Less than half of all applicants to Bentley University will get in. Successful applicants tend to have standardized test scores and high school grades that are above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, although some had "B" averages. Admitted students tended to have combined SAT scores of 1750 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 25 or better. Higher grades and test scores clearly improve your chances significantly.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Bentley University were not admitted. Also note that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a little bit below the norm. This is because Bentley's admissions process is based on more than numerical data. The university uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The Bentley admissions folks will be looking at the rigor of your high school courses, not just your grades. Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Finally, Bentley has a supplement which you can use to demonstrate your interest in Bentley.
To learn more about Bentley University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Bentley University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?