Bentley University

Bentley University


Bentley University is a top ten business university in the nation. Focused on education and research in business and related professions, Bentley blends the breadth and technological strength of a university with the values and student focus of a small college. A Bentley education is an unparalleled fusion of business and the arts and sciences that allows students to truly customize their learning; this includes a unique liberal studies double-major program. Bentley is committed to ensuring social and cultural diversity in all aspects of campus life and stresses the benefits of hands-on learning through corporate partnerships, internships, service-learning and study abroad.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation ALANA Experience

The ALANA Experience is a four-day program for all incoming Asian American, Latino/a, African American, Native American and Multiracial students. The program gives students the opportunity to network through a series of workshops, information sessions and social events. Staff and upperclassmen help guide students in gathering the tools needed for success at Bentley University. Learn more about ALANA Experience

First-Year Experience & Transition Summer Transition Education Program (STEP)

The Summer Transition Education Program (STEP) provides college admission support for high potential students who may have faced academic, socioeconomic, and/or personal challenges beyond their control. The program's support system includes mentoring and monitoring each student's academic progress and providing academic advising, counseling, and referrals. Realizing the importance of support at home, the STEP staff collaborates with students’ families and guardians. Students also attend a six-week summer residential program, upon the completion of which they receive two Bentley course credits. Learn more about Summer Transition Education Program (STEP)

Student Life & Support The Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center serves as a home for many ALANA students at Bentley University. The center serves to further the retention and success of the ALANA students through academic mentoring, guidance, leadership development, advocacy and personal support services. There is a committed staff that helps students with personal, academic and career counseling. Additionally, the Multicultural Center serves as the campus-wide resource for promotion, exploration and celebration of the University’s diversity mission. It organizes a full calendar of events in collaboration with all cultural organizations. Learn more about The Multicultural Center

Mentoring The ALANA Student Advancement Program (ASAP)

The ALANA Student Advancement Program, which is better known as A.S.A.P., provides a support system for freshmen and sophomore students as they maneuver through their career here at Bentley. The focus of A.S.A.P. is on student development—both social and academic—to ensure success. Mentees receive first-hand knowledge on the keys to making the best of their experience from Mentors, who are juniors and seniors. Mentors gain valuable skills while also sharpening their leadership potential. Learn more about The ALANA Student Advancement Program (ASAP)

Student Diversity

  • 4,247
  • 49/51
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 61%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 8%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 12%

Student Success

  • 94%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 89%
    Six-year graduation
  • 87%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 98%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 79%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 260
    Full-time faculty
  • 34
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Marketing, Computer Sciences, Accounting, Finance

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Students’ Association, Association of Latino Professions in Finance and Accounting, Association of Chinese Students, Black United Body, International Students’ Association, La Cultura Latina, National Association of Asian American Professionals, National Black MBA Association, South Asian Student Association, Vietnamese Students Association


Cost of Attendance

  • $44,210
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,550
    Required Fees
  • $15,130
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $88,000,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,974
    Average aid package
  • $30,066
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 12%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 75%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 75%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 44%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,300
    # of applicants
  • 43%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 27
    ACT Composite
  • 600—680
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 600—680
    SAT Math
  • 600—680
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/7
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • $50
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date