Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 80.4

Bentley University

You may not know much about Bentley University, but know this: it has been rising up the ranks of the nation's business colleges. The university's curriculum places special emphasis on technology as well. The school has its own trading room, complete with dual-screen monitors and Bloomberg terminals, to train the over 4,200 undergrads and about 1,200 graduate students in trading, portfolio construction, corporate finance and risk management. Bentley's career services office excels at placing students in practical internships, and in a move that sets it apart from most colleges, it publishes detailed, major-specific career outcomes of its graduates for current students to consider while in school. The business coursework and hands-on experience often result in higher-paying jobs for graduates, who have median earnings over $100,000. In their off-hours, Bentley students can indulge in the nightlife and culture of nearby Boston, only a 30-minute drive away. One of the most popular events on campus each term is "Super Bingo," (once named "Greedy Bingo") in which students can win prizes, like tickets to an Ariana Grande concert, AirPods or a new iPhone. Students also have the opportunity to see big-name artists perform during the annual Spring Day event, which has featured Khalid, Tyga and T-Pain in the past.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$76,100
% of students who get any grants
75%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$45,200
Average price for low-income students
$23,300

Admissions

Acceptance rate
58%
Median SAT/ACT score
1320/26
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
4,160

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
85%
% of students who get merit grants
25%
Average merit grant
$20,120

Student Success

Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Median student debt
$25,000
Early career earnings
$107,970
% earning more than a high school grad
92%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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