Bentley University

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Bentley University can be found in Waltham, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Around 6,300 students are enrolled at Bentley University.

Many of the students that got into Bentley University got an SAT score within the range of 1690 - 1960, or got accepted with an ACT composite score between 26 - 30. We were able to estimate the Bentley University average GPA (3.42 - 3.64) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Bentley University admits roughly 40 percent of those that apply. Of those that are accepted, about 30 percent registered for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Bentley University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Bentley University was reported as 43.8% in Fall 2013 with over 7,490 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1690 - 1960
  • ACT Scores: 26 - 30
  • Average GPA: 3.42 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Bentley University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Bentley University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bentley University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 42.6%
  • 2010-2011: 46.4%
  • 2011-2012: 43.3%
  • 2012-2013: 45.1%
  • 2013-2014: 43.8%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 44.3%

How Does Bentley University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bentley University is twenty-seven percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Brandeis University37.0%
Lasell College76.1%
Regis College72.4%
Lesley University67.5%
Wheelock College73.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bentley University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 630
Math600 - 680
Writing550 - 650
Total Score1690 - 1960
ACT®Score Range
English0 - 0
Math0 - 0
Composite Score26 - 30
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