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Bentley University

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    Waltham, MA
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  • Summary

    A strong business school just outside Boston, Bentley's small but intense classes and its internship program strive to prepare students for the real world.

    Bentley's focus on technology sets it apart from its competitors. Students enjoy cutting-edge facilities, including an interactive trading floor that serves both as a classroom and as preparation for the real business world. At almost 5,000 undergrads, Bentley straddles the line between a small

    and a medium-size school: students enjoy a tightly-knit residential campus with a lively social scene -- and their own pub! They also enjoy accessible professors, top-notch connections that can lead to jobs and internships with what are known as "the big four," and modern amenities and facilities.

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    When you tell people you go to Bentley, you can def. see that "he/she must be smart" look on their face, unless they or their kids go to ivy leagues, then that would just be "koo." The BEST thing about Bentley is connections. Networking's a must. You can almost always find a job/internship if you really look, even if you're a freshman. My freshman year, I got into a small iBank and I was competing against upperclassmen from all over the place. If you really try, you can establish relationships with VPs from the top financial firms and they can get you in.
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    Bentley began as a school of accounting and finance in 1917 and expanded over the 20th century. First it became the four-year College of Accounting and Finance. It then moved from its original campus in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston proper to its current, more spacious campus in Waltham, and it added a liberal arts curriculum, which allowed it to alter its name to the more general Bentley College. Finally, after the creation of a graduate school, it rechristened itself Bentley University in 2008.

    The 163-acre campus is just outside of Boston in cushy Waltham, MA. The red-and-white colonial-style buildings give the school a unified, classical look. Most students choose to live in official college apartments or suites clustered in the center of campus, near the Student Center.

    A free shuttle transports students who want to get into the city to Harvard square as well as to nearby towns. Another intra-campus shuttle runs in a continuous loop.

    Waltham, MA, is a wealthy suburb of Boston on the Charles River. Brandeis College is also in the neighborhood, and a free shuttle connects the campus to the city, as do numerous bus lines.

    What are the major traditions on campus? Write a review and let us know!

    R. Marcelo Claure '93, Chairman, CEO and President, Brightstar Corporation

    Daniel Welbeck '84, Chief Operation Officer & Boardmember of Radioshack

    Elkin B. McCallum '67, Chairman and CEO (retired), Jo-Ann Fabrics Corporation

    Charles Taylor '77, former president of Liberia

    The Bentley Falcons play on 23 varsity teams in the NCAA Division II, except for ice hockey, which competes in Division I. The rugby and basketball teams are stand-outs -- the rugby team won the Best of the East tournament in 2008 -- and intramural sports for both fall and spring are popular.

    The Bentley men's basketball team holds the record for longest regular-season winning streak in the NCAA Division II.

    Bentley also has a campus in Bahrain.

    The residence halls on campus are clustered either on North Campus, Lower Campus, or Upper Campus. Upper-classmen generally live in condo-like, multi-person accommodations in Kresge Hall, Collins Hall, the Orchard Apartments, or the Copley Residences near the fieldhouse. Freshmen live a bit apart in a more traditional set of dorms, containing doubles and triples, known as the Trees.