Bentley College: Narrative Description

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175 Forest St.
Waltham, MA 02452-4705
Tel: (781)891-2000
Free: 800-523-2354
Admissions: (781)891-2244
Fax: (781)891-3414
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1917. Setting: 143-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $169.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,651 per student. Total enrollment: 5,601. Faculty: 453 (265 full-time, 188 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 5,865 applied, 45% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 97% from top half. Full-time: 3,966 students, 41% women, 59% men. Part-time: 338 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 69 other countries, 45% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 8% international, 7% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at The Bentley-Brandeis-Regis Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Placement: SAT, ACT required. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision, 12/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/27 for early decision, 1/26 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $37,104 includes full-time tuition ($27,030), mandatory fees ($214), and college room and board ($9860). College room only: $5850. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1302 per course. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 90 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, Hall Council Advisory Board, WBTY. Major annual events: Homecoming Weekend, Spring Weekend, Midnight Madness. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security cameras. College housing designed to accommodate 3,127 students; 3,128 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Baker Library plus 1 other with 136,094 books, 1,744 microform titles, 16,848 serials, 5,850 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 4,441 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college represents the best of New England college campuses and provides an inviting atmosphere for study and socializing. Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just 10 miles from Boston, Bentley's 163-acre suburban campus puts the city's many resources within easy reach. Boston is the country's ultimate college town. From theater to art exhibits, dance clubs to alternative rock concerts, championship sports to championship shopping, Boston has the proverbial "something for everyone." The college offers a shuttle service into Cambridge at Harvard Square, and from there, the entire city of Boston is accessible via public transportation.

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