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Academic Services

Incoming Transfer Students

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Spring 2023 Transfer Registration Information

Planning Your First Semester Classes
  • Academic Calendar - See here for information on the semester schedule, holidays, and when classes are not held. 
  • Fall/Spring Block Schedule - Grid showcasing the Bentley Block Schedule; specifically; days and times of all classes.  Most day classes meet twice a week.  Evening classes, double block classes, and Saturday classes meet once a week. 
  • AP Exam Equivalents - Refer to this list to ascertain the Bentley credit that is awarded for each AP exam.  
  • English Placement - Do you have questions about how Bentley determines your English placement? Here's a guide to understanding your personal placement.
  • Math Selection - The Math Department examines your math background to determine your personal placement.  Here is a guide to understanding your math placement. 
  • Modern Language Placement - If you are interested in selecting Modern Language as a course option for the first semester, see this helpful guide to self-selecting the Modern Language level that is right for you.  For more information, see the department website.  
  • Transfer Credit  - Please refer to this page for policies and procedures regarding credit that may be awarded for prior coursework. 
  • Bentley Lingo - Use this guide for course abbreviations and useful Bentley terminology.  
Registration Step-by-Step Guides
Additional Resources
  • Academic Labs and Learning Centers - Explore this page to learn about all the great places on campus where students can receive academic support.  
  • Advising Directory - Have a question for another department? See here for email and website information.
  • Undergraduate Catalogue  - Official current catalogue for the university that contains information such as course descriptions, degree requirements, program information, and policy and procedures.
  • Disability Services - If you require accommodations, please visit the Disability Services website for more information.
  • Tuition Insurance - See here for information on protecting your tuition investment. 

Transfer Advising Information

Welcome

Welcome to the Academic Advising Center’s web page designed specifically for Bentley’s transfer student population.  We are excited that you have chosen Bentley as the institution to complete your degree.  We realize that the transfer process can be an exciting yet challenging time.  The team members of the Undergraduate Academic Services are here to support you as you transition and immerse yourself in the Bentley curriculum and culture.  It is our mission to create a comfortable, engaging and informative environment while providing a collaborative working relationship with various professional staff members, current students and faculty members at Bentley.

Mission for Advising

The Undergraduate Academic Services is a student-centered resource that works in partnership with Bentley undergraduates to help them succeed academically and personally. Providing a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, along with meaningful one-on-one advising sessions, informative programs, and comprehensive support services, the Academic Advising team consistently works to meet students where they are. Engaging with the advisors, programs, and services of the Undergraduate Academic Services, Bentley students can take charge of their own education, developing into successful professionals and lifelong learners.

Advising Model

Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the many resources available to help them identify and achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.

  • Professional Advisors:  All Undergraduate students have access to the undergraduate professional advising staff in the Office of Academic Services.  Advisors are available to help students with a wide range of issues including: Major and Minor selection, study abroad planning, academic difficulty intervention, strategies for enhancing academic success, and help with course selection.
  • Peer Advisors:  Each year, the Office of Academic Services recruits a select group of upper-class peer advisors to be available on a drop-in basis.  Peers work closely with the professional advisors and are an additional resource for students looking for general academic advising assistance.  Peers have been extensively trained to provide accurate and friendly service, and have the ability to address a variety of student questions and concerns with objectivity.
  • Faculty:  Our faculty have diverse backgrounds and an abundance of experience and knowledge in their particular field. Bentley students are encouraged to use our expert faculty as exploratory and advisory resources.  The faculty’s expertise within their chosen fields allows students to benefit from their knowledge of career options, course options, and research opportunities.
Responsibilities and Supporting Roles for Academic Success

Student Responsibilities for Academic Success:

  • Transfer students must connect and meet with their advisor per Transfer Seminar requirements.
  • Transfer students should continue to connect with their assigned advisor or a professional advisor in the Undergraduate Academic Services at least once a semester.
  • Students should prepare for their advising appointments.  
  • Students must become familiar with policies, procedures and the relationship between their decisions and the subsequent outcomes.
  • It is strongly encouraged for First & Second Year Students to attend programs to explore major/minor options and other academic opportunities.
  • Students should become familiar with the wide variety of academic resources on campus.
  • All students should connect with various members of the Bentley community (faculty, staff and student leaders).
  • Working with advisors, faculty, staff and parents, students should create and continually clarify personal and professional goals.
  • Students must accept responsibility for the actions or inactions that impact their academic progression and plan.

Academic Advisor Role:

  • The Undergraduate Academic Services will provide a safe, non-judgmental and comfortable advising atmosphere.
  • Advisors will participate in frequent professional development/training.
  • Advisors will adopt a clear understanding of the undergraduate curriculum and the tools necessary to assist students in developing appropriate academic plans as well as personal and professional goals.
  • Advisors will be knowledgeable about academic opportunities and be able to recommend a course of study (when appropriate) that is congruent with the student’s professional and personal goals.
  • Advisors will provide the appropriate amount of challenge and support that encourages the development of decision making skills.
  • Advisors provide intervention for students who receive progress reports and/or other notifications of possible failure or concerns.
  • Advisors will appropriately refer student to college support services (counseling, career services, residence life, multicultural center, education abroad, etc) when necessary.
Advising Staff

Melissa JenkinsDirector of Undergraduate Academic Advising

Meghan Charbonneau, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Academic Advising

Valerie Como, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Academic Advising

Amy Weber, Senior Academic Advisor

Tiffany Goodall, Academic Advisor

Melody Smith, Academic Advisor

Ross Styles, Academic Advisor

Transfer Seminar

Transfer Seminar is a 6-week seminar designed to facilitate the intellectual, social, and personal transition of students to Bentley University. The goal of Transfer Seminar is to assist students with their adjustment to Bentley and to increase the likelihood that they will be academically and socially successful at Bentley University.

Transfer Seminar is taught by a professional staff member who will also serve as the students’ academic advisor.  In addition, each seminar will have the benefit of a student facilitator – a former transfer student who can share experiences, perspectives and make a positive impact on the new student experience.

Transfer Seminar Facilitators

June
June Barton
Year: Senior
Major: Marketing
Minor(s): IDCC, Health & Industries

Previous College(s): Northeastern University

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Why I chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I knew I wanted to pursue a future in business and saw a social and academic environment that aligns with my interests.

How I picked my major: I enjoy doing both the creative and analytical work that marketing embodies.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: I enjoyed taking PR Writing last semester because I had not previously had experience in creative writing within different media channels.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: Member of Kappa Delta sorority and Bentley Marketing Association.

What I love most about Bentley: I love that Bentley is a collaborative school. It fosters an environment in which students can meet everyone and build connections, whether it be in the classroom or on campus.

One piece of advice I have for students: Put yourself out there! Not only take advantage of the resources and opportunities provided to you, but put in the extra effort to submerge yourself into the culture of the school as well- join clubs, talk to your professors, and reach out to other students! Putting yourself outside of your comfort zone will bring you experiences and relationships you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Nick
Nick Mendez
Year: Junior
Major(s): Finance
Minor(s): Computer Information Systems

Previous College: Suffolk University

Hometown: Somers, CT

Why I chose Bentley: The benefits of Bentley continue long after graduation. Bentley provides you with the skills needed to succeed in all areas of life. From top performing support departments to a welcoming community, it’s no doubt that I can consider Bentley my home away from home.

How I picked my major: Finance has always been my ideal major. The academic growth, and high number of career advancement opportunities has always caught my eye. It also involves a lot of teamwork, and innovative thinking.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: Although I have just taken most gen ed classes, my favorite class I taken was Philosophy 101, as it allowed me to think critically, and view opinions differently.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: Member of Bentley Investment Group, Bentley Consulting Group, and Bentley Blockchain.

What I love most about Bentley: I enjoy the community, and how the student body shares similar goals. I enjoy all the different support systems this school has to offer, and how it makes the Bentley experience unique.

One piece of advice I have for students: Take advantage of all the resources Bentley has to offer. Become involved in all the clubs and groups on campus and Be Yourself! Bentley has great resources. If you are struggling in a class there are the labs, tutoring sessions, The Writing Center. If you are looking to get involved, there are so many different groups to join.

Marry
Karen Montano Cabrera
Year: Junior
Major: Management
Minor: Entrepreneurship

Previous College: Suffolk University

Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Why I chose Bentley: Bentley University had the strongest business foundation and supportive network for my education.

How I picked my major: Management is a skill so primary that an entrepreneur has to know for the success of its venture. I’ve always dreamed about the corporate world and what positive changes it can bring since I was a little girl.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: I’m just starting on my core major courses. Meaning I have knowledge of general business and general education requirements. However, GB212 with Professor Wolf greatly impacted me in all ways!

Bentley student activities I have been involved in Service-learning programs.

What I love most about Bentley is: Everyone is so attentive here and will always want to help you! Students, professors and staff all work really hard and are very focused. It inspires you and will help you be in the same lane.

One piece of advice I have for students: Know EVERY one of your advantages and take EVERYTHING! This school has great resources and one of the best ones like the career and learning centers. Whatever you are struggling with, there is specific help already designed. You can join them if you want, too!

Ryan Sullivan
Year: Senior
Major: Financi

Previous College(s): Assumption College

Hometown: Kingston, MA

Why I chose Bentley:  Bentley’s business atmosphere was a big draw for me. Between rigorous course work and unmatched resources such as the trading room I knew Bentley was home. 

How I picked my major:  I have always known I wanted to be a business major. After coming to Bentley I found I had a strong interest in the stock market and wanted to pursue a career in finance.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: The best class I have taken at Bentley is FI 623. This was a graduate class through the Advanced Standing in Finance program, and we met in the trading room weekly. I learned how to use various Finance tools, portfolio theory, and investments.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: Investment Banking Club, Investment Group, Club Hockey, Chess Cub, Transfer Peer Advisor

What I love most about Bentley: I love how Bentley prepares students for the business world. Students don’t just build their financial acumen but they learn how to grow professionally as well.

One piece of advice I have for students: Get involved in the clubs you are interested in and take advantage of all the resources Bentley provides to you.