New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Undergraduate Enrollment: 4,264
Tuition: $44,085 (includes fees)
Profile: At Bentley University, students benefit from a unique integration of business and the liberal arts. This academic approach has helped Bentley obtain a 95 percent placement rate within six months of graduation with average starting salary of $53,000. As the largest business school in New England, Bentley offers remarkable depth in topics such as finance, management, marketing, and accountancy. A similarly strong commitment to the liberal arts helps students build skills in critical thinking, decision-making, communication, and other areas essential for a meaningful life and rewarding career. Students also benefit from the liberal studies major, an innovative program that offers an optional second major in business and liberal studies. Students combine courses that fulfill General Education requirements with related electives to pursue a concentration in a topical area such as earth, environment and global sustainability. Students take the same number of courses, but add another credential to their degree – and stand out to future employers.
Location: Bentley is situated on 163 acres in Waltham, Massachusetts. The University’s classic New England campus offers an inviting atmosphere for study and socializing. A location just minutes from Boston puts the city’s many resources within easy reach. Students can take advantage of options ranging from theater performances to art exhibits, dance clubs to alternative rock concerts, championship sports to championship shopping. Boston also offers students a variety of opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation. A free shuttle makes regular trips from the campus to Harvard Square in Cambridge – a great location itself and just a quick subway ride from the heart of Boston.
Student Body: The more than 4,000 undergraduates who attend Bentley live and learn in an environment that reflects and prepares them for a multicultural world. Students come from approximately 46 states and 80 countries. Students benefit from small classes and student-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The topic of diversity is not only addressed in courses but is also a vibrant facet of campus life. Offices such as the Multicultural Center, Spiritual Life Center, Center for International Students and Scholars, and Women's Center support the University’s commitment to cultural awareness.
Undergraduate Majors: Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Computer Information Systems, Corporate Finance & Accounting, Creative Industries, Economics-Finance, Finance, English, Global Studies, Health Studies, History, Information Design & Corporate Communication, Information Systems Audit & Control, Liberal Arts, Management, Managerial Economics, Marketing, Mathematical Sciences, Media & Culture, Philosophy, Public Policy, Spanish Studies, Sustainability Science.
Special Features:Gain Experience: At Bentley, students have a number of opportunities to enhance their learning and test concepts learned in the classroom. Programs include service-learning, study abroad, corporate partnership courses, and internships, all of which help students build their résumé and provide them with an enriched campus experience. Students are able to use all these hands-on experiences to help land full-time employment after graduation. In addition, students have access to numerous programs offered to help them prepare them for a career. 90 percent of students complete at least one internship while 60 percent complete two or more internships prior to graduation. Use Cutting-Edge Technology: Unique to Bentley are seven high-tech labs: the Financial Trading Room, Center for Marketing Technology, the Accounting Center for Electronic Learning and Business Measurement, Center for Languages and International Collaboration, Media Arts Lab and Studios, Computer Information Systems (CIS) Learning and Technology Sandbox, and User Experience Center. The Trading Room, which is among the largest in higher education, combines sophisticated technology and real-time data. Students take part in simulated trading sessions, using resources such as Bloomberg and DataStream to build an investment portfolio, analyze financial risk, and gain firsthand exposure to finance concepts.
Admissions Requirements: Students applying for admission to Bentley University are encouraged to complete a competitive college-preparatory program. Recommendations include four years each of English and mathematics (preferably algebra I and II, geometry, and pre-calculus or its equivalent), and three to four years each of history, laboratory science, and foreign language. Along with the Common Application and Bentley Supplement, students must submit a secondary school transcript, letters of recommendation from a teacher and a counselor, and official scores of either the SAT or ACT, including the ACT Writing Test. The University has additional requirements for international students and transfer students. Applicants whose native language is not English must also have official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The Early Decision program is designed for academic achievers for whom Bentley is the first choice. Students who are admitted through this binding program agree to withdraw any applications submitted to other colleges and universities. The Early Decision application deadline is November 15. The Regular Decision deadline is January 7.
For students planning to begin study in January, the deadline is November 1. Candidates for fall are notified by mid April; spring semester candidates are notified on a rolling basis.
High School Transcript,
Spring Deadline: Nov. 15,
Fall Deadline: Apr. 15