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Bentley University

Waltham, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate61%
Acceptance Rate61%

Bentley University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Bentley University, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the fee for the application costs $75.

Students who submit their applications to Bentley University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 31.

Bentley University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Bentley University's admissions stats.

Bentley University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 36%
Mean SAT Score 1325
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 27%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
Waitlist Yes

Bentley University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bentley University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 23
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 5
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes January 1 March 31

Applying Early to Bentley University?

Bentley University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 23.

🗓️ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 5.

The early decision acceptance rate at Bentley University is 70%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 61%. In 2022, Bentley University admitted 282 of the 401 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bentley University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Bentley University?

It is very difficult to get into Bentley University. Bentley University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Bentley University accepted 61% of students, around 5,674 of the 9,311 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Bentley University, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Bentley University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Bentley University

In 2022, Bentley University waitlisted 1,587 students and 454 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 166 eventually were offered a spot.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Bentley University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Bentley University

What does Bentley University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Academic GPA Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with Bentley University for more information on admission factors.

Bentley University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Bentley University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Bentley University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bentley University?

Bentley University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25% submitted a class rank. At Bentley University 36% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 68% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bentley University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 ––
3.50 and 3.74 ––
3.25 and 3.49 ––
3.00 and 3.24 ––
2.50 and 2.9 ––
2.00 and 2.49 ––

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bentley University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Bentley University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Bentley University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 27% of Bentley University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Bentley University?

To be competitive with other Bentley University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1260 and 1403 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bentley University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1403 and 25% of scored lower than 1260, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Bentley University student is 1325.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bentley University students scored 723 or higher and 75% of students scored 610 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bentley University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 610 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Bentley University?

To be most competitive at Bentley University, you should strive to earn between 28 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bentley University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bentley University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Bentley University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Bentley University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Bentley University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Bentley University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bentley University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bentley University.

Does Bentley University accept transfer credits?

✅ Bentley University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Bentley University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Bentley University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bentley University?

❌ No, Bentley University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Bentley University's acceptance rate?

✅ Bentley University has an acceptance rate of 61%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bentley University?

✅ Bentley University's early decision acceptance rate was 70% in 2021.

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Bentley University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Bentley University? Bentley University is a very selective institution. The Bentley University acceptance rate is 61%. This means that the institution accepts 60 out of every 100 applicants.


Bentley University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bentley University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bentley University is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bentley University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1403


Math SAT Range

630 - 723


Reading SAT Range

610 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1403 and Above


1260 to 1403


1260 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bentley University students is 1325. Applicants with SAT scores of 1403 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bentley University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1403 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bentley University.

Bentley University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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