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High School Students Get a Taste of Wall Street at Bentley College

July 29, 2008

High school students from across the country recently gathered at Bentley College to get an inside look at the financial industry and a sample of college life. Wall Street 101 is a week-long residential business camp that ran from July 27 to August 2 on the Bentley campus in Waltham. First offered in 1999, the educational summer camp gained immediate popularity among future financiers and has been featured in USA Today.

In the interactive program, students explore the stock market, learn about investing and portfolio management, and develop leadership and teamwork skills as they conduct simulated trading sessions in the college's state-of-the-art Trading Room. The facility is equipped with real-time market data that is provided by Reuters, Bloomberg, and FactSet Research Systems, as well as other resources including ARGUS, Thomson One, DataStream, Morningstar, and Crystal Ball.

Through these resources, student teams explore the fundamentals of valuing securities and constructing a winning portfolio. The week concludes with a formal presentation to parents and members of the Bentley community that will include the rationale for each student's portfolio selection and a detailed financial analysis of at least one chosen company. 

All of the Wall Street 101 material is drawn from college-level courses. The program also features guest lecturers and field-based learning opportunities including trips to Loomis Sayles and State Street Global Advisors where students interact with analysts, traders and portfolio managers.

Director of the Hughey Center for Financial Services, Richard Gibble, explains, "The camp serves several purposes; the students are here to have fun while also getting a no-nonsense introduction to the world of finance.  They learn that there is more to Wall Street than just stocks - we have sessions on fixed income, derivatives, real estate, hedge funds, and private equity.  The camp also offers an authentic college experience, which helps prepare the students for life after high school."   

In addition to gaining a broad overview of the college-level classroom environment, students sample college life by living on campus for the duration of the week and attending a workshop on the application process. Other activities include the use of Bentley's athletic center and cafeteria, movie nights, and field trips into Cambridge & Boston.

Here's what past participants have said about Wall Street 101:

"I enjoyed Wall Street 101 a lot. Aside from learning a lot about the Stock Market, I met some very interesting kids and adults. I thought that the way the material was presented was excellent and I understood every aspect of it. Overall I had a wonderful time at Wall Street 101. I learned more information on the stock market in that one week than I had learned in the few years I have been obsessed with the stock market."
- Alain, Belmont, Mass.

"The week at Bentley was the highlight of my summer. I definitely learned more than I had hoped to learn and met people who are the cream of the crop! I'll never forget Wall Street 101 and the friends I made during this fabulous opportunity. The knowledge I took home was immense."
- Laura, Toccoa, Ga.

"Wall Street 101 gave me the perfect chance to experience all that Bentley truly had to offer. I was amazed by the level of technology and was thrilled to take advantage of it. Bentley's trading room was the height of this program; it really taught me a multitude of business aspects."
- Nicholas, Manchester, N.H.

"This was the best business experience a high-school student could have. I have never heard of a program as comprehensive and with such quality as Wall Street 101. I was truly impressed with the staff."
- Adeyemi, Boston, Mass.

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 www.bentley.edu

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