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Want the scoop on Bentley University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Bentley offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Bentley University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bentley University was awarded 78 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is marketing.

Overall Quality

Bentley is ranked #59 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bentley held the #67 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 70 colleges in Massachusetts, Bentley is ranked at #13.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bentley?

Acceptance Rate

Bentley University has an acceptance rate of 44%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Bentley.

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

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Bentley it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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

Bentley University has a freshmen retention rate of 92%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for 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 83%, which is better than 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.

Good Overall Diversity at Bentley

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,272 undergraduates at Bentley with 4,171 being full-time and 101 being part-time.

Bentley Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Bentley is 78.60 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  78.60 out of 100
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How Much Does Bentley University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bentley is $35,671. 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 +
$19,157 $24,101 $26,484 $30,968 $43,473

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bentley, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $7,556 a year. That adds up to $30,224 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 1.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bentley make about $86,900 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Bentley graduates since it is 113% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Bentley University make the most money.

Location of Bentley University

Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Bentley University

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 20 majors graduated from Bentley University. Of these students, 1,232 received undergraduate degrees and 603 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
Accounting 241 $58,700
Finance & Financial Management 211 $61,300
Business Administration & Management 152 $51,400
Other Business, Management & Marketing 148 $62,000
Marketing 133 $50,300
Liberal Arts General Studies 127 $57,400
Business/Managerial Economics 42 $54,100
Business/Corporate Communications 40 $47,700
Computer Information Systems 40 $64,900
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 36 $74,400

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

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