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Undergrad Profile

At Bentley, we believe your education should prepare you for whatever the world sends your way. 

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.

Learn it in here, use it out there
More than 90% of Bentley students complete at least one internship, and 60% do two or more, building useful work experience and valuable networking connections. Bentley’s Service-Learning Center helps students build skills in business, communication, and teamwork while assisting nonprofit and community-based organizations. And since today’s global economy requires an expanded world-view, Bentley students can gain insight into different countries and cultures by studying abroad. Programs take place in more than 25 countries and vary in length from one week to a full academic year.

Seven high-tech learning labs
At Bentley concepts taught in the classroom are put to use in our seven high-tech learning laboratories, ranging from finance to foreign language. So Bentley students leave campus ready to hit the ground running, having already mastered the tools of their trade.
The Bentley Library is outfitted with computer workstations, group study rooms, and wireless network access. It also has an exceptional number of online database resources.

More than 95% career placement rate
Our Career Services office was recently ranked #5 in the nation by The Princeton Review. This office offers workshops and panels, self-assessment tools, advising sessions, career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and networking events that pave the way for professional success. Internship and job preparation starts during your first year on campus with the innovative Career Development Introduction Seminar (CDI 101), which lays the groundwork for professional success.

This approach works. In 2014 more than 95% of students found employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. And they’re good jobs, with a median annual salary of $53,000.

Honors Program
The Honors Program is designed to provide a sense of place to our best and brightest students. In addition to an enhanced intellectual challenge, Bentley Honors students expand their social, cultural, and academic horizons and join an elite group of Bentley Honors graduates from around the world.
Honors courses are limited in size and typically follow a highly interactive seminar format; the emphasis is on reading original source works and on each student’s written and oral contributions. Honors students are also encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities ranging from special presentations by invited speakers to field trips to Boston museums and theaters.

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.

Our undergraduates 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. Our 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!
More than 99% of Bentley freshmen live on campus. Twenty-three residence halls provide a range of housing options, including dorms, suites, and apartments. Housing is provided for all four years.

Bentley is home to more than 100 student organizations, so you can make new friends with common interests or challenge yourself with something different. We hold a student activities fair each year, giving students the chance to get to know our clubs and groups firsthand.

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.

A top-ranked education within reach
Last year Bentley administered more than $85 million in aid to undergraduate students. Well over half of that amount came in the form of grants and scholarships directly from Bentley. Every freshman applicant is considered for a variety of Trustee, President’s, and International merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to full tuition. Currently more than 75% of undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance—grants, scholarships, loans, and/or work-study.



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 


Bachelor of Science
• Accountancy
• Actuarial Science
• Computer Information Systems
• Corporate Finance and Accounting
• Creative Industries
• Economics—Finance
• Finance
• Information Design and Corporate Communication
• Information Systems and Audit Control
• Management
• Managerial Economics
• Marketing
• Mathematical Sciences
• Professional Sales

Bachelor of Arts
• English
• Global Studies
• Health Studies
• History
• Liberal Arts
• Media and Culture
• Philosophy
• Public Policy
• Spanish Studies
• Sustainability Science