Bentley University

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175 Forest Street

Waltham, MA 02452-4705

Phone: (781) 891-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 7
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#4 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Bentley University is a private institution that was founded in 1917. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,237, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 163 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bentley University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 4. Its tuition and fees are $41,110 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

BENTLEY is an internationally recognized business university, dedicated to preparing the next generation of smart, nimble and compassionate leaders. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley combines an advanced business curriculum with the best of the arts and sciences, taught using the latest technology by a faculty that collaborates across disciplines. Bentley offers a wide variety of majors and minors, as well as optional Liberal Studies and Business Studies majors designed to create a modern intersection of the arts and sciences and business that's unique in higher education. Bentley students are highly sought after by today's leading organizations because of their professionalism, exposure to state-of-the-art research tools, and diverse, real-world experience. In 2012, Bentley was ranked 16th in the nation by the Princeton Review for best career services. The Miller Center for Career Services offers resources including an on-campus recruiting program involving 1,000 national and international companies, and online job and internship database, career fairs, workshops on topics such as interviewing and networking and a newly developed Career Development Seminar (CDI 101) for first-year students. In 2012, more than 95 percent of students found employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Their median annual salary was $50,000. Bentley's curriculum, focusing on business, technology and the arts and sciences, provides students with options for shaping an academic program that fits their skills, interests and career goals. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs enable students to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in specific business disciplines: accountancy, actuarial science, computer information systems, corporate finance and accounting, economics-finance, finance, information design and corporate communication, information systems audit and control, management, managerial economics, marketing, and mathematical sciences. 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 students experience inside the classroom is supplemented by a variety of opportunities available outside the classroom including internships, service-learning, study abroad and corporate partnerships. More than 90 percent of Bentley students have at least one internship experience as an undergraduate. The curriculum is supported by technology in seven state-of-the-art labs. These labs include the financial Trading Room, which combines state-of-the-art technology and real-time data to offer firsthand exposure to financial concepts in simulated trading sessions. In the Center for Marketing Technology, students gain a full grasp of software options, familiarity with research tools and techniques, and knowledge of new digital marketing frameworks. The Center for Languages and International Collaboration (CLIC) is a resource for language courses and students with an interest in global issues. In the Media and Culture Labs and Studio, students use industry-standard software programs for screenwriting, sound mixing, graphic design, and DVD authoring. The Design and Usability Center (DUC) features labs ideal for usability testing and applications employed by Web developers, user-interface designers, and usability specialists. The new CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox is a collaborative space for students to explore and lean new technologies with resources including Google TVs; Xbox 360 with Kinect; and a variety of tools for application and software development.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1917
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $203,058,000


When applying to Bentley University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 7, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 7. The application fee at Bentley University is $50. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 58 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.1%
Application deadline January 7
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 7

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bentley University is 14:1, and the school has 26 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bentley University include: Finance, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other; Accounting; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 82%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Finance, General 16%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 16%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 15%
Accounting 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%

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Student Life

Bentley University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,237, with a gender distribution of 59.3 percent male students and 40.7 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Bentley University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,643
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Bentley University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bentley University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bentley University, 82 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bentley University.

Students who have cars on campus 82%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bentley University, 45.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,227.

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Tuition and fees $41,110 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,445 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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