Bentley University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Bentley University

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Bentley University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 43%. Located on a 163-acre campus in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley is well-known for it's undergraduate business programs. The university frequently ranks among the top 50 business schools in the country. Bentley has an 11-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 24. 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.

Considering applying to Bentley? Here are the admissions statistics you should know including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Bentley University had an acceptance rate of 43%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 43 students were admitted, making Bentley's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 9,252
Percent Admitted 43%
Percent Admitted Who Applied (Yield) 25%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Bentley University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 83% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 680
Math 640 730
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Bentley's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Bentley scored between 600 and 680, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 640 and 730, while 25% scored below 640 and 25% scored above 730. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1410 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Bentley University.

Requirements

Bentley University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Bentley participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Bentley requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 26% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 33
Math 27 32
Composite 28 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Bentley's admitted students fall within the top 11% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Bentley received a composite ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 28.

Requirements

Bentley does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Bentley superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Bentley University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Bentley University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Bentley University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Bentley University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Bentley University, which accepts fewer than half of all applicants, has selective admissions. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are above average. However, Bentley has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Bentley's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, although some had "B" averages. Admitted students tended to have combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. Higher grades and test scores can improve your chances significantly.

If You Like Bentley University, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants interested in other business-focused colleges in the Northeast might also consider Carnegie Mellon UniversityBoston University, Carleton College, and Dartmouth College.