Transfer Students

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Welcome to the Academic Advising Center’s web page designed specifically for Bentley’s transfer student population.  We are excited that you have chosen Bentley as the institution to complete your degree.  We realize that the transfer process can be an exciting yet challenging time.  The team members of the Academic Advising Center are here to support you as you transition and immerse yourself in the Bentley curriculum and culture.  It is our mission to create a comfortable, engaging and informative environment while providing a collaborative working relationship with various professional staff members, current students and faculty members at Bentley.

Mission for Advising

The Academic Advising Center is a student-centered resource that works in partnership with Bentley undergraduates to help them succeed academically and personally. Providing a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, along with meaningful one-on-one advising sessions, informative programs, and comprehensive support services, the Academic Advising team consistently works to meet students where they are. Engaging with the advisors, programs, and services of the Academic Advising Center, Bentley students can take charge of their own education, developing into successful professionals and lifelong learners.

Advising Model

The model above illustrates the comprehensive academic advising services available to all undergraduate students at Bentley University.  Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the many resources available to help them identify and achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.

  • First Year/Transfer Advisors:  All first-year and transfer students are assigned a faculty or staff member as their primary academic advisor during their first year on campus.  These formally assigned advisors are available to assist students with early curriculum planning as well as provide support with any academic and social adjustment issues during the transition to college.
  • Professional AdvisorsCommencing at orientation, all students have access to the professional advising staff in the Office of Academic Services' Academic Advising Center.  Advisors are available to help students with a wide range of issues including: Major and Minor selection, study abroad planning, academic difficulty intervention, strategies for enhancing academic success,and help scheduling courses.
  • Peer Advisors:  Each year, the Academic Advising Center recruits a select group of upper-class peer advisors to be available on a walk-in basis at the Advising Center.  Peers work closely with the professional advisors and are an additional resource for students looking for general academic advising assistance.  Peers have been extensively trained to provide accurate and friendly service, and have the ability to address a variety of student questions and concerns with objectivity.
  • Faculty Mentors Faculty mentors are a group of specially selected professors with diverse backgrounds and an abundance of experience and knowledge in their particular field. The faculty mentoring program allows Bentley students to use our expert faculty as exploratory and advisory resources.  The faculty’s expertise within their chosen fields allows students to benefit from their knowledge of career options, course options, and research opportunities.

Responsibilities and Supporting Roles for Academic Success

Student Responsibilities for Academic Success:

  • Transfer students must connect and meet with their advisor per Transfer Seminar Requirements.
  • Transfer students should continue to connect with their assigned advisor or a professional advisor in the Academic Advising Center at least once a semester.
  • Students should prepare for their advising appointments by using their Academic Advising Workbook.
  • Students must become familiar with policies, procedures and the relationship between their decisions and the subsequent outcomes.
  • It is strongly encouraged for underclassmen to attend programs to explore major/minor options and other academic opportunities.
  • Students should become familiar with the wide variety of academic resources on campus.
  • All students should to connect with various members of the Bentley community (faculty, staff and student leaders).
  • Working with advisors, faculty, staff and parents, students should create and continually clarify personal and professional goals.
  • Students must accept responsibility for the actions or inactions that impact their academic progression and plan.

Academic Advisor Role:

  • The Academic Advising Center will provide a safe, non-judgmental and comfortable advising atmosphere.
  • Advisors will participate in frequent professional development/training.
  • Advisors will adopt a clear understanding of the undergraduate curriculum and the tools necessary to assist students in developing appropriate academic plans as well as personal and professional goals.
  • Advisors will be knowledgeable about academic opportunities and be able to recommend a course of study (when appropriate) that is congruent with the student’s professional and personal goals.
  • Advisors will provide the appropriate amount of challenge and support that encourages the development of decision making skills.
  • Advisors provide intervention for students who receive progress reports and/or other notifications of possible failure or concerns.
  • Advisors will appropriately refer student to college support services (counseling, career services, residence life, multicultural center, education abroad, etc) when necessary.


Advising Center Staff

PJ Dickson, Director

Henrietta Genfi, Assistant Director

Melissa Jenkins, Assistant Director

Meghan Charbonneau, Senior Academic Advisor

Amy Weber, Academic Advisor

Transfer Orientation Leaders/Seminar Facilitators


Colin Devereaux

Year: Junior
Major(s): Finance
Minor(s): none declared, considering Marketing or NPO
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Previous College(s): Worcester State University

Why you chose Bentley: Between the high academic standards, the small, tightknit community, and the proximity to Boston, the choice was easy when I decided to transfer.

How did you pick your major: I’ve been taking finance related courses since High School, and It’s always been an intriguing subject to me.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: Religion in America. I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, but it was the most interesting class I’ve ever taken. I highly recommend Professor Beneke for any history class!

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Campus Activities Board (CAB), sports and recreation, Bentley service learning (Special Olympics, Home Suites tutoring Project manager)

What you love most about Bentley: The tightknit community that I mentioned before, and all of the great opportunities it has to offer. There’s so many clubs and activities here, there’s a chance for everyone to find their home here.

One piece of advice you have for students: Join as many clubs & activities and meet as many people as you can. You never know when you’ll make a key professional connection or meet a new friend unless you put yourself out there.


Carolyn Jenkins

Year: 2015
Major(s): Marketing
Minor(s): Law
Hometown: Andover, MA
Previous College(s): Fairfield University

Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley due to its exceptional reputation as a business school. I loved that I could explore both my interests of Marketing and Law. The proximity to Boston and Career Services were other reasons I decided to transfer to Bentley. 

How did you pick your major: After taking GB214 (Marketing & Operations), I immediately knew I wanted to study Marketing. 

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: Retailing and Sports & Entertainment Law

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Bentley Ambassadors, Campus Activities Board, Transfer Advisory Board

What you love most about Bentley: How involved and driven students are! I love how Bentley students find a perfect balance between academics and social life. 

One piece of advice you have for students: Don't be shy! It's important to get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to people. Also, get involved! I highly recommend going to the Activities Fair to find out about all the different clubs and organizations on campus and become a member.


Hector Jimenez-Guerrero

Year: Sophomore, 2017
Major(s): Corporate Finance & Accounting
Minor(s): Mathematics
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Previous College(s): University of Massachusetts: Lowell

Why you chose Bentley: Going into my first semester of college I was torn between studying Civil Engineering or Accounting/Finance. Since I couldn’t decide before the acceptance deadline arrived, I decided to attend UMass Lowell for a semester until I could decide. Once I had more time to look into my options, I saw that Bentley University was a globally revered institution and could provide me with all the opportunities I looked for during my time there. The strength of the curriculum helped me understand that this was a school that would challenge and mold me over the remainder of my time as a college student.

How did you pick your major: I have a very strong interest in numbers and decided that if I was going to a business school, I would study either accounting or finance. As it turns out, Bentley offers the option to study both as a CFA major.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: GB 112

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Bentley Investment Group, Math Club, Bentley MicroFinance Group

What you love most about Bentley: The camaraderie on campus. There is a friendly ambiance to the university that allows students to feel at ease whether in class or just on campus.

One piece of advice you have for students: Be true to yourself! Don’t feel pressured to join an organization or participate in something you may not be comfortable doing. There is something on campus for everyone to enjoy. As time progresses, you’ll connect with a group of friends with similar interests with whom you’ll be able to enjoy your time.


Brianna Nichols

Year: Junior
Major(s): Marketing
Hometown: Arlington, MA
Previous College(s): Boston University

Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because of its reputation as a prestigious business school. Bentley has an amazing career services program and I knew that a degree from Bentley would impress any future employer. I loved how beautiful the campus was and how friendly the people on campus were. 

How did you pick your major: I had an internship the spring semester of my sophomore year as a Fashion Merchandising and Social Media Marketing intern. I want to be in the corporate side of the fashion industry and realized through this internship that marketing was the right major for my intended career path but also what I enjoyed doing as well.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: GB110. I love law and I thought GB110 was really interesting. I’m glad it is one of the GB classes because I think everyone should have an understanding of business law in order to be in business.

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Bentley Fashion Consultants, Transfer Advisory Board, Bentley University Cheerleading, Bentley Tennis Club, Success in the City 12

What you love most about Bentley: I love being here! I love the Bentley experience. The campus, the people, the classes, the professors, and everything else all comes together to create a Bentley experience that I absolutely love.

One piece of advice you have for students: Get involved! Join a club that interests you because you’ll get to meet a group of people with similar interests as you. You can form long lasting friendships through joining clubs and intramurals. Don’t be afraid to meet new people and put yourself out there.


Meghan Shumway

Year: 2015
Major(s): Marketing
Hometown: South Hadley, Massachusetts
Previous College(s): Stonehill College

Why you chose Bentley: The two main reasons I chose Bentley were for the community and the outstanding business programs the school has to offer.

How did you pick your major: I have always been interested in the creative side of business. Studying marketing opens up multiple venues into that creative side through areas such as consumer behavior, advertising, marketing research, e-commerce, and many more.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: New Product Development and Marketing with Professor Pouliopoulos

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: HerCampus Bentley, CAB, Intramural Sports

What you love most about Bentley: What I love most about Bentley is the Bentley community. After first visiting the school, I knew right away that this was a community I wanted to be a part of. The people I encountered were truly welcoming, and I felt a sense of belonging to the school.

One piece of advice you have for students: Take advantage of the resources you have around you! Bentley gives you all the tools necessary to be successful; you just need to use them.


Kevin Zizik

Year: Senior
Major(s): Accountancy
Hometown: Storrs, CT
Previous College(s): Manchester Community College

Why you chose Bentley: I wanted to pursue a career in accounting, and I knew having a degree from Bentley University would instantly grab the attention of employers because of its reputation.

How did you pick your major: I have always worked with customer service, and person-to-person sales. I could never find a product or company that I actually felt good about promoting.  After evaluating all the other majors, I knew if I received a degree in Accountancy and obtained my CPA I’d be able to sell my own company/services and feel good about it.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: AC 350 Federal Taxation

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Vice President, Academic Integrity Society; Transfer Advisory Board; Fall Intramural’s

What you love most about Bentley: The Diversity.  Some of my best friends here are from El Salvador, Italy, and Afghanistan.  The caliber of people you meet, and amount of opportunities offered is like no other at Bentley.  

One piece of advice you have for students: Carpe Diem.


Transfer Seminar

Transfer Seminar is a 5-week seminar designed to facilitate the intellectual, social, and personal transition of students to Bentley University. The goal of Transfer Seminar is to assist students with their adjustment to Bentley and to increase the likelihood that they will be academically and socially successful at Bentley University.

Transfer Seminar is taught by a professional staff member who will also serve as the students’ academic advisor.  In addition, each seminar will have the benefit of a student facilitator – a former transfer student who can share experiences, perspectives and make a positive impact on the new student experience.

Transfer Events Fall 2014

Transfer Registration Day

August 5th, 2014

New Student  registration day is an optional on-campus academic advising and registration session. Students will attend an Academic Overview, a small group advising session, and will register for their courses. 

If students are unable to travel to Bentley for this one-day event, an alternative plan has been designed.  Students who are unable to attend will have scheduled created for them by the Registrar’s Office.  All new students will attend a First Year or Transfer Seminar course and during the first week they will have an opportunity to meet with academic advisor to discuss their schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a one-day event and housing is not available during this program.

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