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Bentley University is a private, not-for-profit, business school located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1917 and is recognized as one of the top business universities in the United States. The institution believes in changing the world with a transformative business education, integrated with arts and sciences. Their goal is to inspire and prepare ethical leaders who will confront the challenges of today and shape the opportunities of tomorrow.

Overview of Bentley University

By blending business, technology, arts, and sciences, students will graduate with the critical thinking and practical skills necessary to pursue rewarding careers. As a transformative living-learning community, Bentley University strives to create and prepare ethical students who can use business to make a positive and lasting difference in the world.

The university reports a student population of 5,460, including those enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Bachelors, masters, and PhD-seekers can choose from a wide variety of accredited programs. Bentley University is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the European Foundation for Management Development, and the Association of New England Schools and Colleges.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 89%
Year Founded 1917

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,460


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,552
Female 1,701

Graduate Student

Male 724
Female 483

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Male 5,848
Female 3,404


Male 2,339
Female 1,668

Acceptance Rate43%

Male 40%
Female 49%

Enrollment 995

Male 269
Female 239
Application Fee $75
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 7
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The estimated expenses for full-time, beginning undergraduate students at Bentley University were $49,880 for a recent academic year. As a private institution, in-state and out-of-state students are responsible for the same tuition and fees. Additionally, students spent about $1,290 on related books and supplies. Those living on campus also paid a yearly fee of $16,320 for room and board. The average graduate student tuition and fees for the same year was $37,500.

Most Bentley University students receive some form of financial aid. A total of 77% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students received grants, scholarships, federal work study, or loans. Of those, 70% received scholarships or grants (funds that do not have to be repaid), and 50% took out loans (funds that must be repaid over time). The average amount of scholarship and grant aid received was $27,879, while the average amount of loan aid approved was $7,319.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $38,270
Average Total Aid $27,879
Students Receiving Financial Aid 77%
Room & Board $16,320

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $49,880
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $49,880
  • Books and Supplies - $1,290
  • Room & Board - $16,320
  • Other - $1,220


Bentley University has been a national leader in business education for over 100 years. With 17 degree-granting departments, students can choose from 25 undergraduate majors in business or the arts and sciences. There are also several graduate, PhD, and Executive Education programs available. With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, those enrolled receive the assistance needed to be successful in any business career.

The institution also has a 93% retention rate for full-time, first-time students pursing bachelor’s degrees. The national average is 68%, which means the majority of Bentley University students are happy with their academic experience.

Bentley University’s graduation rate is also above average, with 89% of enrolled students graduating within a normal time – usually four to six years. The school also has a 4% transfer-out rate.

Student Population Total

Student Population 9,252

Evening Classes : Yes
Distance Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 904 Total Graduates / 92%
Business Administration and Management 140 Graduates
Finance & Accounting, General 349 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management 114 Graduates
All Engineering Majors -
Aerospace -
Chemical -
Mechanical -
All Social Science Majors -
Economics, General -
Political Science and Government -
Sociology -
Anthropology -
All Biological & Biomedical Majors -
Exercise Physiology -
Biology/Biological Sciences -
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology -
All Computer Information Science Majors 56 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 8%

Outcome & Salary

Most undergraduate students at Bentley University continue past their freshman year and go on to complete degrees within a four to six year period.

According to the 2018 Undergraduate Career Profile provided by Bentley University, 99% were employed or planning to attend graduate school. This includes 88% employed graduates and 10% pursuing further education. Only 1% of those who participated in the survey were still seeking employment. The average graduate salary was $57,800.

Some of the featured positions accepted by the class of 2018 include

  • Amazon Operational Finance Rotation Program Analyst
  • Bank of America Financial Management Analyst
  • Bose Corporation Financial Analyst
  • Citizens Bank Capital Markets Analyst
  • Dell Business Operations Analyst
  • LEWIS Global Communications Marketing Associate
Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $66,600
College Grads Average Salary $76,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $116,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $760,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,926,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $153,080
10 Year Projected ROI $606,920
20 Year Projected ROI $1,772,920
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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