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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

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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 minutes from Harvard Square and Boston Bentley is more than just one of the nation’s top business schools. We’re a transformative living-learning community that prepares ethical students to use their business know-how to make a positive difference in the world. With a blend of business, technology and the arts and sciences, we provide students with critical thinking and practical skills to help them collaborate effectively in different settings and prepare them to lead successful, rewarding careers. If you’re interested in changing the world, we’d like to help.

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

Today’s fast-changing economy has made business skills a hot commodity. Our unique blend of business, technology and the arts and sciences along with our strong emphasis on engaged, hands-on learning sets Bentley apart. 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. With 25 majors and 34 minors to choose from, you’ll be able to follow your curiosity, pursue your specific academic interests and see firsthand why Bentley is consistently recognized among the top business schools in the country.

If you’re earning a Bachelor of Science degree in a business-related field, Bentley has created a one-of-a-kind way for you to develop a more well-rounded education. The Liberal Studies Major (LSM) offers a more thematic approach to your course selection, allowing you to shape your education into something that really reflects you, without giving up the core business knowledge Bentley is famous for, all within the traditional four-year time frame.

A 21st Century Education cannot be Confined to the Classroom

At Bentley, we know a modern education has to prepare you for today's complex world. So we've designed the Bentley experience to give you more: Business plus the arts and sciences. Classroom learning plus real-world experience. World-class technology plus a global perspective.

Here, you'll take risks, confront your blind spots, challenge yourself, and discover a better, more complete you. You'll graduate knowing everything you've studied has a place and a purpose, bridging hard and soft skills, right and left brain, your dreams and the reality of today's fast-moving global marketplace. You'll not only be ready to succeed in your adult life but prepared to thrive in everything you do.

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 enables women to develop skills and strategies for self-advocacy and leadership advancement. Leaders gain an understanding of the value and impact of gender equity, enhance key communications competencies, and become aware of their unique strengths as authentic leaders and team players. 

Students at Bentley Have Student Groups and Organizations to Join, from the Leadership Society to Greek Life.

Your education doesn't stop at the classroom door. With a classic New England campus, you’ll enjoy a beautiful setting and easy access to Boston’s professional networking and cultural opportunities. Ninety-seven  percent of our first-year students live on campus, creating a tight-knit bond among neighbors and classmates, and our 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you’ll work directly with professors. You’ll be part of a welcoming, inclusive community that embraces diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

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. Suites and apartment-style residence halls are available for upperclassmen of which 78% 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 72% - 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

Bentley Ranks High for Program Value and Educational Quality among All Other Business Schools in the Northeast Text: The latest U.S. News & World Report edition of the Princeton Review ranks Bentley as #1 for Internship Opportunities and #3 for Best Career Services in the nation in 2020.

Location & Contact

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

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Majors & Degrees

Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Sales, Distribution, And Marketing Operations Checkmark
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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

9,017
Applied
4,213
Accepted
4,228
Enrolled
47%
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Female Admissions

3,389
Females Applied
1,831
Females Accepted
54%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

5,628
Males Applied
2,382
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
Out of state Fall freshmen January 7th January 1st
Early decision plan November 15th December 21st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 639 600 680
SAT Math 677 630 730
ACT Composite 29 27 31

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

50,060
Private
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Fees

1,770
Full-time student fees
16,960
Room & board
10,290
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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

39,159
Avg. Financial Aid Package
38,082
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
22,747
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,631
Avg. Loan Aid
19,768
Avg. Grant Aid
34,395
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
92%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
36%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

4,228
Total Undergrad students
15%
International Students
58%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 7.48%
Black or African American 3.54%
White or Caucasian 58.17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.02%
Asian 8.85%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 2.55%
Other 4.09%

Gender

Male (58.94%)
Female (41.06%)

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, Back 2 Bentley and Super Bingo

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Bentley Investing Group, Campus Activities Board, South Asian Student Association, Bentley Association of Chinese Students and Delta Sigma Pi

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
CCTV security cameras; Community Policing team; Rape Aggression Defense classes; CPR, AED and first-aid training

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No Division 2 No
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Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Football No 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 Checkmark 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

513
Total Faculty
11:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 292
Part-time - 221
Male - 303
Female - 210
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