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Bentley College

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1917
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 4,241
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $208,802,000
Admissions Address

175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02452-4705



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Send application by: January 15
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Erika E. Vardaro
Admissions office telephone: (781) 891-2244
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 15
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Send application by: November 15
Decision sent by: January 15
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
http://www.applyweb.com/aw?bentley Tuition deposit: $500 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A N/A
History N/A 3
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 19

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: February 15
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Important
Work experience: Important
Level of applicant's interest: Considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 39%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 62%
Early-action acceptance rate: 52%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 32%
Total applicants: 6,156
Total acceptances: 2,402
Total freshman enrollment: 888
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 54%
Male applicants: 3,716
Male acceptances: 1,378
Male freshman enrollment: 522
Female applicants: 2,440
Female acceptances: 1,024
Female freshman enrollment: 366
Out-of-state freshmen: 60%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 895
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 427
Students enrolled from waiting list: 4

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 40%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 76%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 99%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 53%
Average high school GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 98%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 530 – 620
Math: 590 – 680
Combined: 1120 – 1300

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 2.8% 15.6%
600-699 35.4% 57.5%
500-599 50.9% 24.3%
400-499 10.1% 2.4%
300-399 0.9% 0.1%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 22%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 23 – 27

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 5.2% N/A N/A
24-29 68.6% N/A N/A
18-23 24.7% N/A N/A
12-17 1.5% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A

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