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Location
Waltham, MA
Undergrads
4,111
Tuition
$39,628
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Our accountancy program is best in near region. Also, accounting professors are very knowledgable about their field

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are very nice, and they seem happy.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great education but only if you are interested in business of finance. If you are not interested in business or finance however there are very limited options outside of this field.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Having a degree in Finance at Bentley University makes you an attractive candidate for virtually every prospective employer.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Bentley's world-class academics will prepare you for anything life throws your way. The average class size is somewhere around 20, making each class very interactive and allowing students to develop great relationships with their professors.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 438th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 612nd
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 810th
    Smartest Professors
  • 894th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kat Webber
Hometown
Augusta, ME
Major
Management
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During the first two years at Bentley, many of the courses taken will be general education requirements, which can be a bit frustrating. You may not be eligible to take a course in your selected major until junior year or second semester sophomore year, if you are lucky. Bentley offers a variety of majors and courses, but selecting early is the key to success. Once you begin a core for one major, it is very hard to transfer to another and still graduate on time. But if you have trouble, the Registrar's Office may be able to help. Academic advisers are also great when planning out your course load, in particular if you have a double major or are planning on studying abroad.

The professors at Bentley are often real-world professionals with a lot of experience under their belts. They often go out of their way to ensure that students understand the material and are always willing to meet with students when they have a spare moment. The teaching styles of professors vary from having only a traditional midterm and final exams to writing journal entries every night to offering extra credit for watching The Apprentice, but you can expect group work as a standard in any class.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
280
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
168
Total FT Faculty
280
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$108,326
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
5%
Graduation Rate
84%
Programs/Majors Offered
33
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 31%
  • 20 to 49 students: 69%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 9%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Finance, General: 7%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 6%
Graduation Requirements
  • Business
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
  • Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study rooms
  • Library
  • Smith Center
  • Student center
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Do your homework yourself so you actually understand the material.
  • Don't be afraid to approach teachers about a poor grade that you received.
  • Don't get stuck doing all the work for a group project.
  • Get involved in clubs/organizations/Greek Life early.
  • Know how AP credits can affect your class standing.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Study abroad; you will have a great time.
  • Take an elective to balance out the heavy business course load.
  • Talk to a financial aid counselor as soon as possible.
  • Use your first two years to figure out what you want to major in.
Did You Know?
  • Bentley offers a Fifth Year Program, which puts students on the fast track to a master's degree, accomplishing both a bachelor's and a master's program in, that's right, five years.
  • Bentley offers a double major LSM program, which enables students to graduate with both a BS and a BA.
  • Each semester also includes a day off before the beginning of finals called "Reading Day" to give students a break and supposed study day.
  • Each semester on the night of the last day of classes, students will celebrate the beginning of finals with food, music, and fun during "Breakfast by Moonlight."
  • Every freshman is required to take Freshman Seminar, a half-semester course that prepares them to face real life at Bentley. It is taught by an upperclassman, as well as a staff and faculty member.

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