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Rankings and Recognition

Bentley University enjoys a strong position in many major rankings and lists, however we do advise caution in placing too much emphasis on any one ranking figure in general. While rankings and ratings can provide helpful insight into specialty areas and expertise at any school, these various assessments are only one measure of an institution’s overall quality and reputation.


U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S.News & World Report's latest edition of America's Best Colleges 2017 ranks Bentley University #3 in the Best Regional Universities-North category.
  • In the "Best Business Programs," Bentley was ranked #48.

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

  • #1 Highest Freshmen Retention Rate —The average proportion of freshmen who entered the school in the fall of 2009 through fall 2012 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 2007
  • #3 Best Value — Based on the relationship of the school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid

*Bentley’s graduation and retention rates have increased over the past decade, highlighting that the university is offering the classes and services students need to succeed.

Bloomberg Business Week

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks Bentley #10 among the top undergraduate business programs in the nation in the business publication's 2016 issue of The Best Undergraduate Business Schools.

The 2016 rankings focus on career outcomes and include 114 eligible schools. These schools were evaluated based on four measures of student satisfaction, post-graduate outcomes and corporate employer ratings based on surveys of graduating seniors and recruiters.

This year more than 60,000 graduating seniors at participating schools were asked to complete the survey covering a range of areas from quality of teaching to recreational facilities. Overall, 27,327 students completed the survey; a response rate of 42.54%.

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review Annual College Guide named Bentley's Career Services #1 in the nation.  The guide also named Bentley one of the nation’s Best Colleges and Universities and one of the "Best Northeastern Schools" for 2017. Princeton Review also ranked Bentley the #1 college for internship opportunities  as part of their 2017 edition of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give you the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

Student surveys also ranked Bentley:

  • #8 Most Active Student Government
  • Named among Colleges That Pay You Back
  • Named to the Fire Safety Honor Roll  
  • Named to the Green Colleges list

In the university's profile, student comments included:

Students find that not only are professors easily accessible, so are their fellow students thanks to “small class sizes” and “discussion-based classes.” One student remarked that professors try “to get all students involved in their discussions. They enjoy team projects, which is a great way to learn the material and meet new people.”
This education is led by a team of professors who are “very engaged in their fields and are often around after hours to help you understand concepts”… “Most professors want you to do well, so that creates an environment where you feel more inclined to comment and ask questions.”
"Since I wanted to pursue a career, Bentley would offer me the best testing grounds to try every kind of major.”
Bentley University’s business-focused classes are taught by “real-life business men and women that bring their experiences from the real world into the class-room.” The business education here is “well-rounded,” and offers “connections to many alumni throughout the state”.

The Princeton Review and U.S. Green Building Council also named Bentley one of the country's most environmentally-responsible colleges in their 2015 “Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review/PC Magazine survey of the Top 20 Wired Campuses for 2008-09 ranked Bentley #4. The ranking honors schools with the most comprehensive technology offerings. The survey focused on academics, student resources, infrastructure, wireless networks, and tech support — including questions on everything from advanced computer science programs and online lectures to computer labs and online security. 


Money ranks Bentley #2 in the nation among colleges that add the most value. Their list is comprised of colleges that help students perform better than expected when considering their academic and economic backgrounds (measured with what Money calls a comparative-value grade). Rather than reporting on schools that market alumni success and high graduation rates, universities with high comparative-value grades boast high percentages of student loan repayment in addition to earnings and graduation rates are featured. The ranking eliminated schools with graduation rates below 50 percent and adjusted the alumni earnings numbers to coordinate with the majors at each school.

Money ranks colleges on the following criteria:

  • Comparative-value grades for graduation rates
  • Earnings
  • Student loan repayment 

Other Recognition

Bentley University is ranked #1 for Business, Management and Marketing in a ranking released by College Factual, an online portal designed to assist students in selecting a college. The outcomes-driven ranking is based on factors including school quality and alumni salary information.

College Factual’s “Top Colleges by Major/Field of Study” rankings place Bentley high in several additional fields:

Top majors

  • #1 Accounting
  • #1 Business/Managerial Economics
  • #2 Marketing
  • #3 Finance/ Financial Management
  • #4 Business Administration and Management
  • #6 Liberal Arts/Sciences and Humanities
  • #9 Computer Information Systems

Top fields of study  

  • #7 Liberal Arts and General Studies

The Economist ranks Bentley #5 in the nation in their first-ever college ranking. Their methodology utilizes data from the Department of Education’s “college scorecard” to determine if the economic value of a university is equal to the gap between how much money its students subsequently earn, and how much they might have made had they studied elsewhere.

Payscale ranks Bentley’s Computer Information Systems program #24 in their 2016 College Salary Report.

Forbes Middle East ranks Bentley #28 on their list of Best U.S. Colleges for International Students in 2016.

Parade Magazine named Bentley one of the top schools in the country for Business and Accounting. The magazine questioned top guidance counselors for their picks of outstanding schools.

The 2016 Fiske Guide, featuring Bentley University, is one of the nation's leading guidebooks and an indispensable source of information for college-bound students and their parents for over twenty years. It describes the academic climates as well as the social and extracurricular scenes at the "best and most interesting" schools in North America.  This particular guide is popular because it is a combination of facts and prose; facts from Bentley and “opinion” by the writers and editors of Fiske based on interviews and surveys with Bentley students. Quotes include “the quality of teaching is fantastic,” “the dorms are in great condition,” “firms are recruiting heavily on our campus because they know Bentley students are prepared,” “there is never a dull moment on campus,” “students are constantly striving to achieve their best. An ‘okay’ grade is never enough.”

The Sierra Club recognized Bentley University as one of America's greenest campuses, according to Sierra magazine's Top 100 Coolest Schools list. Rankings were based heavily on energy supply, along with nine additional categories: energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a section entitled "other initiatives."

Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine ranks Bentley University #31 among the top 100 Best Values in Private Universities for 2016. Among the list of the Best College Values in New England, Bentley is ranked #9 among Private Universities in New England.


U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report’s “America's Best Graduate Schools 2015” ranks the Bentley University Graduate School of Business Professional MBA (PT) program among the top 75 in the country at #64 and #6 in New England.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Business Programs 2016” ranks Bentley’s MSFP, MST and MSHFID programs at #22 in the nation. The ranking is based on factors such as level of accreditation, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.  

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review names the Bentley Graduate School of Business among the Best Business Schools in the nation for 2015.

Other Recognition

Beyond Grey Pinstripes, a biennial survey and popular alternative ranking of business schools by the Aspen Institute, named the Bentley Graduate School of Business to its Global 100 list for 2011-2012 in the organization's last publication. The prestigious ranking of MBA programs highlights schools that incorporate social and environmental issues into their curriculum and research, looking beyond reputation and test scores to measure how well schools prepare their students for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. In the most recent edition, Bentley ranked #58, and top 5 in New England. 149 business schools from 22 countries participated in the survey.