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Diversity Profile

At Bentley we believe your education should prepare you for whatever the world sends your way. That’s why our one-of-a-kind curriculum starts with a core business foundation, infused with the kind of critical thinking and cultural understanding that comes from the study of the arts and sciences. As a result, Bentley students are highly sought after by today’s leading organizations because of their professionalism, exposure to state-of-the-art technology, and diverse real-world experience. In its 2014 “Best Undergraduate Business Schools” issue, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Bentley 20th among the country’s top undergraduate business programs.

Business + arts and sciences = success
The Bentley curriculum is a groundbreaking integration of business and the arts and sciences that has been featured in The Wall Street Journal. “It’s not about pitting lifelong learning skills against professional skills,” President Gloria Larson told the paper. “A college degree should reflect both.”

To that end, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs enable our students to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in specific business disciplines. Many students choose to combine their business major with the innovative Liberal Studies Major (L.S.M.), an optional second major that provides students with a competitive edge by building meaningful connections across and within disciplines.

Bentley also offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs, with majors in English, global studies, health sciences, history, liberal arts, media and culture, philosophy, public policy, Spanish studies, and sustainability science. All Bachelor of Arts students gain business experience through either the Business Studies Major (B.S.M.) or minor.

Boston, business, Bentley
Bentley is located just minutes west of Boston in suburban Waltham, Massachusetts. As the country’s ultimate college town, Boston offers a host of options for fun, ranging from culture and entertainment to championship sports and world-class shopping. Bentley’s free shuttle makes regular trips to Harvard Square in Cambridge, just a subway ride from the city. Boston also offers many opportunities for internships and jobs after graduation.

The more than 4,250 undergraduates who attend Bentley live and learn in an environment that reflects and prepares them for a multicultural world. Students come from across the United States and nearly 100 countries. The topic of diversity is not only addressed in courses but is also a vibrant facet of campus life. Offices such as the Center for International Students and Scholars, Multicultural Center, Spiritual Life Center, and Center for Women and Business support the University’s commitment to cultural awareness.

Live on campus—get involved!
Campus life at Bentley is a life worth living. Approximately 99% of Bentley freshmen live on campus. Twenty-three residence halls provide a range of housing options: dorms, suites, and apartments. Housing is provided for all four years, and residence halls are air conditioned and typically include study lounges, exercise facilities, TV lounges, and game rooms.

Bentley is home to more than 100 student organizations, so you can make new friends with common interests or challenge yourself with something different. In fact, we hold a student activities fair each year, giving students the chance to get to know our clubs and groups firsthand. And our International Student Association sponsors a host of activities to promote cross-cultural understanding and exchange.

Athletic programs include intramurals, recreational sports, and more than 20 varsity teams in NCAA Divisions I and II. The Dana Athletic Center houses a weight and fitness complex, food court, locker rooms, a basketball court, volleyball and racquetball courts, a competition-size pool with a diving tank, and saunas. Outdoor facilities include soccer and baseball fields, a track, and tennis courts.



Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, nine miles west of Boston

Number of Undergraduate Students: 4,264

International Students: 16%

Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Freshman Retention Rate: 96%

Students Who Complete One Internship: 90%

Postgraduate Placement Rate: More than 95%

Average Starting Salary: $53,000