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International Freshman Applicants

We welcome freshman applicants for both the spring and fall semesters.


Application Type

Application Deadline

Decision Notification

Enrollment Deposit

Spring 2016November 1 (Priority Deadline)Rolling (starting November 1)Rolling

Fall 2016 Early Decision*

November 15


January 22

Fall 2016 Regular Decision**

January 7

Late March

May 1

*Early Decision is a binding program, where you’ll receive an earlier admission decision and be required to withdraw applications to all other colleges if you are accepted to Bentley.
**Regular Decision is if you want the full fall semester to complete your college search and admission application.

Required Forms and Credentials

  1. Application form with $75 fee. Complete the Common Application* and complete the 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.

    Your nonrefundable application fee can be paid via check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank or foreign affiliate, and made payable to Bentley University. The check must be imprinted with a U.S. bank address and contain encoded MICR routing numbers.

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

  2. Official secondary school transcript. Submit an official transcript or marksheets for all secondary schools attended (college, gymnasium, lycee), including your most recent marks at the time of your application. Also include official results of national exams, if given in your country. Transcripts should be sent directly from a school official in both your native language and English; uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.  

    Bentley recognizes that educational systems throughout the world vary in how they assess a student’s academic performance throughout the year. Often, first quarter or mid-year grades are not available or available later in the year. Therefore, the Admission Committee will move forward with the evaluation of your application utilizing the documents we have received. Once any academic assessment becomes available, including predicted grades and progress reports, we strongly encourage you to forward this information so we can include it in our review process. Your guidance counselor may send them via email to or via fax: +011.781.891.3414.

  3. University essay. You can choose from any of the topics listed in the application.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted by both a counselor and one from a teacher who can speak to your strengths and talents. School officials can mail or fax directly to us or submit them through Common App.
  5. 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; examples include, but are not limited to, first quarter, first semester, quarterly, or first trimester grades. If you are an International Baccalaureate or A-Level candidate, we will utilize your predicted grades. If your school does not provide senior grades prior to our notification date, please contact our office. Keep in mind, your guidance office may not automatically send your grades, so we recommend you confirm with your guidance counselor.
  6. Standardized test results. We require that you take the SAT or ACT. If English is not your first spoken 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 results may be sent to us directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official secondary school transcript. Use the following codes as needed on your application materials:

    SAT: 3096
    ACT: 1783
    TOEFL: 3096

   7. Confirmation of Financial Resources Form.If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit the Confirmation of Financial Resources Form in order for an I-20 to be issued. If you do not complete this form, you must submit one of the following:

  • A bank letter from your parent or sponsor’s bank, signed by a bank official, verifying the availability of funds. Also include a letter from your parent or sponsor indicating his or her willingness to pay educational expenses.


  • A bank statement in your parent or sponsor’s name, verifying the availability of funds. Also include a signed letter from your parent or sponsor indicating his or her willingness to pay educational expenses.

    Because some countries have limits on the amount of money that may be sent to the United States, it is important to inquire about the regulations of your country concerning the transfer of such funds. Our Center for International Students and Scholars also can assist you in preparing your documentation for visa issuance.

8. Passport photocopy. If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit a copy of your passport page with biographical information.If you are studying in the United States, please submit a copy of your I-20 form pages 1 and 3 and student visa as well. We recommend scanning this information and then emailing it to

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.

The Redesigned SAT and Bentley Admission Policy Changes

First, you should know that there are many factors that contribute to your Bentley application for admission—not just your test scores. We also look at your school, the courses offered, the courses you took, and the grades you received.  We are especially interested in how you challenge yourself during your senior year, your last year of preparation before college.

By now you’ve probably heard that the SAT has been redesigned. The first administration of the new test will be in the spring of 2016. The entering class of 2017 will be the first cohort in which most students take the redesigned SAT and will most likely feel the most pressure from this new test. Keep in mind that Bentley evaluates your progress over your four high school years and will always look for the very best you have to offer. 

Listed below are some things that you’ll need to know about Bentley and the redesigned SAT. For more general information on the redesigned test, visit the College Board’s web site.

Common FAQ's about the Redesigned SAT

If I took the SAT previously and I will also take the redesigned SAT, which scores should I send to Bentley?
Some students will take the current SAT before spring 2016 and then take the redesigned SAT later. In those cases, students should send both scores to Bentley. 

How will Bentley evaluate results from the current SAT with the redesigned exam?
Bentley will use concordance tables to convert the current version of the SAT to the scoring for the redesigned SAT.  Since the current SAT and the new SAT are different tests, we are still studying the concept of superscoring two different tests. However, keep in mind that we always look to give students an advantage when comparing multiple test scores.

Will Bentley require the Optional Essay portion of the redesigned SAT?
No, the optional essay on the redesigned SAT is not required. Your four years of English, along with your college essay is sufficient for us to evaluate your writing skills.

Is the writing section of the ACT exam required?
Bentley does not require the writing portion of the ACT for students applying for freshman admission.