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If you want to know more about Bentley University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bentley University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Bentley University was awarded 65 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is management sciences and quantitative methods.

Overall Quality

Bentley is ranked #63 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, Bentley is ranked at #12.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bentley?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bentley University is a competitive 44%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 66% 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 590 and 670. Math scores were between 620 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bentley University  ( 590 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 620 to 710 )
Bentley received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Bentley University  ( 27 to 31 )

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Bentley University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bentley, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bentley University is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bentley University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 92% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bentley University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  92 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bentley the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 83%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  83 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bentley University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Bentley

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,228 undergraduates at Bentley with 4,177 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

Bentley Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 87.48 out of 100, Bentley is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  87.48 out of 100
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How Much Does Bentley University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bentley is $36,919. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bentley

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,486 $22,934 $27,849 $31,248 $45,026

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bentley, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bentley, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $7,319 a year. That adds up to $29,276 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 0.9%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Bentley Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bentley with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $86,900 in their early years. That's great news for Bentley students since it is 118% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Bentley University make the most money.

Location of Bentley University

Bentley University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Waltham, Massachusetts. The city atmosphere of Waltham makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Bentley are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452-4705
Phone: 781-891-2000

Bentley University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 26 majors graduated from Bentley University. Of these students, 1,106 received undergraduate degrees and 585 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 235 $61,300
Accounting 194 $58,700
Business Administration & Management 169 $51,400
Other Business, Management & Marketing 119 $62,000
Marketing 114 $50,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 86 $57,400
Business/Managerial Economics 44 $54,100
Computer Information Systems 33 $64,900
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 24 $74,400
Business/Corporate Communications 24 $47,700

Learn more about the majors offered at Bentley University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bentley

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 53 students took at least one online class at Bentley University. This is a decrease from the 58 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 53 53
2016-2017 58 58
2015-2016 28 28
2014-2015 22 0
2013-2014 43 0

Learn more about online learning at Bentley University.

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Notes and References


*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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