Admission to Bentley University
The Office of Undergraduate Admission communicates with prospective students via email regarding applications, special events and campus updates, using the email address provided on the application. It is essential to check this email account regularly.
Once an application to Bentley has been received and processed, the applicant receives a MyBentley ID number. This provides students with access to their MyBentley account (https://applicant.bentley.edu) and the ability to monitor the Office of Admission’s receipt of credentials, as they are recorded electronically. Please understand that it may take up to 10 business days for credentials to be received, processed and recorded to each account. It is students’ responsibility to regularly check their email and MyBentley account, as the office will communicate through these means.
First Year Admission
The Admission Committee evaluates each applicant’s potential for success as demonstrated by academic performance and curriculum, standardized test scores, extracurricular involvement, recommendations and essay. First Year applicants should send the following to the Office of Undergraduate Admission:
- A completed Common Application, essay and non-refundable application fee. For students attending high school/official secondary school in the U.S., the fee is $50; for those pursuing high school/secondary school outside the U.S., the fee is $75;
- Official secondary school transcript (mark sheets and/or national exam results if applicable), including grades available at the time of application or an official GED score. International students are expected to submit documents with a signature and stamp or seal by their institution and English translations where necessary. Photocopies or facsimiles are not accepted;
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher and one from a guidance/college counselor;
- Official results of the SAT Test or the American College Test (ACT), including the writing section. Test scores must be officially reported to Bentley University from the test center or from the secondary school guidance/college counseling office. The Admission Committee will select the testing option and scores that most favorablely reflect the student’s candidacy. While SAT-II test scores are not required, the committee recommends having the scores sent if a test has been taken;
- Non-native speakers of English must also submit official results of the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the International English Language Testing System Examination (IELTS). The preferred minimum TOEFL iBT exam result is a score of 90, with a minimum score of a 20 in each subcategory. The paper-based exam result minimum score is 577, with a score of 57 in each subcategory. The preferred minimum IELTS exam result score is 7, with a score of 7 in each subcategory.
Application materials can be mailed directly to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452-4705
High School/Secondary School Preparation
Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by electing a competitive college preparatory program. Bentley recommends the following as the minimum appropriate secondary school preparation:
- Four units in English
- Four units in mathematics (preferably Algebra I and II, geometry and pre-calculus or its equivalent)
- Three units in history/social science
- Three units in laboratory science
- Three units in a foreign language, preferably with three years proficiency in one particular language
Additional Information for International Students
Admitted students who require an F-1 student visa must also show the ability to finance their first year of education, by submitting a certification of finances form signed by a bank official and by their financial sponsors (usually the parents).
Admitted international students in need of a student visa must submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit before an I-20 document can be issued. All international students are required to purchase the student health insurance plan offered through Bentley. The only exception to this policy is for students who are already enrolled in a health insurance plan through a United States–based insurance company. In such cases, students must contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 781.891.2162 to provide proof of enrollment before the student health insurance plan offered through Bentley is waived.
Note: International students must provide detailed contact information on the application form, including mailing address, international telephone number, mobile number, email address and, where available, a fax number, to help expedite application processing.
All documents should be submitted as early as possible to ensure that the Office of Admission receives all materials by the application deadline date.
Application Programs and Deadlines
Early Decision (Admission and Financial Assistance)
For more information about the application process with deadlines visit bentley.edu/undergraduate/applying.
For specific transfer application deadline dates and information, visit bentley.edu/undergraduate/applying/transfer-applicants.
Advanced Standing Credit Policies
Bentley students may accelerate their individual program with advanced standing credit, which may be earned through several means.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission reserves the right to adjust its advanced credit standing policies at any time. Official copies of exam results and certificates with supporting translations are required to determine advanced standing credits. Additional information may be required; see bentley.edu/undergraduate/applying/freshman-applicants/advanced-standing-credit.
Campus visits are among the best ways to explore the colleges you are considering. Every year, several thousand prospective families visit Bentley, for opportunities that include interviews, information sessions, tours and open houses. The Office of Undergraduate Admission is open Monday through Friday during the academic year. In the summer, the office is closed on Fridays. From January to March, visits are typically not offered while the Admission Committee is in session. Reservations are highly recommended as space for some offerings may be limited. Call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 781.891.2244 or go to bentley.edu/undergraduate/visiting to review options and arrange a visit.
An admission interview, although not required, is encouraged by the Office of Undergraduate Admission for students applying to Bentley. It is a prime opportunity for students to learn more about Bentley on an individual basis. An interview also allows admission officers to learn more about students’ interests and goals. Information shared in the interview is taken into consideration by the Admission Committee.
A walking tour with a Bentley student takes visiting students and families around campus, into academic buildings and the heart of student life. Highlights include high-tech facilities such as the world-class financial Trading Room, the Student Center and a residence hall.
Campus tours at the Athletic Center are scheduled for selected weekdays. The tours are slightly longer and last approximately an hour and a half.
Information sessions provide an overview of Bentley. Topics include academics, hands-on learning, student life and the admission process. The agenda also includes a guided tour of campus led by a current student.
Attending an open house allows for meeting many members of the campus community during a special daylong program of tours, individual exploration, presentations and discussion forums. The agenda includes talks with professors about various academic majors, chats with students about how to join a club or organization, consultation with staff members about internship possibilities and career options, and much more. Open houses are held in the fall for rising senior prospective students.
For program and scheduling details on information sessions, interviews and similar opportunities, see bentley.edu/undergraduate/visiting.