COVID-19 FAQs for Prospective Graduates
Bentley continues to closely monitor updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe. We've created this page as a one-stop shop to answer prospective students' questions about the virus and Bentley's response to it. We encourage you to contact the Graduate Admission office directly at (781) 891-2108 to discuss specific concerns and see how we may be of assistance.
Is the Graduate Admission office open?
The Graduate Admission office is closed to visitors until further notice, and is operating virtually during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to receiving phones call at (781) 891-2108, our student ambassadors are available online to chat at bentley.edu/graduate. You may also schedule a personal consultation with one of our Admissions Officers. Outside of business hours, you can email us at email@example.com.
Are campus tours or visits available at this time?
Bentley University has temporarily suspended campus tours through April 5, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we hope you will plan to schedule a visit to Bentley at a later date. In the meantime, please explore our online events at bentley.edu/graduate/events.
I registered for Preview Day on March 28, 2020. Has this event been cancelled or rescheduled?
Graduate Preview Day will be conducted entirely online. We welcome this opportunity to showcase the technology and flexible formats that make Bentley’s graduate programs a top choice for busy and aspiring professionals. Learn more and watch recordings of the events at bentley.edu/graduate/landing/preview-day.
Due to the closure of testing centers, I am unable to complete my test in time to meet the application deadline. What can I do?
We are aware that many test centers (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS) have been closed. We are happy to work with you to identify an alternative best suited to your particular situation. We may be able to waive test requirements based on other aspects of your application, accept alternative credentials or extend deadlines.
My undergraduate university is closed due to the pandemic. What should I do if unable to obtain official transcripts?
Bentley University will accept unofficial copies of transcripts to review your application for admission to the fall 2020 academic semester. We require an official copy of your transcript showing conferral of your undergraduate degree prior to the start of classes, but we can extend this deadline to the end of the fall semester.
My final semester is being graded as pass/fail due to impact of COVID-19. Will these courses still be considered for foundation waivers?
For students entering in fall 2020, we will evaluate courses graded as pass/fail in the context of your overall academic record for determination of foundation waivers.
Will my admission be impacted if I am not able to complete my bachelor's degree in time to enroll at Bentley for fall 2020?
If your undergraduate degree completion is delayed beyond August, please contact us to discuss plans to defer your graduate enrollment to a later term.
I am currently enrolled in F1 visa at another institution that is now closed. Can I transfer my visa to Bentley?
F1 students completing their undergraduate degree or internship in the US can transfer their visa to Bentley for the fall 2020 term and may be eligible for summer enrollment. Due to current travel restrictions and embassy closures, you will likely need to remain in the US to ensure you are available for the start of fall classes. If you are enrolled in another US graduate program and would like to transfer to Bentley, please contact Graduate Admission to discuss your program interests and prior coursework.
Am I able to start my program in summer 2020?
Students admitted for Fall 2020 may enroll in courses during Summer 2020. Projected course offerings are available on the Registrar's website. International students seeking an F1 from Bentley University must complete a consultation and receive special permission prior to enrolling in a summer class. Contact Graduate Admission to get started.
What happens if I am unable to arrive at Bentley University for fall 2020 because of a travel ban or other restrictions?
Students who are not able to arrive at Bentley by September 1, 2020 may be able to begin their program online. All students who have paid their enrollment deposit for Fall 2020 are eligible to defer their admission for up to one year. Contact us to discuss which option is best for you.
What can I do if I am not be able to send required financial documents to complete the I-20 process because my financial institution is closed due COVID-19?
Admitted international students must submit financial documents prior to issuance of an I-20. We anticipate a delay in visa processing and encourage you to collect your materials as early as possible for best results. Should delays in materials or appointment times prevent you from arriving in time for the fall term, we will work with you to explore options for online enrollment in fall 2020, or you can defer your start date for up to one year.
Due to embassy/consulate closures in my region, I am not able to obtain a visa appointment in time for Fall 2020. What should I do?
Some regions are experiencing long delays, while others are closed entirely. Check appointment times in other cities that may be accessible to you and keep checking every few days as appointment availability changes frequently. Bentley’s Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) offers resources and advising for admitted international students. Contact the Graduate Admission office for more information.