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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 4,171 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bentley acceptance rate is 44%. Popular majors include Accounting, Finance, and Business Support Services. Graduating 91% of students, Bentley alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $65,800.
About Bentley University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northeast-10 Conference
Address
175 Forest St
Waltham, MA 02452

Bentley University Rankings

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

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
44%
Application Deadline
January 7
SAT Range
1210-1380
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$75
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$36,613/ 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
$26,565/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

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

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,171Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
101
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Money Hungry
    42%
  • Self interested
    23%
  • apathetic
    15%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Looking for a great education and a great party
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • Stressed
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
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
91%
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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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!
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Select programs and professors are excellent! Some professors are very knowledgeable and give great insight into your area of study. HOWEVER caution with contact with administration - anything contact with IT services, Health services, or other departments is a MISERABLE experience. Some workers have terrible customer service and act snotty back to you when you ask a question. Their website provides incorrect information all the time, with broken links all over the place. It is completely unorganized. If you can stomach the bad service - and only care about the academics this college is a great! If you can find a school that offers you the same academic experience with a better, streamlined and organized admin and website then stay away from Bentley! Bentley is a major headache when it comes to getting clear answers to tuition, registration, services, etc.
Overall I could not be happier with my choice. The opportunities are great here. If you take advantage of all the clubs, talks, and activities you will learn a lot. The food is not amazing but you can use discretionary funds. The campus is very nice. Dorms are good. If you are interested in business and are highly motivated this is the school for you! Even if you are not interested in business the skills you learn here will apply to whatever you do in the future.