img_5421So, you want to study business? If you are looking for an undergraduate, mid-sized business school in the Boston suburbs, Bentley University may be a good fit for you. I visited the beautiful, 190-acre campus last spring with 49 other independent counselors. I was not just impressed by the immaculate, beautiful campus and the modern facilities but also the articulate students.

Bentley University is a business school that is committed to preparing students to manage people and manage money. Every undergraduate student graduates with a degree in business, but students are encouraged to broaden their interest in the liberal arts as well. The 4,200 undergraduates spend 50-percent of their time in the classroom studying courses in the arts and sciences. Students can choose between 24 majors and 35 minors or design their own curriculum. Dual majoring in the arts and sciences is common.

Students at Bentley must be prepared to embrace technology as part of their education. Technology is incorporated in the classroom. All freshmen are required to work in the on-campus trading room, which is the largest active trading room in the country.

Hands-on learning is not just encouraged but expected at Bentley. Service learning, academic competitions are embedded into the curriculum. Corporate partnerships and internships are plentiful in the Greater Boston area. Ninety-percent of all students have internships and nearly 60-percent have two or more. Students can gain a more global perspective by studying abroad for a semester or a year. Many students opt to study overseas during academic breaks with a professor led abroad experience.

Parents will be happy to know that career services actively prepares students to begin building a resume and work experiences starting freshman year. All freshmen are required to visit the career center and develop a four-year personal plan. Students learn early to market themselves by creating an elevator speech and resume.

Students who are in the top of the incoming freshmen class are invited into the Honors Program. These students attend selective seminar classes and partnership events. Honors students may also opt to live in Honors housing.

Students say there is plenty to do outside the classroom. About ten-percent of the students join Greek life. Athletes compete in division II sports. Students look forward to comedy nights, concerts and festivals on campus. Boston is a short train ride away.

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Students apply either early decision or regular decision. All students are required to submit SAT/ACT scores. Applications are reviewed holistically. Students are automatically reviewed for merit aid. Not surprising the biggest application crossover schools are other Boston area colleges with a business focus or strong business programs.

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Bentley – Top Undergraduate Business Program in Boston Area
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