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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Bentley is a highly rated private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts in the Boston Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,185 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bentley acceptance rate is 43%. Popular majors include Accounting, Finance, and Business. Graduating 89% of students, Bentley alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $65,800.
175 Forest St
Waltham, MA 02452
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northeast-10 Conference

Bentley University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Bentley Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
Application Deadline
January 7
SAT Range
1240-1410
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$38,270/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,879/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.36 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,185Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
68
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Money Hungry
    44%
  • Self interested
    24%
  • apathetic
    16%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Looking for a great education and a great party
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.58 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.62 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Business, ethics, and apathy
    26%
  • Prepared for the business man
    26%
  • Paratus
    15%
  • Ambitious
    7%
  • Dedicated
    7%
  • Underestimated
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$86,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
97%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
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College is a value proposition. You go there and work hard, pay for it and then see what it brings you. Bentley is an amazing place if you are smart enough to take advantage of what it has to offer. If you are going to college for good food, the arts, parties, big sports and fun....it's probably not a fit for you. There are plenty of other schools that will give you that. However, if you want to start life with a salary that can comfortably pay off your student loans, and/or give yourself a nice start in life....Bentley is hard to beat!
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Bentley is great especially if you are a focus driven individual. The environment is that of Harvard, Yale, Cornell or any other of the Ivy Leagues! Students are gravely concerned about their grades mostly. It is very intense academically but can be a special place once you can balance and maintain as well as have control and restraint. If you are into getting the best return on your investment, this is the place for you. Bentley is very well known in the Northeast region and has a lot of prestige behind its name. You are more than certain to obtain a job once it's on your resume!
Mediocre school that costs too much. Students are very insecure. The school’s career services are overrated, unless you are an accounting major. Food is poor at best. Athletic facilities are not particularly outstanding. About 70% of professors are pretty terrible teachers, and about 50% genuinely could not care less about the average student. You can make the best of the education, but employers and graduate schools will still look at “Bentley” on your resume and think it’s nothing special. Having a good GPA from an Ivy is better than a perfect GPA from Bentley.