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First-year applicants

A business education at Bentley is more than just a degree. Our students come from a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and cultures — aspects that are important to a rich educational experience and your success in college and beyond. There’s no better place to start your college adventure.

Apply online as a first-year student

Test Optional Policy Extended for 2022-2023 Academic Year

Due to the disruption to test administrations for both the SAT and ACT, Bentley is suspending the standardized test score requirement for first-year and transfer students for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. This includes fall 2021, spring 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023 and applies to both domestic and international applicants.

You may choose to submit standardized test scores if you want them to be considered in the review for admission and scholarship programs. However, if you are not able to submit test scores, or choose not to, your application will not be disadvantaged. Test scores have always been just one of several factors taken into consideration in the admission decision. Your secondary school curriculum and the grades you earn carry more weight in the admission review process as they represent your achievements over a sustained period of time.

If you are a non-native English speaker, you will still be required to demonstrate English language proficiency through your results of the TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English Assessment or Duolingo exam; all of which offer online testing. 

Test Optional FAQs

Key application deadlines
Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Enrollment Deposit Deadline
Fall 2022 Early Decision I November 15 Late December January 20
Fall 2022 Early Decision II January 15 Early February February 20
Fall 2022 Regular Decision January 15 Late March May 1
Spring 2022 November 1 Late November Rolling

Early Decision I and Early Decision II are binding programs, where you'll receive an earlier admission decision and be required to withdraw applications to all other colleges if you are admitted to Bentley. By signing the Early Decision Contract, you are committing to enroll at Bentley and paying the deposit by the deadline given.

A few notes about applying Early Decision (ED):

  • Qualified Early Decision applicants are awarded academic scholarships. There is no separate application.
  • U.S. Early Decision applicants who qualify for Financial Assistance will receive their awards prior to the deposit deadline.
  • Early Decision applicants receive their decision quickly. Early Decision I applicants are notified in late December and Early Decision II applicants in early February.
  • Inform your school counselor that you are applying Early Decision to Bentley so we have your transcript and recommendations by the deadlines.

What you'll need to apply 

Required of all students:

  • Application form with a $75 fee. Complete the Common Application* (you'll need to create an account to get started). If you have financial hardship, you can request your high school counselor to submit the College Board Fee Waiver on your behalf. *If you are a home-schooled student, use code 970000 for the secondary school block on the Common Application. 
  • Official high school transcript or GED score report. Submit an official transcript for all high schools you have attended, including your most recent grades at the time of your application. It's very important that you send us your grades from the first marking period of your senior year as soon as they are available. You should also send mid-year grades once they are released.
  • Core curriculum requirements. The basic core requirements for admission are 4 years of English, 4 years of Mathematics (we recommend applicants complete pre-calculus at a minimum), 3 years of Lab Science, 3 years of History/Social Science and 3 years of a foreign language.
  • College essay. You can choose from any of the topics listed in the application.
  • Senior Grades. Senior grades are an important factor in our admission decision. We will not release a decision without having some indication of your academic performance from senior year; examples include, but are not limited to, first quarter, first semester or first trimester grades. If you are an International Baccalaureate or A-Level candidate, we will consider your predicted grades in the admission process. If your school does not provide senior grades prior to our notification date, please contact our office. Keep in mind, your guidance office may not automatically send your grades, so we recommend that you confirm submission with your guidance counselor.
  • Two letters of recommendation. You should submit one recommendation letter from your counselor and one from a teacher who can speak to your strengths and talents. You can have them mailed or fax directly to us or submit them through Common Application.
  • Standardized test scores. We have temporarily suspended the standardized test score requirement for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years (fall 2021, spring 2022, fall 2022 and spring 2023). If you have elected to take a standardized test and would like to share the results, official test scores may be submitted in one of the following ways: 
    • Submitted directly from the testing agency (SAT code: 3096; ACT code: 1783)
    • Included on the secondary school transcript
    • Sent directly by the student's school/college counselor or CBO advisor to ugadmission@bentley.edu or fax +1-781-891-3414
  • Applicants from Puerto Rico: At Bentley University, we consider the Academic Aptitude Test (PAA) scores in the application review process. We encourage you to include self-reported scores of the PAA on the Common Application, regardless of whether or not you are submitting a standardized test score from SAT or ACT.
  • Self-reported standardized test scores. We accept self-reported SAT and/or ACT scores as part of the application for admission. Students can submit self-reported test scores by entering their scores on the testing section of the Common Application and sending a copy or screenshot of the score report by email or fax +1(781)-891-3414. Enrolled students must send an official score report by June 1. Note: When self-reporting your scores, please do not re-calculate or superscore results. We encourage you to submit all scores from each of your test administrations and we will superscore results where appropriate. Any discrepancy from self-reported and official test scores may jeopardize your admission decision.
  • English proficiency test. If English is not your first language, you will also need to submit official results from one of the following: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo or Cambridge English Assessment. The preferred overall score and required minimum sub scores are noted below:
Exam Type Preferred Overall Score Sub Score Minimum Requirement 
TOEFL Internet-based 90 20
IELTS 7 6.5
Duolingo 130 *see note below
Cambridge English C1 or C2   C1 -
Michigan English Test (MET) 4-skill test C1 -

*Duolingo minimum sub score requirement: Literacy (reading and writing) = 125; Conversation (listening and speaking) = 120; Comprehension (reading and listening) = 130; Production (writing and speaking) = 105

We do not accept self-reported TOEFL or IELTS scores, nor do we super score TOEFL or IELTS results.

Waiver Policy: The TOEFL/IELTS exam can be waived if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a score of 650 or higher on the SAT Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section
  • Earned an ACT reading and English score of 29 or higher
  • You have been attending school in the U.S. (this excludes U.S. territories) for six or more years and have not been enrolled in an English as a Second Language program for a minimum of six years.

Send your standardized test score results to Bentley directly from the testing agency or have them communicated by a secondary school official by email. If you are submitting a TOEFL score, use 3096 on your application materials. 

In addition to submitting the above, international applicants who are admitted and elect to enroll will be required to submit the following:

Bentley encourages students to contact EducationUSA which helps international students prepare to come to the U.S., including preparation for visa interviews. 

Additional information about your application

Application Status

Once you have submitted your application, we'll send you an ID number for BentleyConnect, our online portal, which you can use to check the status of your application.

Advanced Standing Credit

You may be able to accelerate your degree if you have earned advanced standing credit through a number of different options. 

Incoming first-year students may be able to transfer up to 30 credits in accordance with these policies.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

If you enrolled in AP classes in high school and took the official AP exam, we may award college credit for AP scores of 4 or 5 in most subjects other than Computer Science Principles, English, AP Seminar and AP Research. Official score reports must be received directly from the College Board. 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

Credit may be awarded for International Baccalaureate (IB) higher-level subjects when a score of 5 or better is earned on the official exam. Exam results must be received directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization. We do not award credit for any English, Business or Management courses/exams. 

College Credit

College courses taken at another college will be considered for credit under typical transfer credit guidelines.

Those guidelines include:

  • Courses did not count toward high school graduation requirements
  • Completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or non-U.S. institution recognized by the Ministry of Education
  • Equivalent to 3 or more semester credit hours
  • Final grade of C or higher

Please note that business courses taken in this context may not transfer due to our unique interdisciplinary general business core curriculum.

College courses taken at a high school or a location other than a college campus will not be considered for advanced standing credit.

Additional Examinations

If you are completing other curricula, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing credit depending on your official examination results, course syllabi and subjects taken. Credit may be awarded for the following programs (this list may not be exhaustive):

  • GCE Advanced-level examinations with a grade of C or better
  • German Abitur exams with a score of 7 or higher
  • Swiss Federal Maturite exams
  • French Baccalaureate exams with a coefficient of 4 or higher with a score of 11 or higher
  • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the second year only
  • Singaporean Advanced-level exams
  • Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto  
  • Italian Maturita
  • Danish Studentereksamen
  • Canadian (Quebec) two-year CEGEP
  • Hong Kong HKALE
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate
  • Icelandic Studentsprof - Menntaskoli exams

Please note: College credit will not be given for CLEP/Excelsior (Credit by Exam or Prior Learning) exams.

A Special Note About English Coursework
The university has a very strong commitment to providing our students with opportunities to develop their communication skills. The written expression represents an important component of this effort, and serves as a critical foundation for students' undergraduate studies as well as their future professional endeavors. To that end, all first-year students will be required to take two semesters of Expository Writing at Bentley. As a result:

  • Secondary school English courses/exams taken at an advanced level, such as AP, IB, A Level, German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, and CAPE, will not receive credit.
  • If a student takes an English Composition course at a college or university, s/he may be eligible for credit if the course does not count towards high school graduation requirements and if the course meets the aforementioned transfer credit guidelines.

Requirements and Deadlines
To apply for Advanced Standing Credit, you must submit all credentials by October 15 (if enrolling in the fall) or by February 15 (if enrolling in the spring) of your first term. All test scores, transcripts and other information should be sent directly from the issuing institution to our office. If results are not in English, supporting translations are needed.

A maximum of 30 credits from all sources of advanced standing credit may be awarded.

We reserve the right to adjust our advanced standing credit policies at any time.

The January Acceptance Program is for students who want to start Bentley in January. Your admission decision will be sent in mid-March via BentleyConnect, followed by notification in the mail. We offer this program to our very top wait-list candidates because it provides a pathway to enrollment and graduation at Bentley. To accept an offer of admission for January, you must submit your enrollment deposit by May 1.

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Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Academic Year Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Phone: +1(781)-891-2244; +1(800)-523-2354
Fax: +1(781)-891-3414
Email: ugadmission@bentley.edu