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Bentley University

Bentley University
Former names
Bentley College
(1917–2008)
Motto Paratus (Latin)
Motto in English
Prepared
Established 1917
Type Private
Endowment $258 million[1]
President Gloria Cordes Larson
Academic staff
484
Undergraduates 4,157
Postgraduates 1,405
40
Location Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Campus Suburban
163 acres
Athletics NCAA Division II
Colors Royal blue, White[2]
         
Nickname Falcons
Mascot Flex the Falcon
Website .edu.bentleywww

Bentley University is a private co-educational university in Waltham, Massachusetts, 9 miles (14 km) west of Boston, focused on business. Founded in 1917 as a school of accounting and finance in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, Bentley moved to Waltham in 1968. Bentley awards bachelor of science degrees in 11 business fields and bachelor of arts degrees in 6 arts and sciences disciplines. The graduate school emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, and offers PhD programs in Business and Accountancy, the Bentley MBA with 16 areas of concentration, an integrated MS+MBA, 7 Master of Science degrees, and custom executive education programs.

Bentley's athletic teams compete in Division II of the NCAA (except for men's hockey, which competes in Division I) and is known collectively as the Bentley Falcons. They compete in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Upper Campus 2.1
    • North Campus 2.2
  • Academics 3
    • Rankings 3.1
  • Student life 4
    • Club Sports at Bentley University 4.1
    • Campus media 4.2
    • Fraternities and sororities 4.3
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

Bentley University was founded in 1917 as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance by Harry C. Bentley who served as the school’s president until 1953. In 1961, the college was accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Science degrees under President Morison, who moved the college from its Boylston Street address in Boston to its current day location in Waltham, Massachusetts. Gregory H. Adamian, a major driving force in the college's development, became the fourth president in 1970. Under his guidance, the college became accredited to confer four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1971 and graduate degrees in 1973. During this time, the school also changed its name to Bentley College. In 2002, Bentley College opened up a campus in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain in partnership with the Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance. The college was accredited to confer its first doctoral degrees in the fields of business and accountancy in 2005.[3] A main fixture of the campus, The Bentley Library, underwent a sweeping renovation in 2006 during which time the school's logo was changed to showcase the clock tower that sits atop the building.[4] One year later, Gloria Cordes Larson, a former state and federal government official and Boston-based lawyer became the first female president of Bentley College. In 2008, the school changed its name to Bentley University after being authorized by the state board of higher education to do so.[5]

Campus

In 1968, Bentley moved from downtown Boston to Waltham, Massachusetts, to accommodate an increasing number of students. The first buildings on the Waltham campus were built between 1965 and 1968. Today, the campus stretches across 163 acres (0.66 km2) of land, and is accessible by the MBTA 554 bus.

Bentley University's campus is divided into three parts: Upper Campus, Lower Campus and North Campus.

Upper Campus

Upper Campus contains most of the school's academic buildings and all of its classrooms. It is located on the North side of Beaver Street.

Bentley Library

North Campus

North Campus is located 1/2 mile North of the main entrance to Upper Campus on Forest Street. Transportation to and from North Campus is provided via shuttle bus. North Campus contains only residence hall buildings named: A, B, C and D. Residence halls A and B were opened in 2005 while C and D were opened in 2007 making North Campus the most recent addition to Bentley's facilities. Each building has 3 floors and include an elevator and 2 stairwells. Originally North Campus was intended to be graduate student housing but due to the sharp growth of enrollment it is occupied mostly by undergraduates.

Academics

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report[6]

  • Top 10 Master's Universities in the North 2016 - ranked 3rd
  • Top 50 Undergraduate Business Programs 2016

Bloomberg Businessweek[7]

  • Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013 - ranked 20th
  • Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2014 - ranked 20th

Student life

Club Sports at Bentley University

In addition to the intercollegiate and intramural programs, the university offers a number of club sports for students to take part in. These clubs are operated within the Student Activities department, and are financially supported by the student's activity fees. Club Sports include: cheerleading, dance team, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men's ultimate frisbee (2014 USA Ultimate Div-III Champions), women's ultimate frisbee, and sailing.

Campus media

  • Bentley TV: student-produced TV station broadcasting on channel 45 on campus.[8]
  • The Vanguard: student-produced weekly on-campus newspaper[9]
  • Piecework: student-produced annual literary magazine
  • Bentley Observer: staff-produced quarterly magazine for alumni[10]
  • WBTY - Radio Bentley: on-campus radio station, operating at 105.3 FM
  • Falcon Records: An independent record label focused on promoted local artists in Boston and providing free and entertaining music to consumers.

Fraternities and sororities

There currently are eight recognized men’s fraternities at Bentley University: Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, and Phi Sigma Sigma. These chapters are governed by the National Panhellenic Conference or the National Association of Latina/Latino Fraternal Organizations, Inc.

Athletics

Bentley University Basketball Gymnasium located in the Dana Athletic Center

Bentley's mascot is "Flex the Falcon". The university has 23 men's and women's varsity teams. All of the teams compete in the Northeast-10 Conference at the NCAA Division II level, with the exception of the men's hockey program, which was one of the original six founding teams of Atlantic Hockey at the Division I level.

Bentley is also home to one of the best rugby programs in the Northeast winning two national Division III titles as well as winning the 2008 Beast of the East tournament.

In 2012, the Bentley Men's Cross Country team finished 26th in the nation at Division II XC Nationals.

After beating Saint Michael's College by a score of 85-65 on February 23, 2008, Bentley University Men's Basketball team set the record for the longest regular season winning streak in Division II history. Additionally, Bentley has men's, women's, and co-ed intramural programs for the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

The Bentley Women's Basketball team completed the 2013-2014 season with a 35-0 record, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship.

The Bentley Men's Ultimate Frisbee team won USA Ultimate's Division III College Championship in 2014.[11]

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ As of February 2015. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. 
  2. ^ "Falcon Spirit". Campus-life.bentley.edu. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "We're sorry, but we can not find the page you're looking for. | Bentley University Newsroom". Bentley.edu. 2011-02-24. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "We're sorry, but we can not find the page you're looking for. | Bentley University Newsroom". Bentley.edu. 2011-02-24. Archived from the original on February 7, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Bentley morphs from college into university". Boston.com. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  6. ^ "Regional University North Rankings – Best Colleges – Education – US News and World Report". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ March 2013 "Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2013" . Businessweek.com. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ [2] Archived October 20, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "The Vanguard: Official Student Newspaper of Bentley University". The Vanguard. Archived from the original on 2011-12-31. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Publications : Bentley". Bentley.edu. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  11. ^ http://www.usaultimate.org/news/bentley-wins-mens-division-at-the-2014-d-iii-college-championships/
  12. ^ "PAYNE, Frederick George, (1904 - 1978)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Bentley Athletics website
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