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Bentley Surpasses $100 Million Goal for Capital Campaign

September 25, 2005

Waltham, Mass. - The Campaign for Bentley has surpassed its $100 million goal to become the most successful fundraising campaign in the college's history -- bringing in $107 million, four times more than the previous goal in 1997.

Contributions to the Campaign for Bentley will be used to support the college's many strategic initiatives focused on academic excellence and distinction. These funds will also support Bentley's continued investment in technology and student life enhancements.

Nationally prominent scholars, technology-rich learning labs, and cutting-edge curricula that integrate business and information technology are the hallmarks of Bentley's unique position as a business schoolthatunites business education with the arts and sciences.


Academic Programs


  • Bentley's proposal to offer two doctoral programs in Accounting and Business in 2006 is under review by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, with approval anticipated this fall.


  • This fall Bentley launched the Liberal Studies major - a first-of-its-kind program for a business school. The program provides a unique opportunity to major in business and the liberal arts, with students receiving credentials in both. The combination is ideally suited to developing students' skills in critical thinking, creative analysis and communication.


  • The McCallum Graduate School now offers the MS+MBA, an accelerated two-year program that delivers the deep technical expertise and broad leadership skills that are actively sought by today's best companies. Students earn the MBA and one of two Master of Science degrees: the MS in Information Technology or the MS in HumanFactors in Information Design.


  • Faculty recruitment has attracted professors from a broad range of disciplines to enhance Bentley's areas of expertise:business & technology, global commerce and culture, ethics & social responsibility, and the overall blending of business and liberal arts. New faculty hail from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom (History), Yale and Princeton (International Studies), and Wellesley and Harvard (Behavioral & Political Science).


  • Bentley will launch the Business Gateway program in summer of 2006. Tailored for students graduating from liberal arts colleges, the Gateway will be a full-time, eight-week residential program featuring credit for four graduate courses, professional development workshops, and career coaching and advising for those interested in pursuing one of five Bentley Master of Science degrees.


  • In 2006 Bentley will debut the Master of Science in Real Estate Management (MSREM), the only graduate program in New England focused on the management of - versus the development of - commercial and residential property. Designed in consultation with many of the nation's leading experts in the field, the program is geared toward recent college graduates who want to gain a foothold in real estate management. Those already working in the field can pursue the MSREM to build their skills and knowledge base.




    • Bentley's groundbreaking mobile computing program marks its 20th year this fall with a move to "tablet" computing. As part of Bentley's ongoing research into technology advantage, the freshman class is participating in a pilot program to test Toshiba Tablets in comparison to the IBMT43 notebook to assess the learning and research opportunities available.


      Student Life/Facilities

      In addition to several facilities renovations currently underway, Bentley has increased funding to support co-curricular initiatives including community service-learning, social, recreational, athletic and cultural activities that are essential to producing fully engaged, well-rounded graduates.

      Since 1997, the Bentley campus and its facilities have been transformed in many tangible ways.

      • A $14M library renovation will be completed in February 2006. The objective is to create a world-class business library; one that will become the hub of academic life at Bentley and a physical symbol of the business university. It will be at the leading edge in electronic access to data, books and journals, will house outstanding collections of books and journals in our domains of expertise, and will include a cyber-cafe, art gallery, and compelling study space for students and research space for faculty.


      • The Dana Center's 30,000-square-foot addition/renovation currently underway will bring Bentley's athletic facilities to a new level, reflecting the accomplishments of its sports teams and providing outstanding fitness and social resources. The renovation/addition will feature a recreational fitness and training area, a food court, a new suite with a function room overlooking the field house, a new façade for the entrance and pedestrian plaza.
      • Two new townhouse-style residence halls have been completed on Bentley's North Campus and now house 118 students.




      In the most recent college rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Bentley was ranked among the Top 50 undergraduate business programs nationally and a Top10 Master's University in the Northeastern United States. The information systems and accounting programs are ranked in the Top 20 nationally; the accounting program is tied for #1 among New England schools with the program at MIT.


      Bentley's McCallum Graduate School of Business is ranked as one of the top 10 in New England, the part-time MBA program ranked #19 nationally and is among the top 2 in New England; the Information Systems Program ranked #20 nationally and is in the top 3 in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools 2006" edition.




      BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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