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Bentley University

Waltham, MA

Bentley University (formerly Bentley College), founded in 1917, is a private college of business and liberal arts. Its 163-acre campus is located in Waltham, nine miles from Boston.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students4,203
   Women1,704 (40.5%)
   Men2,499 (59.5%)
Graduate Students1,349


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate42% of 8,346 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedYes
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 7
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math640 average
600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading590 average
540-640 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing600 average
550-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$63,290
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met94%
Average Freshman Award$33,953
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 2% of classes
10-19 students: 24% of classes
20-29 students: 36% of classes
30-39 students: 38% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes


Waltham Population62,227
Nearest Metropolitan AreaBoston
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 79% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division II
Sororities11% of women participate
Fraternities 11% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.5% Asian
3.6% Black/African-American
8.4% Hispanic/Latino
2.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.4% White
3.8% Unknown
International Students14.2% from 76 countries
First-Year Students Returning95.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.55 3.90 599 624 28
Low 2.37 3.09 200 400 15
High 4.00 5.00 760 740 34
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• In 1968, Bentley College moved from downtown Boston to its current location in Waltham, MA.

• Bentley's Senior Week, honoring the new grads every May, usually includes a trip to the Bahamas and a formal Senior Ball in Boston.

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