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We understand that you may have many questions in this time of great uncertainty. We have compiled responses to anticipated questions below, and will continue to update this living document as the situation evolves. In addition, we encourage you to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at to discuss your specific concerns and see how we may be of assistance.


Are you open for business?

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is currently closed to visitors. However, we are operating virtually during normal business hours, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET. Please call us at
+1 781-891-2244 and our staff will be happy to assist you.  You can also send email to any time of the day and we will respond as soon as possible.

Are campus tours or visits available at this time?

Bentley University has temporarily suspended on-campus visit programs, including information sessions and campus tours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will notify when this changes. In the meantime, please explore our campus online by using our interactive virtual tour and attending one of our virtual information sessions or virtual interviews. To opt into receiving email communications about these additional initiatives, please complete this Request for Information.

I want to apply for fall of 2021 but I have been unable to take the SAT or ACT exams. Can I apply without test scores?

Yes. Due to the disruptions to test administrations, Bentley is temporarily suspending the standardized test score requirement for the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022 application terms. This applies for both domestic and international applicants.

If you are not a native English speaker, you will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency through the results of the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo exam.

My deposit deadline has passed, but I still wish to enroll. What can I do?

Please contact us at +1 781-891-2244 or by e-mail at if you would like to submit your enrollment deposit after the deposit deadline.

My secondary school/institution is closed due to the pandemic. What should I do if I am unable to obtain official documents?

For first-year students, Bentley will require official copies prior to the start of classes. We understand that incoming first-year students are facing substantial academic challenges due to the current circumstances. Please be assured that we will work with you and your school officials to complete enrollment requirements.

For transfer students who are currently attending an institution in the US, obtaining transcripts should not present any challenge. If you are a transfer applicant studying in an impacted country and are unable to obtain a transcript because of a university closure, we will accept copies of your transcript(s) or grade report(s) until your official transcript is available. With respect to the College Report, we will accept an email from your institution(s) confirming your academic and disciplinary standing.

Will my admission be impacted if I am not able to complete my secondary education in time to enroll at Bentley for fall 2020?

If your secondary school diploma completion is delayed beyond August 2020, please contact us at 781-891-2244 or by email to discuss plans to defer your enrollment to a later term.

Due to changes in AP exams and the cancellation of some national exams (International and French Baccalaureate, A-Levels etc.) or potential delays, how will Advanced Standing Credit be affected?

Due to the current conditions, Bentley will accept the following for Advanced Standing Credit for fall 2020:

  • AP exams taken either in person or online 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.
  • The revised, externally assessed IBO diplomas and certificates (credit is not awarded for any English, Business or Management courses/exams).
  • The revised, externally assessed A-level results from Cambridge and Pearson testing centers.
  • The revised internally assessed French Baccalaureate.

Bentley will also consider advanced standing from other educational systems, which can be seen here. Please contact us directly by email if you have questions regarding external examinations not listed above.

My final semester is being graded pass/fail due to impact of the virus. Will these courses still be considered for transfer credit?

Bentley will award transfer credit for courses taken in spring 2020 term if you earn a “pass,” providing the course meets our transfer credit guidelines of three semester credits or more, academic in nature, and taken at a regionally accredited or Ministry of Education approved institution. See our website for more information on transfer credit policies.

My passport will expire soon. Can I get my I-20 before it expires?

Assuming the personal information (legal name, date of birth) will not change on your renewed passport, Bentley can issue your I-20 with a copy of your old or expired passport. However, students are not permitted to enter the US if their passport is not valid for at least six months past August 2020. It will be imperative that you receive a renewed passport prior to your arrival in the U.S.

Can I still transfer my I-20 to Bentley if I had to return to my home country before the end of the semester/graduation?

Yes. As long as you are maintaining F-1 status or were maintaining it until the end of your school period (even if this was done online).

How will I be able to obtain my I-20 from Bentley?

On March 26, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) updated the COVID-19 FAQs to advise that Designated School Officials may now electronically send I-20 forms to student email addresses listed in SEVIS. If you have concerns or questions about receiving your I-20, you should contact the Center for International Students and Scholars (CISS) at or Office of Undergraduate Admission at

Due to embassy/consulate closures in my region, I am not be able to obtain a visa appointment in time for the fall semester. What should I do?

Many embassies are reopening and are taking appointments. Please visit the US Department of State’s visa page for information on visa wait times and appointment availability. We encourage you to check appointment times in other cities that may be accessible to you and keep checking daily, as appointment availability changes frequently. For more up to date information, you should contact your local embassy or consulate here.

What happens if I am unable to arrive at Bentley University for fall 2020 because of a travel ban or other restrictions?

Classes begin at Bentley on Monday, August 31. The Bentley attendance policy requires that students must attend classes no later than the first day of the second week of classes after the add/swap period, which is Tuesday, September 4, 2020. If you are not able to arrive by this date, you have the option to enroll online as either a full or  part-time student or to defer your enrollment for up to one year. Please note that if you have received a Bentley scholarship, your award will also be deferred. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for the appropriate deferral forms at You may also take advantage of the new Bentley trimester by enrolling full time during summer 2021.

What happens if Bentley is unable to resume on-campus instruction for fall 2020? Will virtual classes be offered?

We anticipate and plan on offering on-campus instruction and will make the final decision by June 30, 2020. However, should COVID-19 continue to impact the world this summer and fall, Bentley is prepared to continue remote, online learning and a holistic, virtual campus experience for all students. For individual students who may be unable to come or return to campus, we will offer access to our online campus. Bentley’s spring semester following this model has been a success.

All students who enroll online this fall will have direct access to Bentley’s tight-knit community of faculty and staff who are ready to offer the support, mentoring, counseling and advice that a Bentley education is known for. Our new and innovative NEST program connects every student with an individual staff mentor to meet with weekly, and this program would extend into the fall for new students.

In addition, here are some ways our virtual campus is working this spring:

  • Academic advisors are holding daily virtual meetings and drop-in opportunities, just as would be available on campus.
  • The Pulsifer Career Development Center is open for business and all career coaches are meeting individually with students via Zoom, Skype or phone. We are also conducting virtual career fairs and interviews.
  • Student clubs and organizations such as Student Government, the Campus Activities Board and Fraternity & Sorority Life meet regularly online and with their advisers in student affairs via Zoom.
  • The Bentley Library continues to offer all of its resources and the library staff continues to support online teaching and research for Bentley students, faculty and staff.
  • The Trading Room is fully staffed via Zoom and making it possible for students to remotely access the financial databases they need for classwork and research such as FactSet, Capital IQ and Morning Star.
  • The CIS Sandbox continues to be open for virtual tutoring and all aspects of computing education and technology.
  • Our Counseling Center is supporting students with phone appointments or by using confidential, secure video chat health software.  
  • Athletic coaches are keeping connected with their teams with regular Zoom meetings for players and staff, as well as individual meetings with each athlete.

These are just a few examples of the ways our campus life is continuing in a virtual world. Remote, online instruction has kept our students engaged, every campus learning lab is open, and student services continue at a high level. We encourage you to check this FAQ for current students to learn how our campus is currently operating.

If the fall semester is conducted entirely remotely, or I choose to enroll remotely due to travel concerns, how will my room and board payments be affected?

If the fall semester is conducted remotely or you choose to enroll remotely, you will not be charge for room and board. If you are a recipient of financial assistance, the cost of attendance will be amended, and your aid package will be adjusted accordingly. Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance if your housing status changes for the fall at 781-891-3441 or by email.