Making the decision to go to college is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. That’s why, at Bentley University, we appreciate it when national publications recognize the great value and return on investment a Bentley education delivers.
In addition to ranking Bentley 12th in the United States in its new rankings of Best Colleges for Business Majors, Money magazine also listed Bentley among the 43 Colleges That Add the Most Value based on its graduation rate, the earnings of its graduates and student loan repayment. Money compiled the list from an analysis of 2,400 colleges across the U.S., as part of its annual Best Colleges for Your Money list.
“We are proud of the talented professors, outstanding courses and hands-on learning that challenge our students every day,” said Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson. “Bentley’s combination of business education and arts and sciences, along with our nationally recognized career services office, provide a strong return on investment for our students and prepare them for successful and rewarding careers.”
Return on investment
The Money honor wasn’t an outlier. U.S. News & World Report’s latest edition of America’s Best Colleges 2018 ranks Bentley University as the fourth best value in the Best Regional Universities-North category, in addition to a No. 2 overall ranking in the North, as well as:
- No. 1 Highest Freshmen Retention Rate (Regional Universities–North)
- No. 1 Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded (Regional Universities–North)
- No. 4 Best Value (Regional Universities–North)
- Best Undergraduate Business Programs
- Programs to Look For: Internships
In 2016, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine ranked Bentley University 31st among the top 100 Best Values in Private Universities. On Kiplinger’s list of Best College Values in New England, Bentley was ninth among the region’s private universities.
“We strongly believe the purpose of higher education is definitely not just about getting a job,” says Susan Brennan, Bentley’s associate vice president of career services. “We need to help students by asking probing questions about their hopes and dreams and building their core values, and strengths.”
A four-year career services plan
Career services at Bentley aren’t just about a senior-year job search. In fact, each student’s personalized four-year career services plan begins as soon as they arrive on campus. It’s just one reason the Princeton Review named Bentley’s Career Services office second in the nation in 2017.
“Students often come to our career services office to ask how they can weave career planning into their overall experience and find out what truly interests them,” explains Brennan. “When students arrive at Bentley as first-year students, they immediately take a strengths finder assessment through Gallup to learn what their strengths and weakness are and how to harness that knowledge for the next four years.”