Bentley School of Accounting and Finance is founded in Boston by Harry C. Bentley, a pioneering business educator and author who taught accounting at Boston University and other area schools and wanted to use his own methods in accounting education.
Bentley defeats MIT 7-0 in football, in what is believed to have been the school’s first sporting event.
The first class of 18 men graduates. All pass the CPA exam.
The combined enrollment of the day and evening divisions reaches 3,000.
Bentley officially becomes coeducational.
Bentley is incorporated as a nonprofit institution governed by a Board of Trustees.
Maurice Monroe Lindsay ’24 becomes Bentley’s second president.
Alumni Association is founded.
Thomas L. Morison ’38 becomes third president.
Bentley is authorized to grant the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and changes its name is changed to Bentley College of Accounting and Finance.
Bentley acquires 103 acres in suburban Waltham to build a new campus.
Bentley faces Merrimack College in its first varsity basketball game.
Construction of the Waltham campus begins.
The college is accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
Bentley joins the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).
New Waltham campus opens with two existing structures (Lewis Hall and the Dovecote) and 12 new buildings:
• The Library
• The Student Center (LaCava Center)
• Faculty and Administration Building (Morison Hall)
• Lindsay Hall
• Classroom Building (Jennison Hall)
• The Tree Dorms, a complex of seven buildings
Gregory H. Adamian becomes fourth president.
Bentley gains authority to grant the Bachelor of Science degree in all business disciplines, the Bachelor of Arts degree and honorary degrees and changes its name to Bentley College.
Graduate School established with Master of Science in Accountancy and Master of Science in Taxation degrees; initial graduate enrollment is 186.
Center for Business Ethics founded, among the first in the United States.
Portable computers are distributed to all incoming freshmen, marking the beginning of Bentley’s deep commitment to technology in education.
Bentley receives AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation.
College begins offering majors in English, History and Philosophy.
Joseph M. Cronin becomes fifth president.
Service-learning program is launched.
Trading Room is opened, the first of several high-tech facilities that today include the ACELAB, the Center for Marketing Technology (CMT), the User Experience Center (UXC), the Center for Languages and Collaboration (CLIC), the Computer Information Systems Sandbox, and the Media and Culture Labs Studios.
Joseph G. Morone is named sixth president.
Bentley acquires DeVincent Farm on Beaver Street; the 33 acres now serve as athletic fields.
Army Corps of Engineers land on Forest Street is acquired; it is now the site of apartment residences.
Field hockey team wins national Division II championship.
Bentley establishes the Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, a collaborative effort building on the work of the Center for Business Ethics, the Service-Learning Center, and the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences.
The college is authorized to grant PhDs in Business and in Accountancy.
Gloria Cordes Larson is named seventh president.
Bentley earns EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) international accreditation, one of only three U.S. institutions with this standing.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts changes Bentley’s status from a college to a university, and the school officially becomes Bentley University.
The Center for Women and Business is established, offering leadership initiatives for students, alumnae and corporate partners.
Bentley launches a new and highly innovative MBA program.
Women’s basketball team wins the Division II national championship.