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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

Key application deadlines
Application Type Application Deadline Decision Notification Enrollment Deposit Deadline
Fall 2020 Early Decision I November 15 Late December January 20
Fall 2020 Early Decision II January 7 February 1 February 15
Fall 2020 Regular Decision January 7 Late March May 1
Spring 2020 November 1 Late November Rolling

We recognize that many prospective students are affected by recent and on-going natural disasters and situations beyond their control. School closings, power outages and other displacement issues can make it impossible to meet admission deadlines. If you are unable to meet a deadline and would like an extension, please contact us at ugadmission@bentley.edu or +1-781-891-2244 to request an extension. We will do our best to provide flexibility to accommodate your situation.

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 mid-December and Early Decision II applicants in early February.
  • If you took the SAT or ACT in October, you should request that the scores be sent to Bentley so we will have them in time for Early Decision.
  • Inform your school counselor that you are applying Early Decision to Bentley so we have your transcript and recommendations by the deadlines.

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.

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. Please note: the Common Application is only supported on Internet Explorer 10, FireFox and Chrome.
  • 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 require you to take the SAT or ACT standardized test. If you have taken either test more than once, we will superscore results. We do not accept SAT scores from exams taken prior to March 2016. 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
  • Self-reported standardized test scores. We accept self-reported SAT and/or ACT scores as part of the application for admission for students who are enrolled in high schools in the U.S. If you are admitted and decide to enroll at Bentley you must send official test scores by June 1 to confirm the accuracy of your self-reported scores. 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 to ugadmission@bentley.edu or fax +1(781)-891-3414. 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. 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 of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. 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

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 standard 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.

  • For applicants from Puerto Rico: Bentley will consider the College Admission and Evaluation Program (PEAU) and the Academic Aptitude Test (PAA) scores in the application review process. In addition to sending official SAT/ACT score reports, we encourage you to include self-reported scores of the PEAU or PAA on the Common Application.

For international applicants:

Test Flexible Policy

Applicants who attend secondary school outside of the United States, regardless of citizenship, can submit one of the following to satisfy the Standardized Test Score Requirement:

  • SAT Subject Test in Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 
  • Proof of enrollment in any of the following:
    • AP Calculus AB or BC
    • IB Diploma Candidates with at minimum Standard Level (SL) Mathematics, Applications and Interpretations or Analysis and Approaches
    • GCE Advanced Level (A Level) course in Mathematics or Further Mathematics
    • French Baccalaureate pursuing either the Economic/Social Science or Science Track
    • German Abitur
    • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) with, at minimum, CSEC Additional Mathematics or CAPE Integrated Mathematics
    • Canadian two-year CEGEP Humanities or Social Sciences Programs with Mathematics, or enrolled in Differential and Integral Calculus I
    • Lebanese Baccalaureate -- General Sciences, Life Sciences and Sociology and Economics tracks
    • The Italian Maturità pursuing the Liceo Scientifico Track
    • The Swiss Maturité with Mathematics
    • The Hungarian Matura
    • The Austrian Matura

If you are studying in a secondary system that is not listed above and you would like to be considered as a test-optional candidate, please send us an email.
Please note: Applicants who would like to be considered for the Bentley University Trustee Scholarship, a full tuition academic scholarship awarded to a very few select students, must submit either the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Test.

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

  • Sponsor Support Form. If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit the Sponsor Support form for an I-20 to be issued. If you prefer, you may complete the top portion of this form (Applicant Statement) and attach a signed letter from a parent or sponsor indicating their willingness to pay educational expenses not less than $74,009 USD (or its foreign currency equivalency).
  • Certificate of Financial Resources Form. If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit the Certificate of Financial Resources form for an I-20 to be issued. If you do not complete this form, you must submit one of the following:

A bank letter from your parent or sponsor's bank, signed by a bank official, verifying the availability of funds, an amount not less than $74,009 USD (or its foreign currency equivalency).

A bank statement in your parent or sponsor's name, verifying the availability of funds, an amount not less than $74,009 USD (or its foreign currency equivalency). Because some countries have limits on the amount of money that may be sent to the United States, it is important to inquire about your country's regulations concerning the transfer of such funds. Our Center for International Students and Scholars can help you prepare documentation for visa issuance.

  • Passport photocopy. If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit a copy of your passport page with biographical information. You must provide a copy of the passport you will use to apply for your F-1 visa (multiple passport copies will not be accepted). If you are currently studying in the United States, please submit a copy of your I-20 form and student visa. We recommend scanning this information and emailing it to ugadmission@bentley.edu

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, 2019, if you are enrolling in the fall 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.

Let's Connect 

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