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Bentley is a small private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is technically a business college, so students study a variety of areas of business, but that is only part of the educational goals of the school. The school wants to produce business savvy students who will become the entrepreneurs and innovators for the future.
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Overview of Bentley University
Students are not just taught about business, they are also taught the importance of being good stewards for society and the world. The school has students from all over the world, and many of them take what they have learned during their time at Bentley and create solutions in their own countries. Graduates have gone on to become business leaders, political commentators, and leaders of countries. The school offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate degrees. Their most popular programs are General Finance, Marketing, Management, and Accounting. The school has a population of 5,177 as of 2018 and the majority of students are enrolled as undergraduates.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
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|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||January 15|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of an education is a definite consideration when choosing the right school.
Below is the cost information for those who attend Bentley University:
- Tuition for a full-time student: $53,790
- Room and board for students who live on campus: $17,620
- Total cost of tuition and room and board: $73,985
Roughly 85% of students who attend Bentley receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-two percent of students take out student loans to cover the costs of tuition and room and board, while 78% receive Pell grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid. Once the scholarship and grant funds have applied to the cost, students on average are left with a net price of $42,759. This is the amount the student must come out of pocket to pay for school. For most students, this amount is covered through student loans.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$28,907|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||85%|
|Room & Board||$17,620|
- Tuition In-State - $53,790
- Tuition Out-of-State - $53,790
- Books and Supplies - $1,325
- Room & Board - $17,620
- Other - $1,250
Below are some important pieces of data about Bentley University which may help students decide whether or not this is the school for them.
- Retention Rate
Bentley has a retention rate of 92%. This means that out of 100 incoming freshmen, 92 of them return for their sophomore year. From a student perspective, this means that you will attend school with students you’ve known since you started at the school which makes creating lasting friendships and networking opportunities easier.
- Graduation Rate
Ninety percent of Bentley students graduate within six years. Some students finish sooner, and others need longer than six years to complete their degree. But a graduation rate of 90% is an excellent sign that students appreciate the education they receive from the school.
- Student to Faculty Ratio
11:1. There are 11 students to each instructor. This will allow for students to get assistance from their instructors if they need it, but class sizes are still big enough for active participation and discussions.
Overall, these statistics show that Bentley University is an ideal school for students who want a smaller school setting, but still appreciate the ability to get to know their fellow classmates and instructors. It’s also a great school for those who want to create networking opportunities for after graduation.
Student Population Total
Student Population 5,177
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||953 Total Graduates / 90%|
|Finance, General||243 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||146 Graduates|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other||115 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services||59 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||38 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Auditing/Information Assurance||21 Graduates|
|Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||30 Total Graduates / 3%|
|Data Analytics, General||25|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||4 Total Graduates / 0.4%|
|Mass Communication/Media Studies||4|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||4 Total Graduates / 0.4%|
|Health Services Administration||4|
|Mathematics and Statistics||4 Total Graduates / 0.4%|
|Public Administration and Social Service Professions||4 Total Graduates / 0.4%|
|Public Policy Analysis, General||4|
|All Other Diplomas||0.4%|
Outcome & Salary
Bentley University has a loan default rate of 0.8% as of the 2018-2019 school year. The fact that less than 1% of graduates default on their student loans is an indicator that graduates are earning enough to afford to pay their student loans. This is a positive note and indicates that the higher tuition pays off in high-earing jobs upon graduation. For those who are seeking a school with an intimate setting that allows for relationship cultivation and growth and the potential of attaining an above-average salary upon graduation, Bentley is certainly an option worth considering.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$72,500|
|College Grads Average Salary||$83,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$127,900|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$830,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,109,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$171,036|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$658,964|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,937,964|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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