Bentley University

Bentley University

Bentley University is a private, co-educational university located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1917 as the "Bentley School of Accounting and Finance" by Harry C. Bentley. Bentley now stretches across more than 160 acres of land. The university grants admission to more than 4,000 students every year.

The departments at Bentley College include the following:

  • Accountancy
  • Computer Information Systems
  • English
  • Finance
  • Information Design and Corporate Communication
  • Law, Taxation and Financial Planning
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Sociology

The sports teams at Bentley University are nicknamed the Falcons. The teams participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, hockey, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis and volleyball.

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Bentley University
175 Forest St
Waltham , MA 02452-4705
General Phone: (781) 891-2000

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Bentley Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,542business, business management, operations management, business administration, accounting, accounting and related services, business communications, managerial economics, finance, ...
Computer Science and Engineering74computer and info science
Liberal Arts14English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, history, history courses
Family and Social Work4public policy analysis
Law0legal assistant
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Bentley in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,06518
Postbaccalaureate certificate349
Master's degree52118
Associate's degree41
Post-master's certificate224

Bentley Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bentley had a total enrollment of 5,636 students (4,625 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 60%
Women 40%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 7%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 30%
20-21 34%
22-24 12%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Bentley Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %
Part-Time 100 %

Bentley Room and Board (2007)

Bentley offers campus housing for 3,390 of its 4,625 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Waltham, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bentley Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550630
SAT Math610680
SAT Writing550650
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bentley Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,488
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,488
Room and board $ 11,320
Room charge $ 6,770
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,550
Books and supplies $ 1,030
Other expenses $ 1,120

Financial Aid:
Bentley participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 212400)

Bentley Faculty

Bentley has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2621
Non-tenured and not on tenure track5335

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year59$131,89120$136,489
Associate professoracademic year43$101,09136$102,503
Assistant professoracademic year27$97,14124$85,170
Lectureracademic year46$68,53330$64,980
All faculty totalacademic year175$102,307110$94,667

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bentley Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northeast 10 Conference
Basketball Northeast 10 Conference
Baseball Northeast 10 Conference
Track Northeast 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5348101

Bentley Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business Statistics
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Finance
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
History, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Mathematics, General

Religion And Philosophy

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What Sets Bentley Apart:

% of degrees in business and management
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Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 7%Bentley Dorm rooms per full-time student
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 10%Bentley Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
Student SAT scores
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Top 10%Bentley Student SAT scores
Male % of student body
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Top 13%Bentley Male % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 13%Bentley Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 14%Bentley Number of students
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
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Top 18%Bentley % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 20%Bentley Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

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