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Bentley University Overview

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is a private not-for-profit institution. 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?

1,220 Undergraduate Awards
$54,100 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Bentley is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Bentley.
  • In 2017-2018, 67% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Bentley bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $86,900 a year. That's about 113% more than their peers at other schools.
  • 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 #23 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Out of the 72 colleges in Massachusetts, it is ranked at #4.

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
#17 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Doctor’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 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 General Sales & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Liberal Arts & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Computer & Information Sciences 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 Human Computer Interaction Schools College Factual
#1 Best Data Analytics Schools College Factual
#2 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Schools College Factual
#9 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Schools College Factual
#25 Best Schools Grad Degree
#46 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is 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?

58% Acceptance Rate
41% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Bentley is 58%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 59% of accepted students are men and 41% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 55%, and the acceptance rate for women is 62%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% 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 580 and 660. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bentley University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 600 to 700 )
Bentley received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 32. Math scores were between 26 and 30. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Bentley University  ( 25 to 32 )
ACT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 26 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for Bentley University  ( 26 to 31 )

Can I Afford Bentley University?

$54,100 Net Price
52% Take Out Loans
2.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bentley is $54,100. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bentley, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $10,390 a year. That adds up to $41,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 2.1%. 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

4,008 Full-Time Undergraduates
40% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,061 undergraduate students at Bentley, with 4,008 being full-time and 53 being part-time.


There are also 1,116 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,008 full-time undergraduates at Bentley, 60% are male and 40% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 367
Black or African American 160
Hispanic or Latino 346
White 2,319
International Students 579
Other Races/Ethnicities 237

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

78 Took All Classes Online
5,177 Took At Least One Class Online
38.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 5,177 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 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Bentley

The following table shows how Bentley is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Human Computer Interaction #4 #4
Taxation #21 #21

Online Growth Rankings of Bentley

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bentley University was 38.3%. This is the #782 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bentley regardless of major.

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
Finance & Financial Management 243 0 49 0 292
Accounting 216 0 70 2 288
Business Administration & Management 144 1 134 4 283
Marketing 146 0 33 0 179
Liberal Arts General Studies 126 0 0 0 126
Data Analytics 25 2 94 0 121
Other Business, Management & Marketing 115 0 0 0 115
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 32 0 26 0 58
Computer Information Systems 38 0 20 0 58
Human Computer Interaction 0 0 43 0 43
Business/Managerial Economics 40 0 0 0 40
Business/Corporate Communications 39 0 0 0 39
Taxation 0 2 26 0 28
Applied Mathematics 0 0 27 0 27
Information Technology 21 0 0 0 21
General Sales & Marketing 10 0 0 0 10
Communication & Media Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Public Health 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 0 4
International Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Public Policy 4 0 0 0 4
General English Literature 2 0 0 0 2
Romance Languages 1 0 0 0 1
History 1 0 0 0 1
Sustainability Science 1 0 0 0 1
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,220 5 522 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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