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Transfer FAQ's

Here are some frequently asked questions for transfer students.

Q: Who is considered a transfer student?

A: Those with a high school diploma or GED credential who have completed at least one semester of full-time study (or a minimum of 12 academic credits) at a college or university- or who is pursuing that study at the time of their application to Bentley- are eligible to apply as a transfer student.

Q: When will I be notified of an admission decision?

A: The Admission Committee begins reviewing candidates shortly before the application deadline. You will be notified of an admission decision on a rolling basis, starting after the application deadline.

Q: How can I check my application to make sure everything was received?

A: You can log onto your BentleyConnect account to check the status of your application. Please note: We require official transcripts from all secondary schools attended, along with confirmation of graduation, as well as official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Q: Are scholarships available for transfer students?

A: Yes. A limited number of scholarships are available for transfer students and start at $5,000 per academic year and are renewable if all conditions are met.  We also offer Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships to community college transfer students who are members of this organization.  Ten $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year to the most qualified applicants.  To be considered, applicants must be complete by the deadline.

Q: Is financial assistance available for transfer students?

A: Bentley is committed to assisting transfer students and their families meet the financial obligations of a Bentley University education. Need-based aid is available for eligible U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. To apply for assistance, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) and applicants who wish to be considered for Bentley need-based funding must also complete the CSS Profile.  If you would like to learn more about the dates and deadlines for financial aid, please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website.

Q: How will I know which courses will transfer to Bentley?

A: Admitted students will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation shortly after receiving an acceptance letter. The evaluation will list all courses that Bentley accepts, along with an equivalency designation. All academic work is evaluated on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please see our Transfer Credit Policies.

Q: When am I required to declare my major?

A: Applicants are admitted to Bentley University, as opposed to a specific academic program or department. Those entering as transfer students are expected to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. Admitted students with advanced sophomore standing declare an academic major soon after entering the university.

Q: Can I study abroad if I transfer to Bentley?

A: There are many education abroad programs that you can pursue, including short-term options. Consult with an adviser early in your studies at Bentley to begin course selection and the other elements of planning.

Q: Is housing available for transfer students?

A: Generally, on-campus housing is available for transfer students, provided that you have requested housing on the Common Application and all appropriate housing application forms and the enrollment deposit are received by specified deadlines.

Q: Can I have a car on campus?

A: Transfer students who enter with at least 10 transferable courses (i.e. 30 credits) are permitted to have a car on campus, as are all commuter students.

Q: Is there a commuter association on campus?

A: Yes. Although a small percentage of Bentley students commute, this association receives a great deal of support on campus. The commuter student lounge is a popular hangout for students to meet and study.

Q: Are orientation programs available for transfer students?

A: Bentley offers a full transfer orientation program for all incoming students, held just before the beginning of each semester. Prior to this event, all transfer students register for courses online. In addition, all transfers participate in a transfer seminar, which provides an interactive overview about Bentley.