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Bentley University Overview

Bentley University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. The city atmosphere of Waltham makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Bentley University Known For?

1,106 Undergraduate Awards
$52,484 Avg Cost After Aid
44% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Bentley is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Bentley is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 66% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Bentley makes roughly $86,900 a year. This is 113% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Bentley student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Bentley University Rankings

Bentley is ranked #27 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #5.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Bentley has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bentley.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Human Computer Interaction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Sustainability Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best International Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bentley has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Other Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Accounting College Factual
#1 Best Colleges for Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#20 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Bentley University?

Location of Bentley University

Contact details for Bentley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452-4705
Phone: 781-891-2000

How Do I Get Into Bentley?

You can apply to Bentley online at:

Admission Requirements for Bentley

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bentley?

44% Acceptance Rate
41% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Bentley. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 44%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 59% of accepted students are men and 41% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 48%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to Bentley submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 590 and 670. Math scores were between 620 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bentley University  ( 590 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 620 to 710 )
Bentley received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 26 and 32. Math scores were between 27 and 31. Composite scores were between 27 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Bentley University  ( 26 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 27 to 31 )
ACT Composite Scores for Bentley University  ( 27 to 31 )

Can I Afford Bentley University?

$52,484 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
0.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bentley is $52,484. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bentley, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,319 a year. That adds up to $29,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 0.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bentley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,177 Full-Time Undergraduates
41% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,228 undergraduate students at Bentley, with 4,177 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bentley

There are also 1,086 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,177 full-time undergraduates at Bentley, 59% are male and 41% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bentley

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bentley University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bentley Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 367
Black or African American 144
Hispanic or Latino 309
White 2,395
International Students 688
Other Races/Ethnicities 274

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Bentley University. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 95 countries are represented at Bentley. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Venezuela.

Online Learning at Bentley University

53 Took All Classes Online
53 Took At Least One Class Online
699.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 53 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bentley has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 34th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Bentley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bentley University was 699.6%. This is the #120 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bentley regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Bentley majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bentley ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bentley.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Taxation #1
Human Computer Interaction #1
Finance & Financial Management #2
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #4
Business Administration & Management #32
Business, Management & Marketing #40

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bentley University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Accounting 194 27 113 0 334
Business Administration & Management 169 2 105 6 282
Finance & Financial Management 235 8 31 0 274
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 24 12 163 0 199
Other Business, Management & Marketing 119 0 0 0 119
Marketing 114 0 0 0 114
Liberal Arts General Studies 86 0 0 0 86
Computer Information Systems 33 0 45 0 78
Taxation 0 13 49 0 62
Business/Managerial Economics 44 0 0 0 44
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 43 0 43
Applied Mathematics 0 0 30 0 30
Business/Corporate Communications 24 0 0 0 24
Information Technology 23 0 0 0 23
Mathematics 11 0 0 0 11
General Sales & Marketing 10 0 0 0 10
International Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Communication & Media Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Public Policy 4 0 0 0 4
General English Literature 1 0 0 0 1
Sustainability Science 1 0 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Public Health 0 0 0 0 0
History 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,106 62 579 6 1,753


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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