Bentley University

Bentley University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Bentley University Ranked?

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2022 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 308 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is human computer interaction.

Overall Quality

Bentley landed the #42 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bentley held the #63 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bentley also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bentley?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Bentley University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 58%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 85% 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 580 and 660. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bentley University  ( 580 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 600 to 700 )
Bentley received ACT scores from 20% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Bentley University  ( 26 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 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 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

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bentley for first-time, full-time students is 82%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100

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Bentley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,061 undergraduates at Bentley with 4,008 being full-time and 53 being part-time.

How Much Does Bentley University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bentley is $38,986. 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 +
$25,432 $22,405 $29,604 $34,455 $47,353

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 52% of students took out student loans averaging $10,390 a year. That adds up to $41,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 2.1%. 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 27 majors graduated from Bentley University. Of these students, 1,220 received undergraduate degrees and 528 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 243 $66,795
Accounting 216 $63,275
Marketing 146 $53,883
Business Administration & Management 144 $55,840
Liberal Arts General Studies 126 $64,245
Other Business, Management & Marketing 115 $63,005
Business/Managerial Economics 40 $58,823
Business/Corporate Communications 39 $51,482
Computer Information Systems 38 $75,921
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 32 $72,320

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 2019-2020, 5,177 students took at least one online class at Bentley University. This is an increase from the 88 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 5,177 78
2018-2019 88 88
2017-2018 53 53
2016-2017 58 58
2015-2016 28 28

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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