Location: Waltham, MA
Percent Women: 41%
Tuition (one year): $41,110
Most Popular Majors: Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Management
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 45.1%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Bentley University's website at www.bentley.edu/admission.
Why Choose Bentley?
“The school is absolutely beautiful. The technology is up-to-date, the library is the best I’ve seen, and the entire campus is clean, organized, and beautiful. More importantly to me, I looked around at the students walking around campus during my tour and I felt like I could fit in with them. I could see myself joining them as a member of the Bentley community.”
“I applied to Bentley because I liked the size, location, the business majors, and because when I visited campus for the first time, the whole community made such a good impression. I liked the mobile computing program, the buildings and technology, and the track coach, as well as the growing actuarial program.”
“I chose Bentley because of proximity to my house (I really wanted to stay near my family), the great business program, the focus on the liberal arts, fun campus atmosphere, small class sizes, and for financial reasons. Bentley seemed to have a really great community that I was really excited to be a part of!”
“I was drawn to Bentley’s suburban location with access to a great college city. I also enjoyed Bentley’s campus with classic brick architecture and beautiful landscaping.”
“Bentley has an amazing reputation for being a strong business school so I wanted to pursue an education where the focus was based around business. Business is a crucial party to the working world so I believe the more knowledge you have in business, the more ready you will be for the real world.”
"I love all the opportunities that Bentley provides me with. I love Service-Learning. I love that we have 107 different student organizations to get involved in. I love that I live within 2 minutes of all of my friends. I love that I get to know my professors on a personal level. In my opinion, college is what you make of it, and Bentley allows me to make it awesome.”
“The community at Bentley is by far my favorite aspect of the school. I love the fact that I can’t walk across campus without seeing at least a dozen familiar faces. More than that, even those people who I don’t know smile and say hello or open the door for me. It’s such a welcoming and friendly environment—Bentley has truly become my home away from home.”
"I personally enjoy Breakfast by Moonlight, which takes place every semester before finals. The faculty and staff serve us late-night breakfast to keep us fueled for our exams!”
"My absolute favorite thing about being a student at Bentley is that I’m constantly surrounded my individuals who have common goals and share the same interests as I do. We have a lot of school traditions, such as Spring Day. Every spring right before classes end, Bentley hosts a concert that becomes an all-day event. Some students wake up at the wee hours of the morning in anticipation of the big day. Prior to the concert there are games, moon bounces, obstacle courses, and huge barbecue for everyone to enjoy. I can’t wait to hear who will be performing at this year’s Spring Day!"
“I love all the opportunities that Bentley provides me with. I love Service-Learning. I love that we have 107 different student organizations to get involved in. I love that I live within 2 minutes of all of my friends. I love that I get to know my professors on a personal level. In my opinion, college is what you make of it, and Bentley allows me to make it awesome.”
“My favorite part of Bentley is the facilities and overall campus feel. The resources Bentley offers us are very impressive; the trading room is just one example (though you likely won't be using it unless you're a finance major). The library is top of the line and impeccably maintained. The athletic facilities and fitness center are also exceptional. Bentley is a private school and therefore can be pricey for some, but when it comes to facilities you definitely get what you pay for.”
“The reason I went to Bentley was for its Career Service’s reputation. I was impressed by how many graduates had jobs. This has lived up to my expectations, all of my friends who have sought internships have found positions for the summer and/or during the school year. I am positive about all of our job prospects after graduation.”
“I wish my school was more diverse geographically. We have a reputation as a being a New England accounting school, and while that’s how we started, we’re much more than that.”
"It’s a cliché, but it’s the one thing everyone complains about—the Bentley hill. Campus is built onto one of the tallest hills in Waltham, so it’s a trek up and down each day. On the plus side, there’s no Freshman 15!”
“Everyone has this image of the “typical Bentley kid” cemented into their heads. Every single person I know has qualities that set them apart from everyone else. I wish we made more of an effort to get to know people and understand just how unique and awesome they are.”
“I think my school could make improvements in its dining options. The food is pretty subpar, and very expensive for what it is. Also, we don’t have a wide variety of places to eat, many of them close early, and the dining options that are open the latest are not that great.”
“Sometimes it's all business all the time. It adds excess stress to classes and makes you forget that there are other things in life besides 401k's and benefit packages.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Your first year at school is always a big change but Bentley really helps to transition you into college. All freshmen live in one of the three freshmen dorms: Trees, Slade or Miller.”
"Being at school as a first year student is kind of scary, but an amazing experience nonetheless. It’s liberating and fun to be away from your family and living on your own, but I definitely missed them all of the time."
"As a first year, you get to decide where and how you spend all of this new free time, and there are so many ways to get involved and do something on campus. Plus, there are so many people in the same boat as you looking for new friends to share the next four years with!"
"Orientation was really fun- there are TONS of icebreakers, sessions on getting used to Bentley, time to get to know some new friends, an introduction to the fun, and much more! It was a great two days."
“During the first week of school, Bentley sponsors off campus excursions for first year students. All you have to do is sign up for the ones that you are interested in. My personal favorite was a trip to a nearby outlet mall!”
"I would say it is pretty easy to meet upperclassmen if you get involved in groups or organizations on campus. The more you get involved in on campus, the more you have a chance to reach out and meet all different age groups of people!"
All About Academics
"The most popular majors are the traditional business concentrations: finance, accounting, marketing, economics, and management. However, there's lots of other majors for people who wawnt to do somethign different."
“I am in the Honors Program so many of the classes I take are entirely discussion based, which helps students learn how to find their voice and formulate thoughts. One of my favorite classes was a Shakespeare Film class where we watched different movie versions of the classic plays and compared them.”
“Although we are an all business school and over 90% of students are business majors, students still major in liberal studies. I am a marketing major with a liberal studies major in Media, Arts and Society. There are all different combinations of business and liberal arts majors and students take advantage of them.”
"A lot of people study in the library-- there's a lot of space, and comfy chairs and tables. There are also group study rooms in the library, so you can meet with friends to study for an exam or work on a group project."
Learn from the Best
“The professors make an effort to get to know their students. Most professors factor attendance and class participation into your grade. They want class to be interactive and not just a one-sided lecture.”
“My favorite classes have been Astronomy, Calculus, and Sociology. Professor Anderson is one of the most liked and respected professors on campus; Professor Fishman is a really enthusiastic science prof. Professor Josephy has been my favorite professor so far in the math department. “
“International Finance has been my favorite major class so far since I learned so much and enjoyed going to class. My favorite Arts and Science elective has been Sociology of Native Americans. Not only did I learn a lot about Native American culture and its place in America, but I also learned a lot about myself and my culture through comparison and reflection.”
“My favorite classes are ones where the atmosphere is comfortable and students are able to contribute a lot to the classes."
"One unique tradition that is really great is the faculty flash mob that happens every fall. Students get so excited to see their teachers dancing to popular music!"
Interests & Involvement
“I would guess that the typical Bentley student is involved in at least two extracurricular activities on campus. As a business school, Bentley is packed with Type-A personalities. It’s very rare for a student to be satisfied by just going to class and hanging out. We always have to be doing something.”
"There are over 100 clubs on campus, so it's really easy to find something you're interested in and get involved. As a member of Her Campus, I've perfected my writing skills and have met so many new friends."
“We have an activities fair at the beginning of the fall and spring semester where EVERY club comes together to give information about their organization to students. There are also always fliers hanging around the academic buildings about a club or new event for students to try out.”
"Some of the most popular clubs on campus are CAB (Campus Activities Board), CAC (Colleges Against Cancer), and RHA (Residence Hall Association)."
“I would say sports games are pretty well-attended for such a business-focused school. I’m by no means a sports fan, but I love going to the football games. For all home games, Bentley provides some type of free food to students. Typically, it includes fried dough, popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy, hot dogs, hamburgers or fried Oreos. Not many college students pass up an opportunity to eat free artery-clogging food—so those games usually draw a pretty big turnout.”
“Sports games aren’t tremendously popular (that is…until the end-of-the-year basketball tournaments start). Bentley offers both club and intramural sports. Let me tell you…those get intense. #BallSoHard”
"Our girls Basketball team is #1 in the country for Division II! Everyone loves going out to support them, and we get tons of free stuff for going!"
“Bentley has some really great sports teams. Our hockey and women’s basketball teams have very good records. The school really encourages students to go to lots of athletic events by giving out free merchandise and other great giveaways. While atheletic events are not as popular as at big schools but people who are interested do go to games.”
“For students who are not looking to play varsity sports, Bentley offers different intramurals during the different seasons. People form their own teams and play against other teams that sign up so it’s very casual and fun, especially if you do it with friends.”
“Bentley really tries to support their female students, despite the fact that we are outnumbered on campus. We have many female organizations including the Women’s Center, 85 Broads, and, of course, Her Campus. They also recently created the Center for Women in Business to facilitate and assist female students entering the business field.”
“Bentley's ratio is about 60% male and 40% female. Although we joke about the ratio, I never feel outnumbered by the male population. Some classes have more girls than boys and vice versa. Even at a competitive business school I never feel like there are more opportunities for men than women. We are treated very equally.”
“There’s a Women’s Center on campus that is staffed by members of the organization—it’s a great place to eat lunch, find a book to read, or just hang out with friends. We also have a Gender Studies minor.”
“Being a woman on campus is fun! Bentley has an unbalanced proportion of males to females, males being in domination, so it is fun to meet the girls that are on campus and find similarities in us all.”
“There are definitely more men on campus than there are women, and I have been in many classes where this is evident, especially in some major classes. However, it encourages me to push myself further and have a voice.”
Food & Drink
“We have one main dining hall where our meal plan works and then another where you can buy a la carte items and pay with discretionary (money Bentley puts on your meal plan to use at campus food places). Aside from the two dining halls, we have lots of other food options on campus: late night subs and pizza, Chinese, Currito, gourmet grilled cheese and more.”
“Bentley has one main dining hall called Seasons. They offer any type of food you can imagine! We also have a dining hall called LaCava where you can get sushi, make amazing deli sandwiches, or pizza that can literally melt in your mouth! One other place people often get food from is Einsteins. They offer amazing coffee and breakfast sandwiches, as well as regular sandwiches if you would like. I think everyone starts to get tired of the dining hall food at their school once they have been there for a year, but I can honestly say I have NEVER gotten tired of LaCava.”
“LaCava is my favorite place to eat on campus because of the excellent salads and grilled chicken sandwiches with pesto mayo. Plus, its location is great for a quick bite to eat between classes.”
“Food is probably the worst part about Bentley, but I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone makes it out to be. When we all come in as freshmen, we bond over how hard our accounting class is, how many stairs there are, and how bad the food is. It’s an experience.”
“I don’t typically go out on the weekends and I have a lot of fun catching up with friends that you don’t get a chance to see during the hustle and bustle of the school week. There are so many events on campus during the weekends that you could easily not drink and still be involved in the school and have fun!”
“Weekends are very flexible and open to what you want to make them. We do have Greek life on campus and a lot of the parties are thrown by fraternities. Also, Bentley provides alternative weekend activities, like movie nights, canvas painting, and sports tournaments, which can actually be pretty fun. It’s basically about finding what works for you and what you enjoy.”
“The party scene at Bentley is fun and vibrant on most weekends. Many people do not take Friday classes after sophomore year since most people who are 21 or older like to go to the Skellig in Waltham on Thursday nights. As freshmen, frat parties are very popular on Fridays and Saturdays. Also the sports teams tend to have parties as well and people on the team usually bring friends/roommates who are not members of the team to the party. The best nightlife options (for 21+) are in Boston, which is only a 30 minute ride on the Bentley shuttle that runs until 3am. People tend to stick with their friends, but are up for meeting new people who are friends with someone in the group. People don’t really go to parties on Sunday to Wednesday, but there is often something fun on Thursday to Saturday. Alcohol is very prevalent, but people are very friendly to their friends who chose not to drink. People who don’t drink will sometimes go to the parties, but they also will go into Boston for movies or dinner with friends. The only difficulty about getting around at night is that MBTA stops running at 1am, but getting around Bentley’s campus is very easy and safe.”
“Bentley offers students unlimited weekend opportunities, ranging from a night bar hopping along the Charles River to an in house high stakes Rummy 500 game with poor quality Netflix films playing as a background soundtrack. With shuttle service to Harvard square, you can live it up with the Ivy Leaguers or even pretend to be Elle Woods for the day."
“Our students really do stay on campus all four years. After freshman year you move out of the dorm-style living (double room with a shared bathroom for the floor) to suites and apartments.”
“Freshman year you have the option of selecting your roommate or going random! The majority of the freshmen live in one of three dorms: Trees, Slade, and Miller. Although freshman dorms are not cream of the crop I absolutely loved living in mine. Living in these quarters really gave me an opportunity to not only meet all the girls on my floor but the majority of the girls in my entire building. There were always floor bonding events and activities that allowed me to branch out and meet new people.”
“The dorms are pretty safe. We have a great Residential Staff that takes care of our living environment and ensures our safety. Bentley allows its students to take responsibility when bringing guests on campus and I think that exemplifies the mature demeanor our students have.”
“The dorms are much bigger than the dorms at other schools, and really become your home. My only suggestion would be to bring additional storage containers!”
“The dorms at Bentley are world class, especially when compared to other universities. They are just as good as some of the apartments around Boston. The campus is extremely safe, and the freshman dorms are extremely spacious and comfortable.”
"For those of us who might be more culturally adjusted or ready for the real world, off campus housing in the Boston area is an excellent choice. But, for people like me who are fending off reality for as long as possible while enjoying the company of awesome roommates within the confines of a building filled with 20 somethings, on campus housing just seconds from Dunkin is ideal. Don't sweat freshman year housing; you still have three more times to get that living situation just right!"
Exploring Waltham and Boston
“Many upperclassmen do internships off campus during the semester. I personally intern in downtown Boston on Fridays. Bentley’s registration process makes it easy to have a day off during the week, and the Harvard Square shuttle makes it super convenient to travel into the city.”
“Waltham is a small city about 20 minutes outside of Boston. Bentley is set back a little from the main road which makes it a little hard to walk to places, though it’s very possible. There are plenty of fast food, restaurants and bars in town that people can drive to. One of the favorite breakfast places student frequent on the weekends is In a Pickle which is super cheap and very good.”
“There’s always something to do. I love taking the Bentley shuttle into Harvard Square to hang out. Concerts, restaurants and Boston sports all await you.”
"Once the juniors and seniors turn 21 they either go to the Skellig, one of the closest bars, other bars in the area, or drink casually with friends. If people don’t want to drink there are plenty of other options, especially since we are relatively close to Boston."
HC's Complete College Guide: Bentley University
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