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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are many ways to participate with the teams

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Great intramural sports clubs! Everyone plays and joins in. Varsity sports are rarely attended and school spirit is very subpar. Women's basketball however is awesome and everyone loves that. Go Lady Falcons!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If you like sports its great. Lots of them to do and a lot of people are in love with their sport and it certainly comes first.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: With the exception of Bentley's DI Hockey program, all athletic teams are NCAA Division II. The typical Bentley student is interested in following its athletic teams (being a small school, most students likely knows many students on varsity sports teams) but is clearly more academic-focused. Regardless, we have state of the art athletic facilities and a student body that "upholds the Bentley Falcon Spirit".

3 College Junior

Athletics: We don't have much school spirit. The football games are never packed except for homecoming and parent's weekend. Our gym is great, but the school's gender ratio is super apparent there, with all the guys downstairs with the weights and the girls upstairs at the treadmills.

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  • 431st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1140th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kat Webber
Augusta, ME
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Bentley school spirit is lacking overall which is unfortunate given the success of many of our teams throughout the year. Students are enticed by the head of athletics to go to games and by the promotion of free items such as T-shirts and towels. However, the stadium and courts aren't usually packed with wildly cheering fans unless the team is in the playoffs. Some students just use the games as an opportunity to pre-game for parties later.

There is a harsh stereotype that exists at Bentley regarding student athletes: if a student is good in their sport, it means they would have never gotten into Bentley for their grades. Varsity athletes are rarely taken seriously by the rest of the population but are given significant leeway academically if a game or practice interrupts or overlaps into a class period. The biggest up-and-coming sport on campus is hockey, which plays in Division I. Men's and women's rugby is on the rise in success and popularity on campus. Other clubs such as ultimate Frisbee, wiffleball, and touch football are also student favorites. However, sports like volleyball, tennis, and soccer are often overlooked and underappreciated. Bentley simply is not a school you go to hoping to be drafted into any sort of professional sport. Rather, it mostly has excellent high school athletes looking to continue their passion and stay in shape during their college years.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northeast 10 Conference
Basketball: Northeast 10 Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
336 - 14%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
184 - 11%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 45
Basketball: 20
Baseball: 9
Cross Country/Track: 13
Other Sports: 101
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 63%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheering
  • Dance team
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Dodgeball (coed)
  • Flag football
  • Soccer (men's and coed)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (coed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Charles A. Dana Athletic Center
  • John A. Ryan Skating Arena
  • Outdoor tennis courts, baseball and soccer fields, track
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball are both successful enterprises and continue to improve year and after year.
Football is also prized by many students, although it's not nearly as competitive in the league.
Most Overlooked Teams
Both the men's and women's rugby teams have been dominating their opponents in club play for the past few years; it won't be long before they are officially recognized as a varsity sport and are considered formidable players in their division.
School Spirit
Despite being home of the Division II National Field Hockey Champions and having division stars in the women's basketball and football teams, Bentley students are not oozing blue and gold. Because of the size, when students do watch a sporting event, they will most likely know at least one person on the team, and that is the main reason why they are there. The bookstore has started to carry more fashionable clothing bearing the Bentley name, which has caused students to integrate them into their wardrobe. Most students are proud to be Falcons displaying the Bentley gear but are not overjoyed enough to consistently display it.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are not required for Bentley students to attend University sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the Charles River Parkway that runs under Moody Street.
Did You Know?
  • Bentley competes in Division I hockey, and the rink is located off campus in Watertown.
  • The football field was used for filming in the Dwayne Johnson movie "The Game Plan."

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 78% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 22% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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