Bentley University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,790
7.45% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$42,759
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.884%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
57.8%
8,298 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
5,177
87.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
89.6%
876 Graduates

About

Bentley University is a higher education institution located in Middlesex County, MA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bentley University were General Finance (243 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (146 degrees), and General Business Administration & Management (144 degrees).

In 2020, 1,755 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bentley University. 48.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 51.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (968 degrees), 6.54 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (148 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bentley University is $53,790, which is $31,260 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bentley University is $53,790, which is $31,260 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $42,759.

In 2020, 75% of undergraduate students attending Bentley University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 45% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,790
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Bentley University was $53,790. The cost of tuition at Bentley University is $31,260 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$42,759
2020 Value
2.83%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Bentley University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $42,759. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Bentley University grew by 2.83%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,960
Room and Board
$1,300
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bentley University was of $16,960 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300. The cost of room and board increased by 3.92% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.775% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

75%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
45%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

75% of undergraduate students at Bentley University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 10.3% with respect to 2019, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.884%
2018 Default Rate
7
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Bentley University was 0.884%, which represents 7 out of the 792 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bentley University received 8,298 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 7.97% annual decline. Out of those 8,298 applicants, 4,798 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 57.8% acceptance rate.

There were 5,177 students enrolled at Bentley University in 2020, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bentley University has an overall enrollment yield of 19.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

57.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
4,798
Accepted Out of 8,298

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bentley University was 57.8% (4,798 admissions from 8,298 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 46.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −7.97%, while admissions grew by 13.9%.

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SAT Scores

85%
Submission Percentage
798
Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at Bentley University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bentley University has a total enrollment of 5,177 students. The full-time enrollment at Bentley University is 4,519 students and the part-time enrollment is 658. This means that 87.3% of students enrolled at Bentley University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bentley University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.7% White, 9.1% Asian, 7.86% Hispanic or Latino, 4.23% Black or African American, 2.7% Two or More Races, 0.135% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0193% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bentley University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (36.7%), followed by White Female (21.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (4.94%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (20%), followed by White Female (14.5%) and Black or African American Male (3.91%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bentley University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,177 students. The full-time enrollment at Bentley University is 4,519 and the part-time enrollment is 658. This means that 87.3% of students enrolled at Bentley University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bentley University was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Bentley University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,882
  2. Asian
    471
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    407

The enrolled student population at Bentley University is 55.7% White, 9.1% Asian, 7.86% Hispanic or Latino, 4.23% Black or African American, 2.7% Two or More Races, 0.135% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0193% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 165 students (3.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 43 fewer women than men received degrees from Bentley University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bentley University is white (968 degrees awarded). There were 6.54 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (148 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bentley University is General Finance (243 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (146 degrees) and General Business Administration & Management (144 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Bentley University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Business (1,332 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (31 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (48 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bentley University are Accountants & auditors (1,058,664 people), Other managers (750,197 people), Software developers (592,146 people), Financial managers (470,902 people), and Chief executives & legislators (380,277 people).

The most specialized majors at Bentley University are Business (1,332 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (31 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (48 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (79 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (126 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bentley University are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Bentley University are Business (1,332 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (31 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (48 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (79 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (126 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bentley University are Computer Systems Design (973,576 people), Elementary & secondary schools (727,338 people), Banking & related activities (548,858 people), Insurance carriers (490,032 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (486,774 people).

The most specialized majors at Bentley University are Business (1,332 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (31 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (48 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (79 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (126 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bentley University.
Most Common
  1. 243 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 146 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 144 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bentley University was General Finance with 243 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

899
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
856
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 899 degrees were awarded to men at Bentley University, which is 1.05 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (856).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 209 degrees were awarded to men at Bentley University in General Finance, which is 2.61 times more than the 80 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 137 degrees were awarded to women at Bentley University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.979 times less than the 140 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

82%
100% Completion Time
89%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 82% of students graduating from Bentley University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 89% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 89% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (95.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bentley University is Female and Asian (95.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.74% of graduates (24 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    968 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    148 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    102 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bentley University is white (968 degrees awarded). There were 6.54 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (148 degrees).

4.44% of degree recipients (78 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    551 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    417 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    84 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bentley University is white male (551 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (417 degrees).

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Operations

Bentley University has an endowment valued at nearly $263M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−3.68%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Bentley University had a total salary expenditure of $214M. Bentley University employs 91 Professors, 84 Lecturers, and 55 Assistant professors. Most academics at Bentley University are Male Professors (51), Male Lecturers(50), and Female Professors (40).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bentley University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 116 employees, Management, with 112 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 75 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$263M
2020 Endowment
8.01%
decline from 2019

Bentley University has an endowment valued at about $263M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Bentley University declined 8.01% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $224M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.08M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Bentley University received $4.08M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$108M
2020 Salaries
0.0678%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Bentley University paid a median of $108M in salaries, which represents 50.4% of their overall expenditure ($214M) and a 0.0678% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 11.5% growth from 2018 and a 5.75% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$37.7M
Instructional Salaries
283
Number of Employees

In 2020, Bentley University paid a total of $37.7M to 283 employees working as instructors, which represents 35% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
91 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
116 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bentley University were Professor with 91 employees; Lecturer with 84 employees; and Lecturer with 55 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bentley University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 116 employees; Management with 112 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 75 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Lecturer
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bentley University was Male Professor with 51 employees, Male Lecturer with 50 employees, and Female Professor with 40 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Bentley University.

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