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International First-Year Applicants

We welcome first-year applicants for both the spring and fall semesters.

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
January 20

Fall 2019 Regular Decision**

Application Deadline
January 7

Decision Notification
Late March

Enrollment Deposit
May 1


Spring 2020

Application Deadline
November 1

Decision Notification
Late November

Enrollment Deposit Deadline

*Early Decision is a binding program, which requires you to withdraw applications to all other colleges if you are accepted to Bentley.
**Regular Decision is the best option for students who would like more time to make their commitment to enroll. 

Required Forms and Credentials

  1. Application form with $75 fee. Complete the Common Application* (you'll need to create an account to get started).

    Your nonrefundable application fee can be paid via check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank or foreign affiliate, and made payable to Bentley University. The check must be imprinted with a U.S. bank address and contain encoded MICR routing numbers.

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

  2. Official secondary school transcript. Submit an official transcript or marksheets for all secondary schools attended (college, gymnasium, lycee), including your most recent marks at the time of your application. Also include official results of national exams, if given in your country. Transcripts should be sent directly from a school official in both your native language and English; uncertified photocopies are not acceptable.

    Bentley recognizes that educational systems throughout the world vary in how they assess a student’s academic performance throughout the year. Often, first quarter or mid-year grades are not available by the application deadline. Therefore, the Admission Committee will move forward with the evaluation of your application utilizing the documents we have received. Once academic assessment becomes available for your final year, including predicted grades and progress reports, we strongly encourage you to forward this information so we can include it in our review process. Your guidance counselor may send them via email to or via fax: +011.781.891.3414.

  3. Common Application essay. You can choose from any of the topics listed in the application.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be submitted by your college counselor and one from a teacher who can speak to your strengths and talents. School officials can mail or fax directly to us or submit them through Common App.
  5. 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.
  6. Standardized test results. We require that you take the SAT or ACT.  We do not accept SAT scores from exams taken prior to March of 2016. If English is not your first spoken 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 results may be sent to us directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official secondary school transcript. Use the following codes as needed on your application materials:

    SAT: 3096
    ACT: 1783
    TOEFL: 3096
  7. Sponsor Support Form.  If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit the PDF icon 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).
  8. 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 the regulations of your country concerning the transfer of such funds. Our Center for International Students and Scholars also can assist you in preparing your documentation for visa issuance.
  9. Passport photocopy. If you are admitted to Bentley and elect to enroll, you must submit a copy of your passport page with biographical information. Please note that 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 then emailing it to

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.