College Snap Shots

In an effort to provide Burlington High School students and their families with relevant and up-to-date college information, the Guidance Staff will be visiting various colleges and universities and providing you with information. The colleges visited do not represent a preference on the part of the BHS Guidance Department towards any particular school.

In the college search process, many things are taken into consideration. Things that are considered, but not limited to are: campus size, location, number of students on campus, majors, tuition, distance from home, athletic programs, clubs and other activities. When considering a college, students must also make realistic decisions based on personal interest, grades, test scores, etc.

The department feels that the college visit is an integral part of the process, and we strongly encourage students to visit any and all schools that interest them, especially if these schools are fairly close by. The information we provide is only a small snapshot into each respective college. We hope to add information about other schools in the future, and as always we appreciate any feedback that you have that would help us provide our students and their families useful information in the sometimes overwhelming college search process.

Furthermore we ask that students also research colleges by using their Naviance accounts and scheduling meetings with their counselor on a consistent basis. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter's individual counselor if you have any further questions.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bentley University

Bentley University

Visited on 12/9/12 by Ms. Amanda Magnan

Location: Waltham, MA

Population of School: approx. 4,000

Campus Type:. Residential, 86% of students live on campus

Number of BHS students who applied:

2006:     15                                               
2007:     11
2008:    16
2009:    20
2010:    20
2011:    15

Majors: Accounting, Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Related Services (Other), American History (United States), Business Administration and Management-General, Business Administration-Management General, Business Administration- Management and Operations, Other, Business Statistics, Business Management Marketing and Related Support Services-Other, Business/Commerce General, Business/Corporate Communications, Business/Managerial Economics, Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services-Other, Computer and Information Sciences-General, Computer Science, Economics, General, English Language and Literature-General, Finance and Financial Management Services, Other, Finance, General, Financial Planning and Services, History, General, History, Other, Information Science/Studies, Information Technology, International Business/Trade/Commerce, International Finance, International/Global Studies,  

Snap Shot: Founded by Henry Bentley, first starting off with 20 boys in 1917. The school is mostly business oriented (they even have a mini trading room, like Wall Street). There is a 95% retention rate for returning freshmen. There are 2 freshmen dorms, students do not have to live in the dorms after their freshman year, suite style living is for sophomores, juniors and seniors. There is a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. Students do not have to get a meal plan as a junior or senior. 

Bentley has people come in from companies (CEO’s, etc.) to get ideas from the Bentley students….recent visitors have been Sperry Topsider and Sketchers. The Geek Squad of Best Buy was founded on an idea of a Bentley student. Community service is available within the classes (students can do community service and get the hours for credit)…for example, my tour guide showed a local elementary student how to access Internet explorer, use power point, etc. He found the experience very rewarding. Teachers try and incorporate community service into their curriculum. Bentley is not a research university, and professors usually teach there as their second job. 

The average class size is 26. Students can study abroad for a week, a month or a semester. There is an ELL center. Students do not have to take a language as a course- instead they have tutors from that country (other students) tutor. Students can download Rosetta Stone on their computer in their language of choice free of charge. Each student is given an HP their freshman year when they arrive, as typical business fold have PC’s. They are doing a pilot program with about 50 Mac’s to see how it goes. Students can sign up from their computers to reserve a room in the library to study, and there are cell phone towers in the library in which students can enter if they receive a phone call (so they don’t have to go outside). The library also has couches in their quiet reading section. In the student center, they have a Chinese Food restaurant/station open from Thursday to Saturday nights until 1 A.M. There are also pool tables in the student center, etc.

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