Bentley University in Waltham

Waltham, MA

(Rating 3.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Bentley University offers 174-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 46%. The most popular test is SAT - 83% of students submitted it in comparison to 33% of students who submitted ACT. 57.1% are women, and 42.9% are men. 20% percents of international students. Bentley University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Bentley University is 31616$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $49061 and $58860 per year. 88% of full-time Bentley University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $76,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Bentley University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Bentley University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$18,420
$30,001 - $48,000$19,634
$48,001 - $75,000$20,006
$75,001 - $110,000$27,998

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8800

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2693 of Bentley University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 63 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Bentley University number 11 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Massachusetts.

Students at Bentley University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Bentley University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Bentley University graduation rate is above the national average.

88% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Bentley University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

9 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Bentley University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 63%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 17%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $30k - $40k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 64%, so Bentley University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 18%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Bentley University full-time retention rate is 95% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Bentley University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1690 - 1980

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 540 - 640
Math: 600 - 690
Writing: 550 - 650

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Bentley University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
26 - 30

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 0 - 0
Math: 0 - 0
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Bentley University is 12:1, that means that for every 12 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Bentley University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Bentley University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Bentley University

The campus located by 175 Forest St address in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Bentley University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Bentley University with 0.59% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Bentley University are burglary, aggravated assault, and arson.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Bentley University offers 174 programs in total: 75 are for Bachelor's degree, 51 - for Master's degree, 21 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for Post-master's certificate, 6 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Associate's degree.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 43 universities in Middlesex county. Bentley University is one of the few institutions in Middlesex that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance education programs that are offered in the Bentley University: 3 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Massachusetts state average data to help you compare.


Bentley University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 4129 students with 123878 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 933 with 22386 credit hours.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Bentley University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Love the ambiance of this college, small town feel, worldly mix of cultures and yet still close enough to the city to enjoy and benefit from it.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I don't find the students our teachers "snobby", like some reviews suggest. The professors definitely expect hard work and effort, and are pretty demanding. But they also will go out of their way to help you learn, including outside of normal office hours. They truly care that you learn, and don't just churn out degrees like most colleges now. The business graduate school rivals Harvard in quality, but also teaches a technology focus like MIT. You can't beat the grad school here, especially the taxation program.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Nice campus with great instructors. Sometimes students can be a little bit up on their high horse or unwelcoming, but that's not really the university's fault that I can see.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Not an accepting school and the students are self centered and wholistic bad people. I spent one month and I had to withdraw because I was becoming depressed at how much I hated everything that I was doing. I would give lower than one star if possible and recommend that at all costs avoid this school and go anywhere else.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Fun experience on campus with well deigned buildings and very big library, but the cafeteria has the same food every day.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 175 Forest St


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8005232354

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address:

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