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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.


Cyrus Woodman

Year:  Sophomore, Class of 2017
Hometown:  Newburyport, MA  01950 - USA
Previous College(s):  Temple University          

Why you chose Bentley:  Bentley offers the opportunity to study and engage in an academic environment that elevates its core business focus and emphasizes it within everything.  At Bentley, studying business isn’t only a choice of what you’ll be in class for, it’s also a choice of what lifestyle you’ll lead while you’re here.  By combining excellent faculty, a driven student body and overlapping curricula, the atmosphere provides so much more than a track to a degree, it prepares students to succeed.

How did you pick your major:  Bentley’s resources make it easy to pursue the questions you have about different majors and opportunities.  By reaching out to some professors in my major of interest, interning over the summer and discussing courses with my academic advisor, I was able to identify what the most appropriate major was.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley:  GB112

Bentley student activities you have been involved in:  Bentley Microfinance Group, Bentley Sailing, Hockey Games, Football Games, Sustainability Fair, Campus Rec

What you love most about Bentley:  The campus feel and the accessibility of everything

One piece of advice you have for students:  Get involved and make as many friends/connections as you can. 


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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