Impressions Of
Bentley University

Academic Experience

Female Finance Major C/O 2021

Is there anything you feel Bentley has done particularly well or poorly so far academically?
They give a lot of resources to the students that are helpful if you don’t understand your work. There are a lot of tutor labs. I personally found the Eco-Fi lab pretty helpful, it teaches economics, finance, and statistics.

How accessible are your professors?
They have office hours weekly, but I’ve never had a problem meeting with them outside of those. If I have class during their office hours, I just email them asking to set up another time to meet, and I’ve never had an issue meeting them.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think we have a really good learning environment here. The classes are fairly small and the professors know everyone’s name. Combined with the tutor labs, Bentley really makes sure that you can get individual attention if you need to. It’s collaborative in that in my classes people will make a group chat and we will meet up to study. I think it’s competitive in that we all push each other. With internships and jobs, there are a lot of people that have really good ones, so that makes you want to get a better job too and be more successful. It’s healthy because the student body pushes you to be your best self.

Female Economics-Finance and Liberal Studies Double Major C/O 2021

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
For my Economics-Finance major, it’s mostly based on two or three exams. For my Finance class, we have one midterm and one final, which is most of the weight, and the rest is based on group projects, participation, and homework. For my Economics class, it’s entirely based on how you do on two midterms, a final, and two quizzes. It differs on the professor, but for the most part, that’s what it’s like for most of the classes.

Is there anything you feel either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
The Finance department is really strong at Bentley. The level of education that we get is really good. I started taking Principles of Accounting and Finance during my first year. All students have to take two Accounting and Finance classes because of the General Business Core. On top of that, they provide a lot of resources for jobs, networking, and things like that. The Economics department is also pretty good but is not as developed as the Finance department.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
A lot of it is focused on group work. That is something the professors always emphasize. In pretty much every General Business Core class that we take there will be at least one group project. It differs between classes, for example, the Management course that I’m in now is a lot of lectures.

Male Managerial Economics and Global Perspectives Double Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
It can be both. Bentley asked employers what they look for in a Bentley student when they go through the interview process and employers said they wanted students to be able to work in teams, so Bentley incorporates that into the classroom. In general, there is a lot of group work and group assignments at Bentley. The culture at Bentley is very much work hard play hard. Everyone is here for their future and people will be competitive because they’re worried about landing internships and full-time positions. It’s not competitive in the sense that people are working against each other because people are also there for the connections. They are competitive in that they are trying to work for themselves and their own success.

How was transitioning academically to Bentley as a first-generation student? Were there any systems in place to help you adapt?
At first, it was a little difficult. My sister goes to Bentley and she hangs out with a lot of people who are in Greek life and predominantly White, so I at first saw Bentley only through her perspective. Before I came, Bentley tried to reach out to me as much as they could and they tried to get me involved in their minority events. They do an overnight visit program for prospective students of color to visit current students of color at Bentley. I did that program and that’s how I realized that Bentley actually is diverse, and then once I participated in MOSAIC as an incoming freshman and that gave me that extra confidence to meet whoever I wanted to and take advantage of opportunities. That really helped me with that transition period.

 

Social Opportunities

Female Finance Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Bentley?
I’m in a sorority and we have socials usually once a weekend. We’ll pair with a frat and have something between us. I have a good amount of homework and I like to save my going out for the weekends, so I’ll just go out Friday and Saturday and occasionally I’ll go for dinner or something on Thursday night.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
As far as other activities, I’ve gone into Boston for dinner with my friends and have gone to the movies. There’s a lot of really cool things you can do in Boston. You can do a lot around here. We also like to go to the Burlington Mall.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
I think it really helps if you’re a guy or a girl because it gives you lots of connections with people who are the people who have the parties. If you’re in a sorority or a frat, there are parties for your group so you always have a connection. [About 17% of undergraduates are involved in Greek life.]

Female Economics-Finance and Liberal Studies Double Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Bentley?
Mostly I prefer to stay on campus, but when I turn 21 I will go to Boston more. There are a lot of things going on in apartments or suite style places on campus. Those are normally hosted by either random people or fraternities or clubs. There are also frat houses off campus, but we don’t have a fraternity row, they’re scattered across Waltham so people have to drive there and back. Parties at fraternities are more popular among freshmen.

How happy are you with the weekend activities at Bentley? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I’m pretty happy with it now because I’m in a business fraternity and there is a big social aspect to that. Sophomore year you’re more so just looking forward to junior year when you turn 21 and you can go out to the bars in Boston.

Male Managerial Economics and Global Perspectives Double Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Bentley?
There’s no on-campus housing for Greek life, so there’s a lot of stuff going on off-campus. Most of the time there are people who are driving you to and from different Greek houses near campus. I personally like to hang out with friends or go into the city, but it depends on the weekend. If there is a big concert or a bigger weekend like St. Paddy’s Weekend or Marathon Monday, we’ll go into the city. If it’s a smaller weekend, I tend to stay on campus and go to different parties on campus at peoples’ apartments or off-campus houses where people live together or just Greek life houses. Sports teams will throw parties as well.

How happy are you with the weekend activities at Bentley? Is there anything you would change if you could?
On a scale of 1-10, I’m at a 7. I think our school spirit is down. At other schools the game days look like they’re really fun, but that’s also a tradeoff of going to a smaller school instead of a bigger school. The nightlife is what you make of it. If you want to have a good time you can, you just have to get out of your comfort zone.

Campus Culture

Female Undeclared on Major in C/O 2022

How would you describe the overall social scene?
There’s a lot going on. There are frat parties. The athletes have houses and have parties there. The South Asian Student Association will have parties. People don’t necessarily stick to the group they’re in and there are things for everybody to do. Like, I have a bunch of White friends who have been to the South Asian Student Association’s parties.

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Bentley is predominantly White, there is no doubt about that. There are cultural clubs, like the South Asian Student Association, where [people of a certain race] will all hang out together, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they only hang out with each other. [Just over half of the population of Bentley is White.]

How has the size of Bentley impacted your experience? [Bentley has about 4,200 undergraduates.]
I like the size. It’s not a huge school, so I see people I know all the time. I like being able to go to the dining hall with one friend and run into more people we know and sit down with them. I also like that it’s big enough that there are many people I don’t know.

Female Economics-Finance and Liberal Studies Double Major C/O 2021

How would you describe the overall social scene?
There’s a lot of different groups on campus. A lot of people tend to make their friends and customize their nightlife based on what group they’re a part of or what club or frat they’re part of because that’s their personal group.

How would you describe the student body?
We’re very business minded. There’s a big work hard play hard mentality. Overall, it’s not as diverse as other schools, but there is a big international population. [About 22% of students are international students at Bentley.]

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
There’s a little bit of mixing, but it’s pretty divided and people tend to have their own groups. I think that stems from [people of color] being in different cultural student organizations. Most of my friends are Asian. [Just over half of the population of Bentley is White.]

Male Managerial Economics and Global Perspectives Double Major C/O 2021

To what extent do you feel people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Race-wise, a lot of people who are in the Multicultural Center and the people in those friend groups like to stay confined to those groups. There are others who are more integrated on campus like I am, but it’s less common with minorities because they tend to stick with who they’re comfortable with. In terms of sexual orientation, people are pretty integrated on campus. I haven’t come across one group of people who are all LGBT.

How would you describe the student body?
I would define the student body as work hard play hard. Everyone is super career oriented and are trying to think about their future. At the same time, they still do like to have a good time and make the most out of their college years. People are on the more preppier side, but it doesn’t feel like I’m going to a boarding school because there is a lot of diversity. [Just over half of the population of Bentley is White.]

Waltham, MA

Pros of

  • “It’s a city but the specific location of Bentley doesn’t have that feel. You get more of a calm, homey feel. There are only a few roads and the only buildings are university buildings, so you have that sense of not being in a city.”
  • “I think the small campus feel gets you more willing to be involved on campus. You can get close to your professors because it’s a smaller campus so you’re not just a number to them and closer to your peers.”
  • “It’s accessible to Boston but it’s not in a city. There are a lot of places to have internships within a 30-minute radius.”
  • “We’re close to Boston and have a shuttle that takes us into Harvard Square and then you can take the train into Boston. I’ve done that several times to go to Red Sox and Bruins games.”

Cons of

  • “There’s traffic that comes with being close to a city.”
  • “The town and campus are very hilly. The campus is built on a hill so you’re constantly going up hills and stairs. Getting up at 7 or 8 in the morning and walking up a bunch of stairs isn’t the most pleasant thing.”
  • “We are a little bit away from the public transportation of the Boston area, so we are disconnected. I think if we were a little closer to the city it’d be more appealing.”
  • “It’s hard to get around if you don’t have a car.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Finance Major C/O 2022

What is something you wish you knew about Bentley before you entered as a freshman?
Sports here aren’t as big as I desired. It’s not a huge deal for me, but I personally am a big sports guy and would have liked to know if this school was a big sports school or not. I would have wanted to know that people do go to sporting events here, but it’s not as much as I’d expect for a Division II school.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
Find out about the courses you have to take freshman year because on the tours I wasn’t informed about this. The courses you take freshman year are pretty well-balanced and super beneficial. If I knew the extent of what I had to take freshman year, it would have influenced my decision more because I feel like I’ve learned a lot and have been exposed to business more so than what I thought I would get in my freshman year.

Female Finance Major C/O 2021

What is something you wish you knew about Bentley before you entered as a freshman?
The only bad thing here is the food. I wish I knew that because I would have gone on a lower meal plan. They have restaurants on campus that are good, but the dining hall food isn’t good. There’s a meal plan that is weighted more heavily on discretionary money, so I would have done that.

What is something a prospective student interested in Greek life may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
It’s really positive. At least with the sorority I’m in, we focus a lot on philanthropy and community service. I know that nationally Greek life has gotten a bad reputation, but, overall, it’s really good at Bentley. Everyone is just trying to make friends and it’s a really great way to expand your network too. You don’t think of it that way when you’re a freshman, but when there are people from your Greek organization in the workforce they can help you out.

Female Undeclared on Major in C/O 2022

What is something you wish you knew about Bentley before entering as a freshman?
That the dining hall food is not that good.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that is worth checking out?
I’d try to shadow a student for a weekend so you can see what really goes on here.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Bentley University

To Attend

  • “They are really good at teaching you all aspects of business. If business is what you want to do, it gives you a lot of good perspectives because you take a course in every different concentration. Once you graduate you’ll be exposed to marketing, management, finance, accounting, and so forth. That will give you a leg up on somebody who has only taken classes in their specific business major.”
  • “Career services are really good. They have a 99% job placement rate which is really impressive. You really get the vibe that the alumni are willing to help. If you message them on LinkedIn or ask them to coffee if they’re campus, they’re receptive to that. For me, the point of going to college is to get a job, so this school is really appealing to me because they’re so good at that.”
  • “There’s a place for everyone socially even though it’s a small community. There are a lot of social opportunities.”
  • “How well-recognized the school is both nationally and internationally. There are so many international students that come and I think that’s for a reason.” [About 15% of undergraduates are international students.]

To Not Attend

  • “If you aren’t the type of go-getter person. A lot of [your success at Bentley] is based on doing it on your own.”
  • “The food is not good, but they say they’re working on it.”
  • “Bentley doesn’t have a lot of school spirit in terms of athletics. If you want to watch sports, it’s not the school to come to.”
  • “The school much more geared towards the business students. If you don’t love business, you’ll hear about it every day.”
  • “If you’re someone who needs an amazing social life and needs to do something every weekend, then the social life aspect might not be the best. There aren’t any gameday tailgates or anything like that.”
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