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Service-learning is a form of experiential education that balances classroom instruction with the opportunity to serve in the community, providing students invaluable real-world skills.

Our faculty and students alike share a core belief that an education cannot be confined to the classroom. That’s why our students are encouraged to take their knowledge and talents into the world around them, helping the people who need it most while developing the vibrant, vital civic skills employers crave.


As Bentley students, we know civic engagement is an integral part of our college experience.

Aaron Pinet, Participated in Prospect Hill Project

Service–learning here isn’t a fad. We’ve been a national leader in the field for more than 20 years, and it shows: more than 1,000 students and 100 faculty members take part annually, making service–learning the most popular program on campus, by far. This past year alone, Bentley students worked with 60 community partners at 80 sites in and around Boston, helping their neighbors, both young and old, with such issues as poverty and sustainability, ESOL and basic computer skills, accounting at tax time and tutoring after school.

Through the Bentley Service–Learning Center, our students become mentors and collaborators with area nonprofits and start-ups, using what they learn in the classroom to develop marketing plans, build websites and write grant applications. Along the way, they can earn academic credit through our Fourth Credit Option or a Service–Learning Certificate, showing potential employers their understanding of how social responsibility plays a key role in the American business world.

Most important, they’re empowering our partners and making the community around them a better place to live, work and study. Because sometimes the best way to prepare to become a leader tomorrow is to roll up your sleeves and be a leader today.