A Bentley education brings together the distinctive characteristics and skills that make each student special.
Location: Waltham, Massachusetts, nine miles west of Boston
Number of Undergraduate Students: 4,203
International Students: 16%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Freshman Retention Rate: 94%
Students Who Complete One Internship: 90%
Postgraduate Placement Rate: More than 95%
Average Starting Salary: $55,000
It’s a path of exploration where students find creative ways to turn their passions into a profession. Our 24 majors and 35 minors span the foundations of business and the best of the arts and sciences, enabling students to customize a curriculum tailor-made for them and their career interests.
Bentley graduates leave campus understanding that everything they have learned has a place and a purpose. They will enter the global marketplace with hard and soft skills, prepared for career success and with a desire to make the world a better place. A Bentley education prepares our graduates to thrive in everything they do.
This is why Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Bentley among the top 10 undergraduate business programs in the nation in 2016.
The arts and science of business
Bentley students are encouraged to uncover what they’re passionate about and to build a degree that reflects their dynamic individuality and enthusiasm. Business majors can choose to pair their degree with the Liberal Studies major (LSM), an optional second major with eight different concentrations. The LSM doesn’t require any additional courses beyond the normal curriculum requirements and gives students the opportunity to develop their critical-thinking, problem-solving, and creative skills in disciplines that provide a distinct advantage when they begin their job search.
The Business Studies major is designed to give students pursuing an arts and sciences degree at Bentley critical exposure to important areas of business. This distinctive element of a business university education broadens the benefits of a Bentley arts and sciences degree.
Either way, by connecting your Bentley business education to a key topic in the arts and sciences, students graduate with the well-rounded expertise needed to lead and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
The Honors Program is designed to provide an enriched educational opportunity 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 cocurricular activities ranging from special presentations by invited speakers to field trips to Boston museums and theaters.
More than 90% of Bentley students complete at least one internship, and more than 70% do two or more, building useful work experience and valuable networking connections. In fact, Bentley was ranked #1 by The Princeton Review in 2017 for providing the best internship opportunities. 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.
Unmatched collection of 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.
Our Career Services department was recently ranked #1 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 the first year on campus with the innovative Career Development Introduction Seminar (CDI 101), which lays the groundwork for professional success. The recently launched Career Communities introduces students to industry professionals to explore how classroom knowledge can impact business communities.
This approach works. In 2016 more than 95% of Bentley students found employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. And they’re good jobs, with a median annual salary of $55,000.
Bentley and Boston
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.
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 organizations, so students can make new friends with common interests or challenge themselves 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.
Return on investment
Last year Bentley administered more than $88 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.