Bentley University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Morison Hall at Bentley University
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Bentley requires test scores as part of its admissions process. Students can submit either SAT or ACT scores, and neither is preferred over the other. Bentley is a selective school, and only admits 42 percent of applicants each year.

To apply, students must fill out a Common Application, complete with the writing/personal statement section. In addition, students must submit test scores, an application fee, and high school transcripts. Bentley's admissions are holistic, meaning that they look at more than just grades and test scores. Students who participate in extracurricular activities and have work or volunteer experience are encouraged to list their activities and experience on their applications, to help set them apart.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Bentley University Description

Located on a 163-acre campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is not a typical New England college. The great majority of Bentley students major in some area of business, but the school is nevertheless a comprehensive university where the liberal arts and sciences play a central role in the curriculum. Ethics, social responsibility, and global culture are all important components of a Bentley business education.

Bentley has a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 24. The university frequently ranks among the top 50 business schools in the country. On the athletic front, the Bentley University Falcons compete in the NCAA Division II, within the Northeast-10 Conference. Popular sports include track and field, football, basketball, and soccer.

Bentley University Mission Statement

"To educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders by creating and disseminating impactful knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences."

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,506 (4,222 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 59% Male / 41% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,760
  • Books: $1,260 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,130
  • Other Expenses: $1,200
  • Total Cost: $61,005

Bentley University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 76%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 49%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,343
    • Loans: $8,540

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, Computer Science, Mathematics, Global Studies, Business/Corporate Communications
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Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 3%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 89%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, and Diving Track, and Field, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Basketball, Track and Field, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country

Bentley and the Common Application

Bentley University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you:

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics