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About Bentley University

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4 Years

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Bentley University(BU), located in Waltham, Massachusetts, was founded in 1917 by Harry C. Bentley and is now 4 years, co-ed, a private, not-for-profit institution with a campus in over 163 acres. The University is deemed as one of the best Business Schools in the states. BU is unique as an educational foundation since it offers a sampling of Liberal Arts courses in its degree program combined with robust majors in Business. This allows the students to choose a business program with any other choice of subjects. Bentley University focuses on shaping its students with a precision of business interpretation and concrete ethical values.

  •  With a national rank of 85th, the acceptance rate of BU is intentionally kept low so as to stir a steady competition among its candidates.

  • The average student population is 5,460 out of which 4,890 are enrolled in full-time programs and the rest 570 in part-time courses.

  • BU is regionally accredited and is recognized by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE) for offering both online and on-campus programs.

  • The acceptance rate is 43.2%, which makes it 21st college with the lowest acceptance rate in America.

  • The graduation rate is very strong around 89% that shows the potential of its courses and the excellence of the faculty.

  • It offers 23 Majors in 13 broad fields to choose from.

  • The student to faculty ratio is 12:1.

  • In terms of Return of Investments(ROI), the records are very encouraging. The average starting salaries of BU graduates sum up to $65,000.

  • The campus holds strong values of “Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion”, where more than 38% of the student population belong to different cultural and ethnic diversity.

  • BU has also zero-tolerance policy towards ragging, bullying, stalking, or sexual assaults for its students.

  • Bentley University also has a competitive, NCAA Division II team in nearly two dozens sports and a Division I hockey program as well.


Online Education at Bentley University

  • Bentley University provides distance learning programs that the students could opt for when taking classes inside the campus seem too impractical due to their busy schedule.

  • These classes can be accessed by the university's learning management system.

  • A student can also choose to take up hybrid courses to which it requires students to maintain their physical presence.

Location & Contact


175 Forest St
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In a recent statistic year, Bentley University ranked well in the US News College Rankings and Forbes College Listing:

  • Bentley is ranked 3rd in Regional Universities-North.

  • It is ranked 4th in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

  • Ranked 7th in Best Value Schools.

  • In ‘Best College in Accounting and Finance’ it ranked 9th position.

  • BU ranked 94th in ‘Top Private Universities in America’.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

7th Jan

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1240 - 1410

ACT Range

28 - 32

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Getting into one of the finest Business Schools of America is quite hard. In terms of the annual acceptance rate it ranks, Bentley University ranks 21st in the lowest acceptance rate in the states. Last year, out of 9,252 only 3,998 could make to the further admission processes which make the acceptance rate 43%. Bentley University is recognized globally for its elite Major programs and expert mentors. Moreover, Bentley speaks with its years of experience is modeling leaders and bureaucrats. Hence it accelerates more competition where three-fold of the eligibility threshold applies every year.

In terms of academic eligibility, the test scores are exceptionally high. In terms of SAT/ACT test score, one should at least 1240 in SAT and 28 for ACT which is 70% or more scores. Bentley University offers the best opportunities for those who deserve the best, so these cut-off marks are intentionally kept high. The University typically attracts High School students with ‘A-’ or better grades. Advanced Placement Program, Dual Credit Program, Evening Degree Program, and Credits for Life Experience are also provided by the University. 

  • Admission is done via an online mainly.

  • The candidates are required to complete their profile, submit documentation such as standardized test scores and High School transcripts for verification, and send them to the official admission email id that is [email protected]

  • International students need to submit additional English Proficiency test scores(IELTS and TOEFL) and identity proofs as well.

  • Once the submission process is done, each candidate would be sent a candidate id for BentleyConnect whereby they can keep a check on their status. 

Annual Cost to Attend

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The annual cost of attending Bentley University is the same for both the resident/in-state student and non-resident student which is $68,710.The fee structure is intentionally made in such a manner because the ratio of international students in the net student population is pretty high. Having said the numbers, BU’s cost to attend is on the pricier side. But through years of legacy brilliance in academics and grooming the students to have an edge in the industry, the Net Cost to Attend Bentley University pays off. After 10 years, an undergraduate degree from Bentley University is worth about $1,585,000 more than what it would cost you. Your total earnings of $1,781,000 from your initial investment in tuition, fees, and other expenses of about $196,000 gives you an annualized return of 7.6%.

The Average Net Price of investing in Bentley University is $38,270.To gauge a more realistic view on the campus tuition fee, the University offers financial aid in the form of student scholarships, federal loans, and grants. Around 66% of the student population avail of some sort of financial assistance. Last year, $80,368,686 was used for financial aid purposes. Students who are willing to apply for financial assistance must fill the federal student code(FAFSA) application. The FAFSA code for BU is 002124.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


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Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


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Accounting and Related Services

219 Graduates

Finance and Financial Management Se...

210 Graduates

Business, Management, Marketing, an...

162 Graduates


156 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

133 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

116 Graduates

Business/Managerial Economics

46 Graduates

Computer and Information Sciences,...

31 Graduates

Business/Corporate Communications

30 Graduates

Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

23 Graduates

Computer/Information Technology Adm...

19 Graduates

General Sales, Merchandising and Re...

10 Graduates


10 Graduates

Public Policy Analysis

5 Graduates

International/Global Studies

3 Graduates


1 Graduates

Sustainability Studies

1 Graduates


Student Body

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Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




59% White

4% Unknown

4% Black

7% Hispanic

2% Two or more races

16% Non Resident alien

8% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$82,420 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 98% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

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The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $6,420/year.

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blue and gold

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Northeast 10 Conference

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24-Hour Security Patrol


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The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. A candidate will be needed to pay a normal expense of $16,960 per year for living on campus. The students at Bentley University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $6,420 per year. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 59% male and 41% female students.

After Graduation

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Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$241 - 280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

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The Financial Aid department of the university is committed to providing necessary financial assistance to all their students in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships to help them make their education affordable. Since the average cost to attend is on the pricier side, 66% of the student population avail for financial assistance. For availing Financial aid, the FAFSA code is 002124.

  • Federal aid plans provided by BU include Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Subsidized Loan, and Federal Work-Study.

  • State aid includes Mass Grant.

  • Bentley scholarships include Bentley Grant, Falcon Grant, First Year Academic Scholarships, Women's Leadership Award, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Transfer Academic Scholarship, and Institutional employment.

  • Military aid includes Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Some special kind of scholarships that are provided by Bentley University are:

  • The Earle and Solan Fellowship

  • Global Social Responsibility Fund 

  • International Citizen Group Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Explore the World Scholarship

  • The Bridging Project Scholarship.

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