Bentley University

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
student ratio
total students
$42,550 | $42,550
in-state | out-of-state tuition
January 7
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


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. Regarded as one of the best business schools 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 receive a wide-ranging education that combines a core of business and liberal arts fundamentals. 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 23 majors and 35 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 double major with 8 concentrations that provides a competitive edge by enhancing the student's ability to think analytically, critically, and creatively. Students pair the LSM with a primary major in a business discipline or one of the arts and sciences majors requiring a significant business component; both majors are completed in the same four years.

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 50 programs available.

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

There are several specialty 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.

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 stays at Bentley. These organizations include academic interests, campus arts and media interests, social and political interests, athletics, and other interests. Groups include the Poker Club, the Leadership Society, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the Italian Club, the Water Polo Club, the Association of Chinese Students, the Beta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, Cheerleaders, and many others.

Vast Majority of Undergraduate Students Live on Campus All Four Years

There is a great deal of on-campus student housing available to undergraduates at Bentley University. In fact, more than 85% of all undergraduate students live in residence halls. Bentley offers housing for incoming freshmen or 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. In addition to amenities like recreation rooms, vending machines, and air-conditioned rooms, residents have access to full-time staff members that 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. Additionally, more than 90% of students complete internships during their time at the university. More than 95% of undergrads are employed or in graduate school within months of graduation.

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 2015 ranks Bentley University #6 in the Best Regional Universities-North category. BusinessWeek ranks Bentley #20 among the top undergraduate business programs in the nation in the magazine's The Best Undergraduate Business Schools issues. Princeton Review ranks Bentley as #4 for Best Career Services in the nation.

Location & Contact

175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452-4705

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 781-891-2244
Fax: 781-891-3414

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting and Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sustainability Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Policy Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


46% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied7,477
    • Accepted3,448
    • Acceptance Rate46%
    • Enrolled4,264
    • Female Applicants2,894
    • Females Accepted1,419
    • Female Acceptance Rate49%
    • Male Applicants4,583
    • Males Accepted2,029
    • Male Acceptance Rate44%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some TOEFL or IELTS required of non-native English speakers
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 7th March 31st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen January 7th March 31st --
    • Early decision plan November 1st December 22nd --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 590 540 640
    • SAT Math 650 610 690
    • SAT Writing 600 550 650
    • ACT Composite 28 26 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$42,550
    • Out-of-state tuition *$42,550
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,535
    • Room and board *$14,520
    • Room only *$8,800
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,264
    • Male Student Percentage60%
    • Female Student Percentage40%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.06%
    • Black or African American3.08%
    • White or Caucasian60.48%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.07%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.1%
    • Unknown3.94%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout14.8% representing 78 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students54% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 78%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Bentley Entrepreneurship Society, Campus Activities Board, Delta Sigma Pi, Bentley Investment Group, National Association of Black Accountants
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other security cameras, Community Policing Team, self-defense classes, CPR and first-aid training, anonymous crime reporting, fire drills


Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division 2 No
    • Golf Yes Division 2 No
    • Ice hockey No Division 1 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 No
    • Tennis No Division 2 No
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 No
    • Field hockey No Division 2 No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 No
    • Softball Yes Division 2 No
    • Swimming No Division 2 No
    • Tennis No Division 2 No
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 No
    • Water polo No No No
    • Wrestling No No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty465
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 4,201 students to 343 faculty




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