Bentley University was established in 1917 in the city of Boston in Massachusetts. In 1968 the university moved to its current location in Waltham, nine miles outside Boston. Originally set up as a school of accounting and finance Bentley has since broadened its offering to include arts and sciences but has retained its original focus on business as well.
Originally called the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, the school was founded by Harry C Bentley a leading business teacher and author. The first class graduated in 1920 and the university officially became coeducational in 1942. The graduate school opened in 1973 offering programs in accounting and taxation and in 1995 Bentley’s high tech trading room opened, enabling students to learn in a realistic environment.
Situated on a charming New England campus just outside Boston Bentley is the picture of a small American university, red brick buildings, clock tower, spreading trees and grassy lawns for students to relax on.
Bentley has a relatively small number of students, most being undergraduate, with a small minority of the student body made up of international students from a large number of different countries. A large proportion of Bentley students study abroad during their time at university in one of the 50+ international study programs on offer.
Bentley’s aim is to fuse business teaching with the arts and sciences, creating graduates who are able to make a real impact in their chosen field. The university currently offers around 25 majors and 35 minors. The postgraduate courses focus on the impact of technology on business practice and the university also offers custom executive education programs.