Bentley University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Waltham, MA

$51,830

Avg tuition

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About Bentley University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Bentley University is a medium-sized private university located on an urban campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,314, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 47%. The university offers 25 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 90%, and a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Tuition and fees for students are $51,830.

Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

47% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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92% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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90% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Required

High school rank Recommended

High school GPA Recommended

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

Students who attend this school typically have higher standardized test scores than students at other schools.

While test scores can be an important aspect of college applications, schools determine admission based on several factors, and these test scores are only a suggested range.

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ACT 25th-75th Percentile 27-31

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1230-1410

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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5k

Students enrolled

2%

Online student enrollment

11:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

55%

Non-U.S. Citizen

20%

Asian

8%

Hispanic

7%

Unknown

4%

Black

4%

Two or more races

2%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

44%

Socio-economic diversity

14% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

3

Total Online Enrollment

88

Student Location Breakout

2% 98%

Percent of Programs Online

94% On-campus

6% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's X Bold Not offered

Graduate Certificate X Bold Not offered

Master's Check Bold 23% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

14%

State Grant Aid

6%

Institution Grant Aid

75%

Pell Grant

14%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $5,835
State Grant Aid $3,694
Institution Grant Aid $26,366
Pell Grant Aid $4,695

Financial Outlook

$25k

Average student debt after graduation

$67k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.