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Bentley University

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Established in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, Bentley University is a private co-educational institution located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It took on its current name in 2008, after being authorized by the state board of higher education. In 2010, Business Week ranked the university as one of the top 20 undergraduate business schools; and Princeton Review ranked it as #6 in Best Career/Job Placement Services.

The main mission of this career-oriented institution is “to provide quality education, spread knowledge, and train ethical, creative, and socially responsible organizational leaders of tomorrow”.


Accreditation is granted by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC). The institution also holds other discipline-based accreditations from agencies such as the AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business); and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditation.

Undergraduate and graduate programs span diverse areas of study. Students can choose from a range of major and minors such as accountancy, 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. BCC also awards PhD degrees in accountancy and business.

The university is composed of the following academic departments: Accountancy; Computer Information Systems; Economics; English; Finance; Global Studies; History; Information Design and Corporate Communication; Information and Process Management; Law, Taxation and Financial Planning; Management; Marketing; Mathematical Sciences; Modern Languages; Natural and Applied Sciences; Philosophy; and Sociology.

Students may pursue a professional certificate for individuals seeking to enhance their skills in diverse field. The courses are offered in a two-day intensive format, and students are not required to take any GMAT or GRE exams. There is also a dual degree option to deliver an authoritative combination of broad leadership knowledge and deep business expertise.

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Students seeking admission must send the completed application form along with official transcripts and ACT/ SAT score. Students seeking a transfer must send the completed application form along with official transcripts from all previously attended institutes. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must provide a proof of their proficiency in English.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers several types of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. All students seeking financial aid must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. Grants and scholarships are the type of financial aid that need not be returned. Some of the need-based grants and merit-based scholarships are Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Dean’s Awards, Falcon Grants, Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Service-Learning Scholarship, and International Scholarship.

Loans are the type of financial aid that must be returned with interest. Students can apply for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan or Federal Perkins Loan. The institute also presents work-study programs to assist the students find part-time jobs in their fields of interest. Apart from helping them pay for college, work-study programs also aid students gain work experience in their relevant fields.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3308th for the average student loan amount.
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Bentley University boasts an active and vibrant student life. The campus hosts a variety of events and activities for the overall development of the students. There are over 100 registered on-campus student clubs and organizations on diverse fields of interest.

Greek life is also prominent on this campus. The students can join the several sororities and fraternities, governed by the National Panhellenic Conference or the National Association of Latina/Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc. Some of the Greek organizations are Alpha Phi, Delta Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Beta, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Gamma Delta, and Sigma Pi.

Media and Publication:

BS-TV is the student-operated monthly television segment; and WBTY – Radio Bentley is the on-campus radio station, operating at 105.3 FM.

Piecework is the student-run annual literary magazine; and Bentley Observer is the staff-operated quarterly magazine for alumni.

The Vanguard is the student-run weekly newspaper that contains all the campus related information.

Campus Facilities:

The residence life boasts decent and well-equipped accommodation for the students. Some of the residence halls are Tree Dorms, Boylston Apartments, Rhodes Apartments, Slade Hall, Miller Hall, Kresge Hall, Forest Hall, Collins Hall, and Falcone Apartments. The residence halls are equipped with all the modern amenities for the convenience of the students.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department sponsors men’s and women’s teams in diverse sports such as baseball, football, golf, hockey, basketball, cross country, indoor track, swimming, lacrosse, outdoor track, soccer, and tennis. The university sports 23 men’s and women’s varsity teams which compete in the Northeast Ten Conference at the NCAA Division II level. The official mascot is Flex the Falcon. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Falcons. The university also features intramural sports for recreation of the students and staff members.


Notable alumni include:

  • Mackenzy Bernadeau, Professional football player with Carolina Panthers
  • Greg Maloomian, Competitive Eater and guest-starred on the Travel Channel
  • J. Terence Carleton, Executive Vice President of Holliday, Connors, and Cosmopulos, Inc.
  • Richard Caturano, Co-Founder of Caturano and Company
  • R. Marcelo Claure, CEO and President, Brightstar Corporation
  • Charles Dockendorff, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President of Covidien
  • Michael Jingozian, Founder & CEO, AngelVision, TV Producer

Additional School Information

The Center of Disability Services aims to provide equal opportunities for education to students with documented disabilities. The staff provides a variety of services to help the students get equal share of education and co-curricular activities at the campus. Other services include class accommodation, note taking, and more.

Information Summary

Ranks 16th in Massachusetts and 157th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 420th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.07
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 3 0.05
Burglary 10 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 135 0.22
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 15 0.02
Robbery 24 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 191 0.31
Larceny 639 1.05
Vehicle theft 38 0.06

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Waltham, MA 02452-4705
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population12,457 (12,457 urban / N/A rural)
Households4,408 (2.20 people per house)
Median Household Income$61,096
Families2,486 (2.89 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2505

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 132nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $39,600 $39,600 $39,600
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,510 $1,510 $1,510
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,320 $1,320 $1,320
FT Graduate Tuition $30,400 $30,400 $30,400
FT Graduate Required Fees $425 $425 $425
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,266 $1,266 $1,266
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $56,930 $56,930 $56,930
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $56,930 $56,930 $56,930
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $47,580 $47,580 $47,580

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $38,328 $39,628 $38,328 $39,628 $38,328 $39,628
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100 $1,150
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,520 $12,960
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,150(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,520 $12,960
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,150(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,870 $5,170

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 7,493 (4,731 male / 2,762 female)
Admitted 3,281 (1,975 male / 1,306 female)
Admission rate 44%
First-time Enrollment 974 (604 male / 370 female)
FT Enrollment 974 (604 male / 370 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment5,658

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Northeast 10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Northeast 10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Northeast 10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Northeast 10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

151st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 27%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 26 / 30

SAT Test Admission

197th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 540 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1140 / 1310

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity4,100
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,085
Board Fee$5,360

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 120th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $109,421 ($110,688 male / $105,543 female)
Number of FT Faculty 281 (170 male / 111 female)
Number of PT Faculty 464
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $11,421,000

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