College Road Trip to Boston: Bentley University

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During a summer tax internship at PwC, Dominique Balzora-Rivert was surprised to find that many of her fellow interns had never heard of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a 2018 Supreme Court decision that affected state sales taxes. It was a case her professors at Bentley University had brought up many times.


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“That’s when I realized Bentley was really preparing me for the world,” says the recent grad in accounting and health and industry studies from Templeton, Massachusetts.

Bentley was founded a little more than a century ago to educate students in accounting and finance, and distinguishes itself with its business-focused curriculum that also integrates tech and the arts and sciences. Half of the school’s 25 undergraduate majors are business-related, and there’s a heavy focus on career preparation. During freshman year, nearly all students take Career Development 101.

“As soon as you come here, they teach you how to network,” says Brandon Samba, a 2020 finance grad from San Diego with a global management minor. He put those skills to use as the founder of Captains of Capital, a club that teaches financial literacy to local kids from underserved backgrounds.

Bentley’s 163-acre campus of brick buildings and picturesque green spaces is located in Waltham, a suburb with its own shops and restaurants about 10 miles from downtown Boston that is also home to Brandeis University. About 92% of undergrads complete at least one internship, often in the city, and 98% of students are in jobs or pursuing grad school by six months after graduation. Popular employers include Dunkin’ Brands, JPMorgan Chase, the Boston Red Sox and Aetna.

While most of Bentley’s undergrads pursue business disciplines, many credit the school with seamlessly blending business with other subjects. Pursuing one of eight Liberal Studies majors – such as diversity and