#11 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Bentley Admission Requirements

Waltham, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Bentley University


Acceptance Rate 
Admission Difficulty for Bentley University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into Bentley and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Bentley is 58%.  It ranks #25 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Bentley is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 4,798 out of 8,298 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent (SAT 1180/1360 ACT 26/31). Bentley University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Bentley application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 7.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Bentley University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Bentley SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Bentley University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Bentley University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1360
Average SAT Score 1270

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Bentley University?

Bentley University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1270 out of 1600. Bentley ranks #16 in Massachusetts and #141 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 83 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bentley University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1360 and Above Good >72%
1270 to 1360 Avg + 58%-72%
1180 to 1270 Avg - 42%-58%
1090 to 1180 Reach 28%-42%
Less than 1090 Low <28%
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Bentley ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Bentley University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Bentley University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Bentley?

Admission data indicates that Bentley regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #17 in Massachusetts and #145 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bentley University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bentley University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >75%
28 to 31 Avg + 58%-75%
26 to 28 Avg - 45%-58%
24 to 26 Reach 33%-45%
Less than 24 Low <33%
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Bentley GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Bentley University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Bentley. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Bentley University was 3.75 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #18 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Bentley accepts 58% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.75 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

75% of Bentley University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Bentley University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 42%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Bentley University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,171 5,127 8,298
Accepted 1,980 2,818 4,798
Acceptance Rate 62% 55% 58%
Enrolled 368 568 936
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 7, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 141 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 7, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Bentley University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bentley University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Bentley University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bentley University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=164739 IPEDS survey data for Bentley University.


Does Bentley University prefer SAT or ACT?

83% of students submit their SAT scores to Bentley. 26% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Bentley University?

58% of those who apply are granted admission to Bentley. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Bentley University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1360. 83% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Bentley University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 26% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.