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On Site: Bentley University

At a Glance

Waltham, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Students: 4,200

Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1

Acceptance Rate: 61%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Freshman Retention Rate: 92%

Notable Majors: Corporate Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Management

The Feel

  • Bentley’s residential campus sits up on a hill in the Boston suburb of Waltham. The buildings are of a solid, modest architecture in red brick but with a fairly modern feel, especially indoors.

  • The majority of students at Bentley are from New England; 85% of students live on campus all 4 years.

  • Residential floors are co-ed.

  • An ‘investment student group’ exists to give students investment experience by helping to run Bentley’s own portfolio.

  • The average class size is in the low 20s and classes are capped at 35 students. Professors have open doors most of the time and they give out their phone numbers. Classes are taught by professors, never TA’s.

Standout Points

  • Bentley is renowned for their Center for Business Ethics, so much so that Harvard modeled theirs after Bentley’s.

  • Students don’t declare their major until sophomore year, before which they are encouraged to explore various areas of business study, the arts and sciences.

  • Degrees are customizable based on student interests and goals. Examples: Public Policy + Marketing, or Environmentalism + Entrepreneurship.

  • Six Learning Labs, eight Centers and numerous Experiential Communities allow for students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios.

  • More than 60% of students study abroad during their time at Bentley.

  • Graduates from Bentley have a median starting salary of $64K/year.

  • They have one of the largest collegiate trading rooms in country. All students can use it and get their Bloomberg Certification!

Fun Fact

  • Bentley University is ranked #2 in Undergraduate Career Services from the Princeton Review! All first and second year students take multiple Career Design courses under the guidance of Career Services. Students have access to career coaches throughout their college journey to guide and shape their post-college direction.

Bottom Line Fit: For the student wanting a devoted business school environment built on a strong foundation of business ethics, hands-on trading experience and career guidance from a top-of-the-line career services office.

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