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Transfer Students

Bentley University is committed to providing an accessible, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. If you are having difficulty accessing information and need this content in an alternate format, please contact Director of Educational Support Technology and First Year Academic Programs, P.J. Dickson at pdickson@bentley.edu or 781-891-2898.

 

Planning Your First Semester Classes

The day before the webinar we will provide you with specific first semester course requirements reflecting your personal transfer credit and your intended major at Bentley.  In the interim, we invite you to preview the information below so you can feel prepared to register on August 4th.

  • Academic Calendar - See here for information on the semester schedule, holidays, and when classes are not held. 
  • 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. 
  • English Placement - Do you have questions about how Bentley determines your English placement? Here's a guide to understanding your personal placement.  
  • General Business Core - See this introduction and flowchart to better understand our GB course structure.   
  • Information Technology - All students must satisfy the IT 101 requirement in their first year at Bentley. If you do not have prior credit for IT 101, see here for specifics on the different tracks and options for your IT 101 course. 
  • Liberal Studies Major (LSM) - The LSM is an optional second major that can complement your business program at Bentley.  
  • Math Placement - 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. 

Registering

Prior to registration each semester we hold a live webinar for students to learn about the Bentley curriculum and how to register for classes. Incoming students interested in signing up can do so via their Online Orientation experience or the New Student checklist.

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.
  • Tuition Insurance - See here for information on protection your tuition investment. 

Welcome | Mission for Advising | Advising Model | Responsibilities/Supporting Roles for Academic Success
Advising Center Staff | Transfer Seminar Facilitators | Transfer Seminar 
Transfer Events 

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.

  • First Year/Transfer Advisors:  All first-year and transfer students are assigned a faculty or staff member as their primary academic advisor during their first semester on campus.  These formally assigned advisors are available to assist students with early curriculum planning as well as provide support with any academic and social adjustment issues during the transition to college.
     
  • 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 to 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

PJ DicksonDirector of Educational Support Technology and First Year Academic Programs

Melissa Jenkins, Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising

Meghan Charbonneau, Senior Academic Advisor

Valerie Como, Senior Academic Advisor

Karina Ovalles, Senior Academic Advisor

Amy Weber, Senior Academic Advisor

Catalina Ocampo, 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
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Alyssa Cook
Year: Junior
Major: Marketing

Hometown: New Castle, NH

Previous College(s): Bryant University. I transferred from there after one semester my freshmen year and came here in Spring of 2019.

Why I chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I wanted challenge myself academically and go to a school in close proximity to Boston.

How I picked my major:  I like marketing because it is the creative side of business and I found that I prefer to collaborate in a team setting and this field allows for a lot of social interaction and outside thinking.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: I’ve taken most of my required classes because I want to have more flexibility in my schedule for my upperclassmen years but I really liked GB214 which is Fundamentals of Marketing and Operations.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: I am a member of the Bentley Women’s Tennis Team and a member of the Bentley Marketing Association (BMA).

What I love most about Bentley: The students are mostly very driven here and take class seriously. I like the competitive environment because it pushes me to do better and everyone is very involved on campus.

One piece of advice I have for students: Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t be afraid to make new people. It may take time to get in your groove, but everyone has their own timeline.

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Melissa Halbleib
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Major: Accounting
Minors: Spanish and Spanish for Business

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Previous College(s): Portland Community College and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

Why I chose Bentley: I chose to attend Bentley because not only does it offer an amazing business education but because it allows me to continue my study of Spanish and engage with the community through the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center.

How I picked my major: After volunteering with a nonprofit for many years I returned to school with the intention of pursuing a degree that would allow me to work with nonprofits professionally post-graduation. The professor of my Introduction to Nonprofits class at community college inspired me to change my pursuit from Veterinary Medicine to Accounting.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: As someone who has never been fond of reading, I really enjoyed the Women in Literature class. I found books that I truly enjoyed reading and that led to meaningful discussion in the classroom surrounding social issues that I am interested in.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: While I dipped my feet in the waters of many student activities at Bentley, I have found it difficult to maintain participation as a full-time student with a full-time off campus job who lives off campus. Instead I spend most of my spare time staying connected to my friends and family both here and on the west coast and practicing yoga.

What I love most about Bentley: I love the network that Bentley offers me. Not only have I made lasting relationships with faculty, staff and fellow students but I regularly encounter Bentley alumni at my off-campus job who treat me like family upon discovering that I attend Bentley.

One piece of advice I have for students: Remain open to change! Having a plan is important but plans change and that is okay too. You may think you want to be a financial manager but discover that you have a real passion for developing social media campaigns. I thought I would spend my life working in commercial kitchens but here I am in my Senior year at Bentley. The path doesn’t have to be straight just enjoy the ride.

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Nikhil (Nikhi) Malrani
Year: Junior

Hometown: Bedford, MA

Previous College(s): Suffolk University

Why I chose Bentley: I chose to transfer to Bentley since I did not feel challenged at my former university and wanted the chance to experience a more “traditional” closed campus university. It was always my goal to transfer after my freshman year, and Bentley turned out to be the right choice.

How I picked my major:  Family members who worked in finance influenced my decision to major in that and learning about it has made me more confident in my decision.

Favorite class I have taken at Bentley: Some of my favorite classes at Bentley were IT-101 and my summer history course in HI-343. I enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunities and technological aspects of the IT-101. My summer history class was asynchronous, and I found the content of the course interesting and enjoyed the choice to choose what area of history I wanted to focus on.

Bentley student activities I have been involved in: I am a brother in the professional co-ed fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Events Coordinator for the South Asian Student Association, and a member of Radio Bentley.

What I love most about Bentley: I love the Bentley campus and the diversity in the amount of campus involvements that are available to students, especially for such a small school.

One piece of advice I have for students: Try to get involved and interact with your fellow transfers! I know it is incredibly difficult due to the state of Bentley right now, but everyone is in this experience together!