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Bentley University Data & Information Overview

404 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
61% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bentley University Ranked?

#32 Best Colleges in Nation
#3 Best Colleges in MA
Accounting Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 404 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bentley as #32 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. 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 #56 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 63 colleges in Massachusetts, Bentley is ranked at #3.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bentley?

61% Acceptance Rate
42% Of Accepted Are Women
27% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Bentley University has an acceptance rate of 61%, 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 27% 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 610 and 690. Math scores were between 630 and 723.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bentley University  ( 610 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Bentley University  ( 630 to 723 )
Bentley received ACT scores from 5% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Bentley University  ( 28 to 32 )

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Bentley University Faculty

12 to 1 Student to Faculty
67% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bentley, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 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

91% Freshmen Retention
85% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 91% 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  91 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 85%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  85 out of 100

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

Bentley University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,008 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
39.9% Percent Women

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?

$41,334 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
$37,524 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bentley is $41,334. 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 +
$23,297 $27,303 $31,754 $40,226 $50,161

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 46% of students took out student loans averaging $9,381 a year. That adds up to $37,524 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bentley is 0.8%. 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?

$107,974 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bentley make about $107,974 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Bentley students since it is 154% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Bentley University make the most money.

Location of Bentley University

Massachusetts State
4,008 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
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

27 Majors With Completions
1,216 Undergraduate Degrees
500 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 27 majors graduated from Bentley University. Of these students, 1,216 received undergraduate degrees and 500 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 257 $63,442
Accounting 178 $64,753
Business Administration & Management 140 $60,797
Other Business, Management & Marketing 122 $63,532
Liberal Arts General Studies 120 $62,629
Marketing 113 $53,367
General English Literature 93 NA
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 60 $71,445
Computer Information Systems 41 $70,949
Business/Managerial Economics 28 $58,138

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

Online Learning at Bentley

30% Take At Least One Class Online
3% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 1,539 students took at least one online class at Bentley University. This is a decrease from the 5,177 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,539 152
2019-2020 5,177 78
2018-2019 88 88
2017-2018 53 53
2016-2017 58 58

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.


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