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Freshman Applicants

As a freshman, you can apply one of three ways:
  1. Early Decision. With this binding program, you’ll receive an earlier admission decision and be required to withdraw applications to all other colleges if you are accepted to Bentley.
  2. Early Action. This option provides you with an earlier admission decision, but allows you to wait until May 1 to make your final decision.
  3. Regular Admission. If you want the full fall semester to complete your college search and admission application, this may be the best option for you.

Bentley uses the Common Application which has everything you need to apply, including the Bentley writing supplement.


Application Type

Application Deadline

Decision Notification

Enrollment Deposit Deadline

Early Decision

November 1

Late December

January 21

Early Action

November 1

Late January

May 1

Regular Admission

January 7

Late March

May 1

Required Forms and Credentials

  1. Application form with $50 fee. Complete the Common Application* and writing supplement (you'll need to create an account to get started). We recommend that you submit both documents at the same time; you also can mail them to us. If you have financial hardship, you can request your high school counselor to submit the College Board Fee Waiver (PDF) on your behalf.
    *If you are a homeschooled student, use code 970000 for the secondary school block on the Common Application.

** Please be aware that the Common Application website only supports Internet Explorer 10, FireFox and Chrome.

  1. Official high school transcript. Submit an official transcript for all high schools you have attended, including your most recent grades at the time of your application. It’s very important that you send us your grades from your first marking period of your senior year as soon as they are available. You should also send mid-year grades once they are released.
  2. College essay. You can choose from any of the topics listed in the application.
  3. Senior Grades. Senior grades are an important factor in our admission decision. We will not release a decision without having some indication of your academic performance from senior year (unless the school does not provide senior grades prior to our notification date). When your first marking period grades are available, please forward them to Bentley immediately. If you are an International Baccalaureate or A-Level candidate, we will utilize your predicted grades.

  4. Two letters of recommendation. You should submit one from a counselor and one from a teacher who can speak to your strengths and talents. You can have them mailed or fax directly to us or submit them through Common App.
  5. Standardized test scores. We require that you take the SAT or ACT with Writing test. If English is not your primary language, you’ll also need to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam. The preferred minimum scores are:

    TOEFL: 233 computer-based, 577 paper-based or 90 Internet-based (score of 100 or better encouraged). We also require a minimum score of 20 on each of the TOEFL subsections.
    IELTS: 7, with a minimum score of 7 on each of the IELTS subsections

    Your test results may be sent to us directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official high school transcript. Use the following codes as needed on your application materials:

    SAT: 3096
    ACT: 1783
    TOEFL: 3096

**We understand that there is a delay in College Board’s SAT score reporting for the October tests taken in both China and South Korea. We will accept your late score reports beyond our November 1st deadlines.

Application Status

Once you have submitted your application, we’ll send you a MyBentley ID number, which you can use to check the status of your application. 

Advanced Standing Credit

You may be able to accelerate your degree if you have earned advanced standing credit (up to a maximum of 30 credits) through a number of different options. Learn more about our advanced standing credit policies