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Bentley College

Bentley University
Motto Paratus (Prepared)
Endowment $192.7 million[1]
President Gloria Cordes Larson
Academic staff 484
Undergraduates 4,157 Full Time
Postgraduates 1,405
Doctoral students 40
Location Waltham, MA, USA
Campus Suburban, 163 acres
Athletics 23 varsity teams
NCAA Division II

Royal blue and White

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, 10 miles (16 km) west of Boston. Founded in 1917 as a school of accounting and finance in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Bentley moved to Waltham in 1968. As a business university, Bentley University's mission is to create new knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences and to educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders. Bentley provides a focused undergraduate business curriculum with bachelor of science degrees in 11 business fields and bachelor of arts degrees in 6 arts and sciences 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, 7 Master of Science degrees, 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]


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. Below is a list of the major buildings found on Upper Campus.

Non-Residence Hall Buildings

  • Bentley Library: opened 1968
  • Jennison Hall: opened 1968
  • LaCava Campus Center: opened 1968
  • Morison Hall: opened 1968
  • Lindsay Hall: home of the Koumantzelis Auditorium; opened 1969
  • Adamian Academic Center: opened 1983
  • President's House: opened 1983
  • Rauch Administration Center: opened 1986
  • Smith Academic Technology Center: opened 2000
  • Student Center: opened 2002

Residence Halls

  • Tree Dorms (Alder, Birch, Cedar, Elm, Maple, Oak, Spruce): opened 1968
  • Boylston Apartments (A and B): opened 1972
  • Rhodes Apartments: opened 1973
  • Kresge Hall: opened 1975
  • Forest Hall: opened 1976
  • Slade Hall: opened 1977
  • Miller Hall: opened 1979
  • Collins Hall: opened 1980
  • Falcone Apartments (North, West, East): opened 1985

Lower Campus

Lower Campus contains all of the school's athletic facilities and some of its newest dormitories. It is located on the South side of Beaver Street. Below is a list of the major buildings found on Lower Campus.

Non-Residence Hall Buildings

  • Lewis Hall: originally built in the 1800s, acquired by Bentley College in 1968
  • Dana Athletic Center: opened 1973

Residence Hall Buildings

  • The Castle: opened 1975
  • The Cape: opened 1986
  • Orchard North & South: opened 1988
  • Copley North & South: opened Summer 2001
  • Fenway Hall: opened Fall 2004

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 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 2013 - ranked 4th
  • Top 50 Undergraduate Business Programs 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek[7]

  • Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013 - ranked 20th

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, women's ultimate frisbee, and sailing.

Campus media

  • Bentley TV: student-produced TV station broadcasting on channel 45 on campus. [8]
  • The Vanguard: student-produced weekly on-campus newspaper[9]
  • Piecework: student-produced annual literary magazine
  • Bentley Observer: staff-produced quarterly magazine for alumni[10]
  • WBTY - Radio Bentley: on-campus radio station, operating at 105.3 FM

Fraternities and sororities

There currently are seven recognized men’s fraternities at Bentley University: Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Gamma Delta, Sigma Pi, and Sigma Chi. Four 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 and there is one colony now on campus that of Sigma Chi. There currently are five recognized women’s sororities at Bentley University: Alpha Phi, Delta Phi Epsilon, Gamma Phi Beta, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, and Phi Sigma Sigma. These chapters are governed by the National Panhellenic Conference or the National Association of Latina/Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc.


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

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.

Notable alumni


External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
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