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Bentley is Among the Best in the Nation for Return on Students’ College Investment

Helen Henrichs

A new report ranks Bentley among the top colleges in the U.S. for the return on a student’s college investment. The report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce looked at 4,500 two- and four-year colleges and ranked Bentley 20th in the country, ahead of universities such as Princeton, Yale and Columbia, for providing the greatest economic value to students 40 years after their college enrollment. 

“In a time where some have called into question the value of a college degree, I’m glad to see this new metric support what we already know - that a Bentley education is a strong investment in our students’ future,“ says President Alison Davis-Blake.

This is the first time a return-on-investment metric has looked so far into the future. Most track graduates for up to 10 years. The new report uses data submitted by colleges to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and essentially compares the cost of paying for college with what students potentially earn in the years after graduation. Over 40 years, Bentley graduates on average see a net economic gain of close to $1.8 million after paying off their loans, the report found.

Bentley offers students and their families this strong return on investment by teaching skills and critical thinking that prepare students for jobs of the future and providing plentiful opportunities for internships and other hands-on-learning. Ninety-two percent of Bentley students complete at least one internship and 71 percent complete more than one before graduation.

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With the support of Bentley’s nationally recognized Pulsifer Career Development Center, ranked No. 1 in the nation for internships by the Princeton Review, students experience successful outcomes right out of the gate - six months after graduation, 99 percent of the Class of 2018 was employed, attending or planning to attend graduate school.

This new study confirms that the students’ success continues decades down the line.

A Bentley education is a strong investment in our students’ future.
Alison Davis-Blake