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Bentley Named a “Best College for Business Majors” by Money Magazine


Bentley Named a “Best College for Business Majors” by Money Magazine

Recent Bentley alumni earn 22 percent more than other schools’ graduates



Bentley University was ranked number 12 in the United States in a new ranking of Best Colleges for Business Majors by Money magazine. Bentley’s strong business curriculum, career services department and technology offerings all contributed to its high ranking.

At Bentley, “The business coursework and hands-on experience appear to translate into high salaries,” Money reported. “Recent grads report earning an average of $61,400, more than 22 percent higher than the average salary of their counterparts at similar, business-oriented schools.”

Money also ranked Bentley among the 43 Colleges That Add the Most Value based on its graduation rate, the earnings of its graduates and student loan repayment. Money compiled the list after analyzing 2,400 colleges across the U.S. The rankings are part of the magazine’s annual Best Colleges for Your Money list.

How the Ranking was Conducted

A total of 711 colleges and universities met Money’s criteria to be considered in its ranking. The schools were ranked on 27 factors in the following three categories:

  • Quality of the education: Six-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty-ration and standardized test scores of incoming first-year students were a few of the factors that Money considered in ranking colleges’ quality of education.
  • Affordability: Net price of a degree, average student debt, student loan repayment and affordability for low-income students were the major factors measured in this category.
  • Outcomes: Graduates’ future earnings and the market value of their job skills made up the outcomes category. 

Bentley’s Strength in Career Services

Money magazine offered particular praise for Bentley’s skill in preparing students for successful, happy lives after college through its career services department.

“Bentley has been rising up the ranks of the nation’s business colleges,” the magazine wrote. “The school’s career services office excels at placing students in practical internships.”

The Princeton Review ranked Bentley the No. 1 college in the United States for internship opportunities and career services. Six months after graduation, 99 percent of the Bentley Class of 2016 was employed, attending or planning to attend graduate school. Members of the Class of 2016 were hired by top companies and organizations including General Electric, PepsiCo, AmeriCorps, Goldman Sachs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bose, Conde Nast, Hill Holliday, Nestle, Liberty Mutual and Procter & Gamble.

Students benefit from Bentley’s HIRE education program, a four-year approach to developing job search skills that lays the foundation for a lifetime of successful career management.  At Bentley, career planning begins freshman year with a Career Development Seminar in which students create the career tools they will need including a resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile and elevator pitch.

One of the Nation’s Top Business Schools

The Money magazine accolades are the latest for Bentley, whose profile as one of the nation’s top business schools has been growing. Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked Bentley a top 10 undergraduate business school in the country, and U.S. News & World Report ranked Bentley No. 3 in the “Best Regional Universities-North” category. In that category, Bentley was also ranked No. 1 for “Highest Freshmen Retention Rate,” No. 1 for “Highest 6-Year Graduation Rate” and No. 3 for “Best Value.”

Dedicated to Preparing a New Kind of Business Leader

Bentley University is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader with the technical skills, global perspective, and ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Bentley’s diverse arts and sciences program combined with an advanced business curriculum prepares graduates to make an impact in their chosen fields. The university enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Master’s degree recipients from Bentley’s McCallum Graduate School of Business are among the highest paid in the country, ranking #4 in PayScale’s College Salary Report.

Click below for one student's Bentley success story:


by Kristen Walsh March 25, 2019

Brandon Samba '20 overcame his family's financial struggles and now helps kids learn financial skills to break the cycle of poverty.