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First-Year Applicants

There are two ways to be accepted:

Fall 2019 Accept:  You will be notified in mid-March of your acceptance and scholarship (if applicable) on BentleyConnect, followed by a notification in the mail.  To accept the offer of admission for fall of 2019, you must submit your enrollment deposit by May 1, 2019 to hold your place in the class.

January Acceptance Program (for January 2020):  This admission offer provides enrollment at Bentley beginning in January 2020. You will be notified in mid-March of this decision on 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 this offer of admission for January 2020, you must submit your enrollment deposit by May 1, 2019.



Fall 2019 Early Decision*

Application Deadline
November 15

Decision Notification
Late December

Enrollment Deposit Deadline
January 20


Fall 2019 Regular Decision**

Application Deadline
January 7

Decision Notification
Late March

Enrollment Deposit Deadline
May 1


Spring 2020

Application Deadline
November 1

Decision Notification
Late November

Enrollment Deposit Deadline

*Early Decision is a binding program, where you’ll receive an earlier admission decision and be required to withdraw applications to all other colleges if you are accepted to Bentley.

**Regular Decision is the best option if you are applying to other schools in addition to Bentley.  

Required Forms and Credentials

  1. The basic core requirements for admission are:
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of Mathematics*
  • 3 years of Lab Science
  • 3 years of History/Social Science
  • 3 years of Foreign Language

*We recommend applicants complete pre-calculus at a minimum.

  1. Application form with $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 homeschooled student, use code 970000 for the secondary school block on the Common Application.

** Please be aware that the Common Application website only supports Internet Explorer 10, FireFox and Chrome.

  1. 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 your first marking period of your senior year as soon as they are available. You should also send mid-year grades once they are released.
  2. College essay. You can choose from any of the topics listed in the application.
  3. 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 you confirm with your guidance counselor.

  4. 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 App.
  5. Standardized test scores. We require that you 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 of 2016.

    If English is not your primary language, you’ll also need to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language  (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems  (IELTS) exam. The preferred minimum scores are:

    TOEFL: 233 computer-based, 577 paper-based or 90 Internet-based (score of 100 or better encouraged). We also require a minimum score of 20 on each of the TOEFL subsections.
    IELTS: 7, with a minimum score of 7 on each of the IELTS subsections

    Your test results may be sent to us directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official high school transcript. Use the following codes as needed on your application materials:

    SAT: 3096
    ACT: 1783
    TOEFL: 3096

    Note:  For applicants from Puerto Rico:  Bentley will consider the College Admission & 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.

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 (up to a maximum of 30 credits) through a number of different options. Learn more about our advanced standing credit policies.