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4 College Freshman

Academics: All of the professors know what they're talking about, and they're all very helpful and knowledgable. The advising center can help all the time with any questions you have, and RA's can help with academic related questions too.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Registering for classes can be stressful, but the registrar's office can help with any class you need to get into. The workload isn't unbearable, but you'll definitely have to put some time into your homework every night. The group projects can suck depending on your group.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my classes. Didn't hate a single my first semester, which will likely change, but upperclassmen seem happy with their education/classes.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All the professors are highly qualified, I have yet to have a bad professor in my time at bentley.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Information Systems Audit and Controls is a great major that combines accounting and computer information systems.

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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
31
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: 10%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Finance, General: 6%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 5%
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.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 5 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 31% Jay Leno
  • 25% Edward J. King - former Massachusetts governor
  • 25% Mackenzy Bernadeau - NFL player
  • 12% Arthur T Demoulas
  • 6% Mike Malin - owner of the Dolce Group

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% This was my dream school.
  • 40% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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