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***Bentley Class of 2021 RD Applicant Results Thread***


Replies to: ***Bentley Class of 2021 RD Applicant Results Thread***

  • VirginiaDareVirginiaDare Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    @iluvnaples my son had 1480 SAT. 2 APs jr year 5 on both tests and only 2 APs this year, AP Stat and AP Calculus he's averaging an A in Stat and A- in calculus. He's also played 3 seasons of varsity sports each year, worked, volunteered, nhs, team captain, etc. net price calculator predicted 1/2 tuition. I don't mean to cry sour grapes but I was really disappointed that there was no scholarship. The good news is that my son is fine with it, he has other great options. He would roll his eyes at me if he knew I was still commenting on this thread. I guess I just have to accept that it is what it is. I still place the university in high regard and congratulate all who received scholarships. @MassDaD68 the Deans award was 10k per year, not nearly enough.
  • CTDad4312CTDad4312 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    @iluvnaples Wow, you son's stats certainly make him stand out compared to other Bentley applicants who posted their similar stats. Did you visit Bentley and make other contacts...I am trying to see why your son may not have rec'd a scholarship. What other schools (options) are available to him?
  • VirginiaDareVirginiaDare Registered User Posts: 90 Junior Member
    He attended their open house but did not interview. He has decided on UCONN. He actually really likes it there and I think would have chosen it even if he had received the 1/2 tuition even though he held out. UCONN offered him merit, and that's on in-state tuition so it just makes sense. He'll be able to graduate debt free. Up until his latest visit to UCONN, Bentley had been his top choice. They're both great schools.
  • kmlmc5kmlmc5 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    @watermelon4life My son was invited into Honors. He has a 91 GPA and a 35 ACT. He received the presidential scholarship.

    We are unable to go to accepted students day so we went up this past Friday for the accepted student panel session and tour. I definitely would recommend this option for students. Current students took questions from the 12 prospective students and their families and then we were given a one on one tour of the campus. Except for the cold, snow and snow/rain, it was a great day to learn more about what the university has to offer. My son had done the general tour and information session as a junior.

    We also attended Northeastern accepted student day yesterday. Such a large event, rather repetitive at times, and the tour was primarily outside of the buildings. I would investigate if other schools offer more personal accepted student options for visiting.

    He does not have any notification of money on the financial aid tab. Hope that comes soon.
  • CTDad4312CTDad4312 Registered User Posts: 26 New Member
    Funny, my son's last 2 choices are UConn (in state) and Bentley. My son got admitted directly into UConn's Biz program and invited to the Living/Learning Community for Biz, but not merit money (didn't expect any). At this point, he is leaning toward Bentley. UConn is a great school and with your son's admirable achievements, no doubt will make it a fulfilling choice.
  • iluvnaplesiluvnaples Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @VirginiaDare are you sure there is no scholarship? Your son's credentials are similar to my daughter's (she had slightly lower SATs) and got 4's on her AP exams last year (Physics and Gov). AP STATs, CALC and Econ this year. She got a 1/3 presidential scholarship. She applied ED so perhaps that's why she got the scholarship? But like your son, she was NHS, Model UN, 2 varsity sports and a lot of volunteer work. It seems to me that your son should have had something. I would call just to ask since I would want to know (even if my child didn't care any more). My daughter was specifically interested in Bentley because of the internships and the career services. She loved the tour we took last spring. Sold her on the school. I hope you call the school and find out why your son wasn't offered anything. My son wants to apply next year and I was kind of hoping for a similar award. But you've got me wondering....
  • ventana10ventana10 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    In checking the collegedata website; Bentley is the only school I was interested in listed as "Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process" and since merit money is during the admission process, I think that determines what is offered more than GPA/test scores
  • iluvnaplesiluvnaples Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @ventana10 We are a full pay family. So your supposition above can't be true. Our family income is too high for any aid at all.
  • iluvnaplesiluvnaples Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    @ventana10 Also, our daughter applied ED so she would have gone to Bentley regardless of the scholarship or not as we have the resources to send her. That said, it's nice to receive some merit aid since she worked so hard.
  • ventana10ventana10 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    I'm not saying it is the ONLY factor, but it explains why (looking at the posts) why students with lower stats received higher merit and others none at all.
  • iluvnaplesiluvnaples Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I don't think it's explanatory, to be honest. Perhaps they factor in the essay? They give too much need based aid to give the scholarships to need based students. Bentley is very generous with students who have a financial need.
  • MassDaD68MassDaD68 Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    We were in communications with admissions about possibly applying ED but ultimately decided against it because this was such a huge financial reach for us. He did not interview and now I wonder if that was a mistake. He did do his official NCAA overnight with the team but I guess Admissions did not really count that as interest. Bentley was his first choice by far and away but I just cannot afford to be full pay. $67K to begin the four year journey is just too much. It will be $80K come senior year. The sum total of all these years is just beyond us.

    This was such an eye opening experience for us. Private schools are so expensive. I live in NE so I am used to the sticker price but to actually realize that they frequently expect people to pay full price was an eye opener. It amazes me that they still fill these seats for the prices they charge. I guess I am a bit naive that so many people can afford the full price. I would have thought it was not that many and that aid would be given. I guess my son did not make the grade because they offered him none.

    My son will just have to accept it and move on. But what a terrible process this has been for him.
  • iluvnaplesiluvnaples Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    It actually feels terrible for your son. Can you call Bentley and talk to the admissions office? Perhaps they would look again at your situation? Does that seem like a reasonable thing to do? It can't hurt to call and ask, can it? I know a family personally who worked with Bentley through April (of his admissions acceptance year) and they finally gave him a number they could work with but it was stressful for them. It worked out in the end for them as the price came down and he could attend.
  • suzyQ7suzyQ7 Registered User Posts: 2,988 Senior Member
    @iluvnaples Most of the students on this thread who did not get merit are boys. Bentley has a 60/40 boys to girls ratio. Perhaps your daughter was more sought after because of that (and the good grades, sports etc). The ED thing is interesting to me. I'd think that for ED they would be less inclined to give merit since they are already "guaranteed" to be admitted. Did you ask Bentley if your D would still be considered for merit if applying ED?
  • greatmom23greatmom23 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    My daughter is currently a freshman at Bentley. Last year when we were making our decisions I called Bentley and spoke with admissions regarding her firm desire to attend and our need for more merit money. While eventually they were unable to raise her scholarship they did take another look at her resume and merits more closely. Its worth a shot for those who think they may have been overlooked
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