Bentley University

Bentley University
Former names
Bentley School of Accounting and Finance
Bentley College
Motto Paratus (Latin)
Motto in English
Type Private
Established 1917
Endowment $241.9 million (2016)[1]
President Alison Davis-Blake
Academic staff
Students 5,602
Undergraduates 4,203 (2017-2018)
Postgraduates 1,405
Location Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Campus Suburban
163 acres
Colors Blue, White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division II
Nickname Falcons
Mascot Flex the Falcon

Coordinates: 42°23′15″N 71°13′14″W / 42.387633°N 71.22061°W / 42.387633; -71.22061 Bentley University is a private co-educational university in Waltham, Massachusetts, 9 miles (14 km) west of Boston, focused on business. Founded in 1917 as a school of accounting and finance in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Bentley moved to Waltham in 1968. Bentley awards bachelor of science degrees in 14 business fields and bachelor of arts degrees in 11 arts and sciences disciplines, offering 36 minors spanning both arts and science and business disciplines. The graduate school emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, and offers PhD programs in Business and Accountancy, the Bentley MBA with 16 areas of concentration, an integrated MS+MBA, seven Master of Science degrees, several graduate certificate programs and custom executive education programs.

Bentley's athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCAA (except for men's hockey, which competes in Division I) and is known collectively as the Bentley Falcons. They compete in the Northeast-10 Conference.


Bentley University was founded in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance by Harry C. Bentley who served as the school’s president until 1953. In 1961, the college was accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Science degrees under President Morison, who moved the college from its Boylston Street address in Boston to its current day location in Waltham, Massachusetts. Gregory H. Adamian, a major driving force in the college's development, became the fourth president in 1970. Under his guidance, the college became accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1971 and graduate degrees in 1973. During this time, the school also changed its name to Bentley College. In 2002, Bentley College opened up a campus in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. The college was accredited to confer its first doctoral degrees in the fields of business and accountancy in 2005.[3] A main fixture of the campus, The Bentley Library, underwent a sweeping renovation in 2006 during which time the school's logo was changed to showcase the clock tower that sits atop the building.[4] One year later, Gloria Cordes Larson, a former state and federal government official and Boston-based lawyer became the first female president of Bentley College. In 2008, the school changed its name to Bentley University after being authorized by the state board of higher education to do so.[5] Alison Davis-Blake, the former dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, became Bentley's eighth president in July 2018.


In 1968, Bentley moved from downtown Boston to Waltham, Massachusetts, to accommodate an increasing number of students. The first buildings on the Waltham campus were built between 1965 and 1968. Today, the campus stretches across 163 acres (0.66 km2) of land, and is accessible by the MBTA 554 bus.

Bentley University's campus is divided into three parts: Upper Campus, Lower Campus and North Campus.

Upper Campus

Upper Campus contains most of the school's academic buildings and all of its classrooms. It is located on the North side of Beaver Street. Upper campus also contains all three freshman dorms, a few upperclassman dorms, and the University's bookstore.

Lower Campus

Lower Campus contains more upperclassman housing, the Dana Athletic Center and the Multi-Purpose Arena. It is connected to upper campus via a bridge over Beaver Street. It is located on the South side of Beaver Street.

North Campus

North Campus is located 1/2 mile North of the main entrance to Upper Campus on Forest Street. Transportation to and from North Campus is provided via shuttle bus. North Campus contains only residence hall buildings named: A, B, C and D. Residence halls A and B were opened in 2005 while C and D were opened in 2007 making North Campus the most recent addition to Bentley's housing facilities. Each building has 3 floors and include an elevator and 2 stairwells. Originally North Campus was intended to be graduate student housing but due to the sharp growth of enrollment it is occupied mostly by undergraduates.


U.S. News & World Report[6]

  • Top 10 Master's Universities in the North 2018 - Ranked 2nd
  • Top 50 Undergraduate Business Programs 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek[7]

  • Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2016 - Ranked 10th

Princeton Review[8]

  • Best Colleges for Career Services 2018 - Ranked 1st
  • Best Colleges for Career Services 2017 - Ranked 2nd
  • Best Colleges for Career Services 2016 - Ranked 1st

Graduate programs

Bentley User Experience Degree (San Francisco)

The Masters of Human Factors in Information Design program is offered on the West Coast, home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies.

Students take four of the required courses in California, five courses online, and the 10th course at Bentley’s User Experience Center. The one-week residency on campus, held August 1-5, enables students to experience the state-of-the-art center, meet faculty, and network with current students and alumni.

The program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of tech professionals and to draw students from a wide geographic area. Each course is being delivered in an executive format: three class meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, followed by four weeks of faculty monitored virtual team work, and closing with a Friday/Saturday meeting in the classroom. [9]

Student life

Club Sports at Bentley University

In addition to the intercollegiate and intramural programs, the university offers a number of club sports for students to take part in. These clubs are operated within the Student Activities department, and are financially supported by the student's activity fees. Club Sports include: cheerleading, dance team, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men's ultimate frisbee (2014 USA Ultimate Div-III Champions), women's ultimate frisbee, men's volleyball, men's hockey, women's hockey and sailing.

Campus media

  • The Vanguard: student-produced weekly on-campus newspaper[10]
  • Bentley TV: student-produced TV station broadcasting on channel 45 on campus.[11]
  • Piecework: student-produced annual literary magazine
  • Bentley Observer: staff-produced quarterly magazine for alumni[12]
  • WBTY - Radio Bentley: on-campus radio station, operating at 105.3 FM
  • Falcon Records (Massachusetts): An independent record label focused on promoted local artists in Boston and providing free and entertaining music to consumers.

Fraternities and sororities

There currently are eight recognized men’s fraternities at Bentley University: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Sigma Gamma Delta, and Sigma Pi. Six chapters are inter/national and are governed by the North American Interfraternity Conference. Two of the men’s organizations are local groups which mean that Bentley University is the only institution that house these chapters.

There currently are four recognized women’s sororities at Bentley University: Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Delta, and Phi Sigma Sigma. These chapters are governed by the National Panhellenic Conference or the National Association of Latina/Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Greek organizations raised over $60,000 through philanthropic events held on campus. Sigma Chi fraternity raised over $20,000 through their Hairless for Huntsman Foundation.


Bentley's mascot is "Flex the Falcon". The university has 23 men's and women's varsity teams. All of the teams compete in the Northeast-10 Conference at the NCAA Division II level, with the exception of the men's hockey program, which was one of the original six founding teams of Atlantic Hockey at the Division I level.

Bentley is also home to one of the best rugby programs in the Northeast winning two national Division III titles as well as winning the 2008 Beast of the East tournament.

In 2001, Bentley Field Hockey won the NCAA Division II national championship.

In 2012, the Bentley Men's Cross Country team finished 26th in the nation at Division II XC Nationals.

Likewise in 2015, the Bentley Men's cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships and finished 30th in the nation.

After beating Saint Michael's College by a score of 85-65 on February 23, 2008, Bentley University Men's Basketball team set the record for the longest regular season winning streak in Division II history. Additionally, Bentley has men's, women's, and co-ed intramural programs for the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

The Bentley Women's Basketball team completed the 2013-2014 season with a 35-0 record, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship.

The Bentley Men's Ultimate Frisbee team won USA Ultimate's Division III College Championship in 2014.[13]

Notable alumni


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  8. "Best Colleges for Career Services | The Princeton Review". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  10. "The Vanguard: Official Student Newspaper of Bentley University". The Vanguard. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  11. Archived October 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  14. "Hispanic Business, June 2007. "Hispanic Business, Shining Through" Derek Reveron". Archived from the original on February 22, 2014.
  15. "PAYNE, Frederick George, (1904 - 1978)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
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