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Transferring to Bentley

A new university. A new you.

Why Bentley?

Maybe you're looking for a more innovative business curriculum or you want a smaller school with more intimate class sizes. Some students love living and studying near Boston. No matter what you're looking for, your decision to transfer is significant.

We'll work closely with you to make sure your transition to Bentley is as smooth as possible. That way, you can focus on the reason you’re here: To prepare yourself to lead and succeed in today’s global marketplace.

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Bentley has exceeded everything I could’ve imagined. I never thought I’d meet a good group of friends and get that whole college experience. I never thought I'd be able to have two or three internships.
Chris Conroy
Management Major
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We want to make your transition to Bentley as smooth as possible. Here are some offices and resources that can help.

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Orientation for transfer students

All new students attend an on-campus Orientation prior to the first day of classes. During the Orientation, you’ll meet faculty, staff and fellow students, learn about campus and officially become part of the Bentley community.

 

 

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Transfer seminar

As a transfer student, you'll participate in a five-week seminar to ease your academic and personal transition to Bentley. The seminar is led by a staff member who also serves as an academic adviser. 

 

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Academic advising

The Office of Academic Services helps every student throughout their academic career. With support from Academic Services, you'll create an individual education plan to help you attain your goals.  

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Top-ranked Career Services

The Bentley Office of Career Services is ranked No. 3 in the country by the Princeton Review. The staff offers advising, programming, recruiting and networking for all Bentley students and alumni.

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Academic and technology centers

Bentley's business-oriented innovation centers and learning facilities are equipped with industry tools and support staff to assist you.

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Career development course

All first-year and transfer students are encouraged to take Career Development Introduction Seminar (CDI 101), an innovative seven-week program designed to help you get a jump start on thinking about your career goals. 

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Transfer interviews

Transfer interviews are a terrific opportunity to learn more about the Bentley experience, share information about yourself that is not available in your application, and to ask questions. Visit our calendar to schedule your transfer interview. If you can't make it to campus, we offer virtual interviews.  

Campus tours

Student-led campus tours are available throughout the week. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and can be scheduled online. If you can't find a time that works for you, contact us at +1(781)-891-2244 to make arrangements.

Information sessions

Information sessions are a great way for you to learn more about Bentley. You’ll learn about everything from our dynamic learning environment to career preparation to the admission process. Information sessions typically last 30 to 40 minutes and are followed by a 60-minute tour of campus. 

Personalized advising

Meet one-on-one with a transfer admission counselor. Bring your college transcripts (including in-process courses) to be reviewed and we'll provide a tentative transfer credit award and specific information on completing your degree. Advising sessions are 30 minutes each, and available in-person, by phone or online.

College visits

We visit a number of community colleges throughout the United States each year. Please check back for dates in your area.

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Finding a home on campus

For Mackenzie, being a transfer student did not mean that she would miss out on the full college experience at Bentley. In fact, she made sure of it — and even says it was “incredibly easy” to get involved.

Read Mackenzie's Story

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I really wanted more from my college experience, so I looked into transferring to a better business school, which led me to Bentley. It had everything I wanted.
Carolyn Jenkins
Marketing Major

Transfer Student FAQs

You’ve got questions about transferring to Bentley. We’ve got answers.
 

Who is considered a transfer student?

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 are pursuing at the time of their application to Bentley — are eligible to apply as a transfer student.

When will I be notified of an admission decision?

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.

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

You can log onto your BentleyConnect account to check the status of your application. Please note that 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. You will receive an email with your user name for BentleyConnect after your application is received.

Is financial assistance available for transfer students?

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. Visit the Office of Financial Assistance website for more information.

How will I know which courses will transfer to Bentley?

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.

When am I required to declare my major?

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.

Can I study abroad if I transfer to Bentley?

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.

Is housing available for transfer students?

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.

Can I have a car on campus?

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.

Is there a commuter association on campus?

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.

Are orientation programs available for transfer students?

Bentley offers a transfer orientation program for incoming students. Prior to this event, transfer students are invited to a registration program to select courses before the academic semester begins. 

Bentley's Transfer Credit Policies

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Contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission

Academic Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Summer Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Phone: +1(781)-891-2244; +1(800)-523-2354
Fax: +1(781)-891-3414
Email: ugadmission@bentley.edu