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Bentley University Ranks #3 Among the Top Regional Universities-North by U.S. News & World Report


Bentley University Ranks #3 Among the Top Regional Universities-North by U.S. News & World Report



In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.”  Bentley is also ranked #48 among the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” in the country. This ranking is based on results from peer assessment surveys.

Among the top Regional Universities-North, Bentley was also ranked:

  • #1 Highest Freshman Retention Rate

The average proportion of freshmen who entered the school in the fall of 2010 through fall 2013 and returned the following fall

  • #1 Highest 6 Year Graduation Rate

The highest average proportion of a graduating class that earned a degree in six years or less, based on students who started in fall 2008

In the U.S. News Guidebook

Bentley is also singled out in the guidebook for its innovative “Hire Education” curriculum, a program of workshops, coaching and career explorations offered by Bentley’s Office of Career Services that leads students to an internship and ideally, a job. 

Alison Abrams, a 2016 Bentley math graduate, took advantage of CDI 101, the first step of the “Hire Education” program that teaches students how to identify personal strengths and present themselves in a cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and elevator pitch.

“I loved CDI 101,” says Abrams in the 2017 Guidebook. “I didn’t know how beneficial it was until I delved into my internship.”

Abrams was offered a job after the summer of her junior year at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

About the Rankings

This year’s U.S. News rankings include data on almost 1,800 colleges and universities, ranked according to U.S. News’ own methodology. The rankings are based on several key measures of quality including the results of peer assessment surveys completed by academic leaders and administrators (22.5%), graduation and retention rates (22.5%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (12.5%), financial resources (10%), graduation rate performance (7.5%) and alumni giving (5%).

Highlights of the rankings are available online at The complete rankings are published in the 2017 America’s Best Colleges guidebook.


Hands-On Learning
March 31, 2017

The Yawkey Foundations have recognized Bentley University’s longstanding commitment to service-learning and awarded the university $500,000 to educate students to effectively lead nonprofit organizations and expand student efforts to help community groups.