Bentley University has forged strong partnerships with the City of Waltham, other communities and nonprofit organizations. Programs and outreach benefit local residents, service programs such as City Year, and members of the Bentley community:
Bentley University and City Year joined forces in 2008 to launch the “give a year” program, a first of its kind partnership encouraging students to give a year of full-time service through City Year and receive scholarship support to Bentley and subsequent internship opportunities. The program is offered through the Bentley Service-Learning Center. The Bentley University/City Year model is now followed by 29 colleges and universities across the nation.
By volunteering for community service students fine-tune their skills in a real-world setting, while organizations gain valuable — and free — assistance on projects such as teaching and information technology systems.
Arts and Lectures
The Bentley calendar is packed with events and activities, most of which are free and open to the public. Offerings include the Bowles Performing Arts Series, concerts by the Bentley Gospel Choir, exhibits in the university art gallery, stage productions by the student drama group, and lectures on bioethics, privacy in the workplace, and other emerging issues in business.
In 2006, Bentley first partnered with Ghana's Mmofra Trom Center, a school for disadvantaged and orphaned children, to help the center achieve financial sustainability. Among the Ghana Project's initiatives is the bead project, through which Bentley students sell beaded bracelets made by the children in the United States. Since then, Bentley's partnership has expanded to 15 other NGOs in the area.
Students who graduate from Waltham High School are eligible for Bentley scholarship funds set aside for city residents. These include full-tuition scholarships and two $10,000 scholarships awarded annually. In addition, Waltham children and teenagers who take part in Bentley-sponsored youth programs, such as the annual Leadership Institute, may receive financial assistance and fee waivers from the university.
Athletics and Recreation
Waltham and surrounding communities are among the biggest boosters of Bentley athletics. The university competes at the Division II level in 22 men's and women's sports, and in Division I ice hockey. Check the athletics calendar for a list of upcoming home games.
The cumulative Spring 2011 GPA for all 500 student athletes was a 3.20. Forty percent of our student athletes were named to the Bentley President’s or Dean’s List. Nine student athletes received a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester. Bentley had the most student athletes, 328, named to the Northeast-10 Conference Spring 2011 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Bentley also led the way in terms of total percentage; 65 percent of our student athletes were recognized.
Waltham residents may purchase a membership to use the pool only. The outdoor tennis courts and track may be used by Waltham residents if they are not in use by the Bentley community.
Waltham residents comprise about 15 percent of the university's full-time work force. Administrative and academic departments across the university offer challenging positions — with the added advantage of a very reasonable commute! Open positions are posted online.