For my Bachelor’s degree in business communication, I attended Bentley University in Waltham, MA. This school is a small, private business university with a strong focus on IT. Located near Boston, the campus is beautiful and quiet, but close to busier city life. I enjoyed both the academic and social atmospheres of this reputable school.
Facts About Bentley
Founded in 1917, Bentley University is accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and NEASC. It’s a four-year institution offering BA, BS, MBA, and MS degrees, and selected PhDs. Annual tuition costs around $34,000, while room and board are estimated just under $12,000.
Getting Into Bentley
Bentley typically accepts around 40% of all applicants to the undergraduate program. Of these, 33% enroll, on average. To apply, students must take the SAT or ACT with writing and submit test scores. Interviews are also recommended. Bentley places the most emphasis on students’ secondary school records, test scores, and high school GPA. Other factors considered important include extracurricular activities, volunteer work, personal character and abilities, the application essay, recommendations, and work experience.
Roughly 80% of the students at Bentley ranked in the top 25% of their high school class. The average SAT scores for entering freshmen at Bentley hovers just over 1200; ACT scores average 26.
Students at Bentley
There are roughly 4300 students currently enrolled in the undergraduate program, with a whopping 92% of that number enrolled full-time. The vast majority of these students live on campus, although a small population of commuting students does exist.
Of the students at Bentley, 91% enrolled as freshmen. Approximately 40% of the student population is female. About 10% of students hail from international homes.
Academics & Lifestyle
At Bentley, there is a huge focus on internships, work study opportunities, and using hands-on exercises to reinforce classroom concepts. Team projects are a large part of many business courses, which help students learn the value of teamwork, leadership, and compromise–key areas that translate well into today’s business world. While there are other majors offered in liberal arts areas, the vast majority of students focus on majors in different aspects of business or IT. Originally founded as an accounting institution, Bentley still maintains a remarkable reputation for turning out successful CPAs.
Among the extracurricular activities at Bentley, students are offered music and theater, a school newspaper, organized school-wide social events, concerts and comedians live on campus, and even study abroad programs. A new collaboration with City Year provides Bentley students with volunteer opportunities integrated with their coursework.
Overall, Bentley is a great school with a strong focus on professionalism and ethics in business, while integrating the latest technology into every possible area. Students at Bentley are driven and competitive, but also know how to relax and enjoy campus life. It’s an excellent mix of both worlds.
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