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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.
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.
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 Advisors: Commencing 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: Our faculty have diverse backgrounds and an abundance of experience and knowledge in their particular field. Bentley students are encouraged 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.
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.
PJ Dickson, Director
Henrietta Genfi, Assistant Director
Melissa Jenkins, Assistant Director
Meghan Charbonneau, Senior Academic Advisor
Amy Weber, Academic Advisor
Minor(s): considering History
Hometown: Princeton, MA
Previous College(s): Worcester State University
Why you chose Bentley: Bentley was at the top of my list in high school because of its excellent academic reputation, as well as seeing the beautiful campus through a few campus tours. I was fortunate to visit friends at Bentley during my freshman year as well, and my experiences that year made it an easy decision when I decided to transfer at the end of the year.
How did you pick your major: My main goal coming in to Bentley was to help figure out exactly what aspect of business I wanted to enter. In my first semester here, I had classes that touched on a wide array of business aspects such as finance, law, and marketing. These early classes helped make it clear to me that I enjoyed finance more than any other subject.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: History of Religion in America. It seems like an odd choice for a business school, but I think it speaks to the well-rounded education that Bentley offers. It was an upbeat, in-depth course, and the professor was one of the best I have had throughout my college career.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Intramurals, Campus Activities Board (Sports and Recreation), Service Learning (Special Olympics volunteer, Project Manager at Home Suites afterschool programs)
What you love most about Bentley: The tightknit community and close group of friends I have been fortunate enough to meet at Bentley. It is a small school, but there really is the sense of togetherness that is palpable on campus.
One piece of advice you have for students: The more willing you are to put yourself out of your comfort zone, the better; meet new people, get involved in organizations around campus that interest you, and you will have a full experience in your time at Bentley!
Major(s): Management with a concentration in Supply Chain and Operations Management
Minor(s): Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Previous College(s): Westchester Community College
Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because of its amazing reputation as a business school and the wide array of services that it provides for their students.
How did you pick your major: I had previously been employed in an array of logistic related occupations and it was a natural progression to move into supply chain management.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: NASE - 364 Science of Sustainability. I have always had a passion for the environment, but this class really opened my eyes to all the different ways humans are impacting the environment.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: TedX BentleyU
What you love most about Bentley: The library and the willingness of the professors to go out of their way for students and help them in any way they can.
One piece of advice you have for students: It is important to become familiar with all of the resources that are available to help in your transition to Bentley. Also, if you do struggle you are not alone. I think it is important for fellow students to understand that everyone struggles at some point in their college career. You are not alone.
Hometown: Montreal, Canada
Previous College(s): Middlesex Community College
Why you chose Bentley: There is a strong emphasis at Bentley on your career and preparing you for professional life. This appealed to me because my main motivation for pursuing higher education is to obtain a better job. Bentley has met and exceeded my expectations; on top of the academic rigor, I have discovered a vibrant social scene.
How did you pick your major: I have been interested in investments since the stock market crash of 2008 so Finance seemed like a natural fit for me. I chose to do an Economics-Finance degree to get the liberal education along with the technical jargon.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: LA 298 – White Collar Crime or GLS 101 – Globalization.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Bentley Investment Group, Bentley Leadership Society, International Student Organization. All students, most especially transfer students, should definitely attend the Activities Fair at the beginning of each semester and get involved on campus.
What you love most about Bentley: The relatively small size of the school allows you to build strong relationships with your teachers or advisors. At Bentley, you are always running into people you know whether they are friends or faculty.
One piece of advice you have for students: Get involved!
Hometown: Chicopee, MA
Previous College(s): Lasell College
Why you chose Bentley: Bentley was known and still is one of the best business schools in the Northeast and knowing I wanted to major in business I wanted to be at a school that had a lot of connections.
How did you pick your major: I have always liked sales and a lot of that comes from the marketing of company. You may have the best product in the world, but unless you can promote it correctly to the right market, nobody will know about it.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: Retail Management.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Intramural Basketball and Bentley Leaders
What you love most about Bentley: Being only 20 minutes or so from Boston is great! Far enough to get my work done during the week, but close enough to get into the city on the weekends.
One piece of advice you have for students: Make the best of your time here and do what interests YOU!
Nicole "Nikki" McNeill
Hometown: Exeter, NH
Previous College(s): Lasell College
Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I saw an opportunity where I could really learn a lot and mix my creative mind with a strong business foundation.
How did you pick your major: Marketing has always appealed to me because it that involves collaboration and innovative thinking.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: I have been taking most of the general education/required courses. I really enjoyed microeconomics - mainly because my teacher was hilarious.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Alpha Psi Omega (theatre group), and I participate in Service Learning (program where I get to hang out with kids).
What you love most about Bentley: People aren’t afraid to ask questions! All the students work really hard and participate in class. I am definitely one of those people who sit in the front and will be raising my hand if I am confused or would like more information. I love that I am not alone in that!
One piece of advice you have for students: Take advantage of EVERYTHING. Bentley has great resources. If you are struggling in a class there are the labs, tutoring sessions, The Writing Center. If you are looking to get involved, there are so many different groups to join.
Hometown: Chester, NJ
Previous College(s): County College of Morris
Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because of its heavy focus on business. It is also located close to Boston which is always a good time on the weekends whether it is to go to a sporting event of even just walk around. Career Services was also a big draw for me because job placement is the whole reason we attend college and Bentley’s Career Services is one of the best in the country.
How did you pick your major: I have always loved business. I knew early on that I wanted to be a business major and that I wanted to be able to work with people, but not live behind a computer. I like to analyze market trends and consumer buying habits; so, marketing seemed like the best major.
Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: My favorite class at Bentley was a nutrition class. It was not a business class which was a little refreshing. I learned a lot and the information has been applicable to my everyday life. We tracked our diet for several days and I learned a lot about nutrition and my own diet.
Bentley student activities you have been involved in: I participated in the casino night which was all the fun of going to a casino without the pain of losing all of your money.
What you love most about Bentley: I love how the entire student body is driven to be successful. Coming from a community college, I saw a lot of people who lacked motivation, but being surrounded by people at Bentley with the motivation to succeed has been very inspiring and motivating for me.
One piece of advice you have for students: Make as many friends as you can from your fellow transfer students because they are going through the same transition as you are but don’t let that stop you from branching out and meeting other people on campus. Being as social as possible will make your whole experience at Bentley that much better.
Transfer Seminar is a 6-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 Registration Day
August 11th, 2015
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.
September 4th - 5th 2015