentley University. These include the Honors Program, which offers high-achieving students opportunities to take select classes each semester in an intimate, seminar-style format. In addition to honors courses, students in the program participate in special co-curricular activities such as film screenings; lectures by distinguished speakers; and field trips to innovative companies and the theaters, concert halls, and museums for which Boston is internationally famous. The Women's Leadership Program, launched in 2017, is a four-year program that empowers young women with the essential skills, real-world experiences and confidence needed to advance into leadership roles. The Program includes leadership and profession skills workshops, mentorship, invitation to events led by leadership experts and exposure to organizations where women thrive.

Students at Bentley Have Student Groups and Organizations to Join, from the Leadership Society to Beta Sigma Gamma

There are more than 100 student organizations for undergraduates to become a part of over the course of their four-year stay at Bentley. These organizations include academic interests, campus arts and media interests, social and political interests, athletics, and other interests. Groups include the Adamian Law Club, Best Buddies, Campus Activity Board, the Entrepreneur Society, Greek organizations, the International Student Association, the Leadership Society, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and many others.

Vast Majority of Undergraduate Students Live on Campus All Four Years

Bentley offers housing for incoming freshmen and underclassmen all four years, provided they maintain good academic standing, solid citizenship and meet required housing deadlines. In fact, more than 98% of freshmen live in residence halls. Suites and apartment-style residence halls are available for upperclassmen of which 85% live on campus. In addition to amenities like recreation rooms, vending machines, and air-conditioned rooms, residents have access to full-time staff members who support resident needs, including security.

Tuition at Bentley Can Be Offset with Ample Financial Aid Options like Local Grants, Government Aid, and Other Programs

Most students - more than 75% - receive some form of financial aid including institutional grants, student loans, statewide and local grants, and federal grants. There is also a work-study program available at Bentley.

Bentley Ranks High for Program Value and Educational Quality among All Other Business Schools in the Northeast

The latest U.S. News & World Report edition of America's Best Colleges 2018 ranks Bentley University #2 in the Best Regional Universities-North category. BusinessWeek ranks Bentley #10 among the top undergraduate business programs in the nation in the magazine's The Best Undergraduate Business Schools issues. Princeton Review ranks Bentley as #2 for Best Career Services in the nation in 2018.

Location & Contact

Address 175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA  02452
United States
Contact Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Email: ugadmission@bentley.edu
Phone: 781-891-2244
Fax: 781-891-3414

Majors & Degrees

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

8,867
Applied
3,915
Accepted
4,272
Enrolled
44%
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Female Admissions

3,303
Females Applied
1,590
Females Accepted
48%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

5,564
Males Applied
2,325
Males Accepted
42%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

75
Application Fee
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 7th March 31st
Early decision plan November 15th December 20th
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer April 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 630 590 670
SAT Math 660 620 710
ACT Composite 29 27 31

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

48,180
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Fees

1,700
Full-time student fees
16,320
Room & board
9,900
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

36,161
Avg. Financial Aid Package
35,924
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
21,005
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
5,062
Avg. Loan Aid
19,746
Avg. Grant Aid
31,187
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
93%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
39%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

4,272
Total undergrad students
14%
International Students
58%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.14%
Black or African American 3.45%
White or Caucasian 61.48%
Asian 8.23%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or more races 2.24%
Other 3.62%

Gender

Male (58.75%)
Female (41.25%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 78%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Spring Day, Relay for Life and Breakfast by Moonlight

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
South Asian Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Delta Sigma Pi, Bentley Investment Group and National Association of Black Accountants

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
security cameras, Community Policing Team, self-defense classes, CPR and first-aid training, anonymous crime reporting, fire drills

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 No
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Cheerleading No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports No No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football Checkmark Division 2 No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 No
Ice Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 No
Tennis No Division 2 No
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No Division 2 No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 2 No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 No
Softball Checkmark Division 2 No
Swimming And Diving No Division 2 No
Tennis No Division 2 No
Track And Field No Division 2 No
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 No

Faculty

450
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 291
Part-time - 159
Male - 275
Female - 175
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