Bentley Admission Requirements

Waltham, Massachusetts

Chances of getting into Bentley University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Bentley University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Bentley and can I get accepted? The school has a 43% acceptance rate ranking it #21 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,998 out of 9,252 applicants were admitted making Bentley a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 16 percent. Bentley University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at Bentley, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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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 600
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1240
SAT Scores for Bentley University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1410
Average SAT Score 1330

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Bentley University typically requires applicants to be in the top 19 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1240 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 1150. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1330 out of 1600. The school ranks #14 in Massachusetts 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 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Bentley University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1410 and Above Good >56%
1325 to 1410 Avg + 43%-56%
1240 to 1325 Avg - 31%-43%
1155 to 1240 Reach 21%-31%
Less than 1155 Low <21%
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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 26
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Bentley University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

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 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #13 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Bentley University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bentley University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >56%
30 to 32 Avg + 43%-56%
28 to 30 Avg - 31%-43%
26 to 28 Reach 21%-31%
Less than 26 Low <21%
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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 #13 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Bentley will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 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.

High School Class Rank

83% 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 45%
Top 25% of class 83%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Bentley University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,404 5,848 9,252
Accepted 1,668 2,330 3,998
Acceptance Rate 49% 40% 43%
Enrolled 392 622 1,014
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 27% 25%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 7, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

Bentley University Admission 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

Connecticut College

New London, Connecticut

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville, New York

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

Yeshiva University

New York, New York

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?

43% of those who apply are granted admission to Bentley. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional 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 1240 and 1410. 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 28 and 32. 26% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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