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Transfer Students

Planning Your First Semester Classes

The week of August 5 we will provide you with specific fall 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 8.  

  • Academic Calendar - See here for information on the semester schedule, holidays, and when classes are not held. 
  • Bentley Abbreviations - Use this guide as a reference for department abbreviations, building codes, days of the week, and more. 
  • 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.  
  • Final Exam Schedule - Find out when each final exam is scheduled in December for each class block.
  • 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 fall, 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. 



Please join us for a live webinar on August 8 at 10:00 AM to learn about the Bentley curriculum and how to register for fall classes using the Schedule Planner tool!  Beginning June 1, you can sign up for the webinar via your Online Orientation experience or the New Student tab in MyBentley.

Schedule Planner Quick Start Guide

Schedule Planner Video - Preferred browsers are Google Chrome and Mozilla FireFox..  

Schedule Planner Step-by-Step Guide - See here for a series of screenshots and instructions on using the Schedule Planner tool.  

Completing and Confirming your Schedule - See here for a step-by-step guide to ensure your schedule is completed correctly.  

Add-Drop Instructions - See here for a step-by-step guide to adding and/or dropping a class.

Registration Webinar PowerPoint - See here for a PDF of the New Student Registration Webinar. 


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.
  • Course Catalogue  - See here for the 2017-2018 Course Catalogue, which includes course descriptions organized alphabetically by subject.  
  • Elective Guidelines - All courses at Bentley are either an Arts and Science course or a Business course.  See this list of courses and their elective designations. 


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



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 Academic Advising Center 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 Academic Advising Center 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 Academic Advising Center, Bentley students can take charge of their own education, developing into successful professionals and lifelong learners.

Advising Model

The model above illustrates the comprehensive academic advising services available to all undergraduate students at Bentley University.  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 year 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 AdvisorsCommencing at orientation, all students have access to the professional advising staff in the Office of Academic Services' Academic Advising Center.  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 scheduling courses.
  • Peer Advisors:  Each year, the Academic Advising Center recruits a select group of upper-class peer advisors to be available on a walk-in basis at the Advising Center.  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 Academic Advising Center at least once a semester.
  • Students should prepare for their advising appointments by using their Academic Advising Workbook.
  • Students must become familiar with policies, procedures and the relationship between their decisions and the subsequent outcomes.
  • It is strongly encouraged for underclassmen 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 Academic Advising Center 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 Dickson, Director, Advising and New Student Academic Programs

Melissa Jenkins, Senior Associate Director

Meghan Charbonneau, Senior Academic Advisor

Valerie Como, Senior Academic Advisor

Amy Weber, Senior Academic Advisor

Amy Player-Smith, Academic Advisor


Transfer Seminar Facilitators


Emily Anastasio

Year: Senior
Major(s): Corporate Finance and Accounting
Hometown: Syosset, NY

Previous College(s): Miami University of Ohio

Why you chose Bentley: I decided to study at Bentley to enhance not only my education in accounting, but to become a well-rounded business student.  Bentley offers an opportunity that not many other Universities do.

How did you pick your major:  Originally I started as just an Accounting major, but Bentley offers a program that is too hard to pass up.  Incorporating Finance gives me leverage and options in my future career choices.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: International Relations or GLS 116 has been by far one of my favorite classes. Sometimes when you only take business classes you get too enclosed in a bubble and forget what’s happening in the world outside. I found that taking classes outside of my major or business in general is a great escape. 

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: I’m a member of Her Campus and participate in the Service Learning program (where I volunteer at the Boys and Girls club once a week).

What you love most about Bentley: The class size really sold me on Bentley.  I love that the professors know your name and are constantly engaging with their students.  In the long run it is so helpful when you need to revisit that professor for recommendation letters or even advice.

One piece of advice you have for students: Become a bigger part of Bentley. Completely immerse yourself in the Bentley community because it has so much to offer. What I mean by that is don’t just be a student.  This is college and it’s meant to be this wild and crazy ride, but only if you take advantage of it.  


Chris Cunningham

Year: Junior
Major(s): Accounting
Hometown: Falmouth, MA

Previous College(s) University of Mary Washington, Southern New Hampshire University

Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I wanted to attend a business school that was going to best prepare me to enter the job market upon graduation.

How did you pick your major:  I changed my major a couple of times before I decided that accounting was the right degree for me.  Unlike some students that knew exactly what they wanted to study right away, I struggled finding what I wanted to do, but after taking some of the general business classes I discovered where my interests were.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: I really enjoyed GB215 (Human Behavior and Organizations).  My professor was great and taking the class my first semester at Bentley has really helped me with all of my group projects, because the class focuses on group dynamics and how to work effectively in groups which really prepared me for all the group projects I have had to do.

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Bentley Investment Group, Bentley Wall Street Club.

What you love most about Bentley: I love that students understand the importance of their education.  Everyone here has fun but also takes their classes seriously and strives to do their best.  It makes for an awesome learning environment.

One piece of advice you have for students:  Take the time to go to office your professor’s office hours as often as you can.   


Christopher (Chris) McKay

Year: Junior
Major(s): Actuarial Science and Business Studies
Minor(s): Computer Information Systems
Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Previous College(s): Roger Williams University

Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I saw an opportunity to challenge myself academically and pursue a major that appealed to me.

How did you pick your major:  Actuarial Science has always appealed to me because it involves thinking mathematically and logically.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: I enjoyed Chaos, Fractals, and Dynamics! It involves crazy functions resulting in amazing pictures and systems that are found in nature.

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Member of Mathematical Sciences Club.

What you love most about Bentley: Everyone is friendly here! The students and the professors! I’ve never had a professor who made me feel afraid to ask questions.

One piece of advice you have for students: Don’t be afraid to explore! Whether that’s meeting new people, joining a club, or just going beyond your comfort zone! College is your first opportunity to be out on your own, so why spend it all in one place?


Haley Persin

Year: Senior
Major(s): Information Design and Corporate Communications
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Previous College(s): Indiana University

Why you chose Bentley: I chose Bentley because I thought it would be a great opportunity to move out of state and try something really different. Also you can’t beat a Bentley education and the campus is so cute!

How did you pick your major: I wanted something where I can use my creative abilities in a business setting.

Favorite class you have taken at Bentley: Astronomy. My professor was hilarious and awesome.  The class was a nice complement to all of the business courses. Not to mention space is so cool.

Bentley student activities you have been involved in: Health and Wellness Educators, Study Abroad

What you love most about Bentley: We are such a tight knit community that all really cares about each other. All of us are challenged every day and everyone is always willing to help out one another.

One piece of advice you have for students: Take advantage of everything Bentley has to offer. There are so many helpful resources and interesting clubs to join. The more help you get and the more you get involved, the better your experience at Bentley. 


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 Events Fall 2017


Wednesday, August 23 through Sunday, August 27 

Orientation Details