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First-Generation College Students

Bentley University is committed to providing a transformative educational experience to all students, and we are especially proud of our efforts to attract and retain students who are the first in their families to attain a degree in higher education. We have a variety of programs specifically targeted to first-generation college students (which we define as domestic students whose parents or guardians have not attained a bachelor’s degree at a college or university in the United States). We know that first-generation college students are ready to take on business and society’s most pressing challenges, and Bentley will give them the tools they need to succeed.

Bentley Recognized for Supporting First-Generation College Students

The Center for First-Generation Student Success recently named Bentley University a “First-Gen Forward” school in recognition of all our efforts to support first-generation college students. 

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BentleyFirst Program

This program provides a scholarship that meets the difference between the tuition cost at Bentley and UMass Amherst, offering a private university education for the price of a state institution. This program does not require a separate application.

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FirstGen Presidential Fellows

FirstGen Presidential Fellows is a prestigious leadership-development program for incoming first-generation college students. Throughout their undergraduate education, fellows engage in an array of offerings to develop academically, professionally and personally. The financial aid package for this program covers the full estimated cost of attendance. 

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Information for New Students

Living on a college campus is an adjustment. That's why we developed a resource to make the process easier by helping all incoming students with things like knowing what to pack, milestones to expect, making the most of your life outside the classroom, and more.


hear from first generation students

‘It’s a Life Changer’

Brian Williams ’24 excelled in high school, which put him on Bentley’s radar when choosing its first class of FirstGen Presidential Fellows. 

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A Culture of Belonging

Ysanel Luciano ’22, a first-generation student majoring in Management with a concentration in Human Resources (HR) Management, shares how inclusion builds community. 

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We believe in these students and have seen firsthand the positive impact they have in our community.
Jane Griffin, PhD
Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and Director of the FirstGen Presidential Fellows program