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Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

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Overview

Bryant University | An Overview

At Bryant University, students reach higher and achieve more. You’ll belong to a close-knit community with faculty and staff dedicated to helping you create your path to success and reach your fullest potential. Our integrated academic and student life programs deliver superior outcomes and a return on investment among the top 2% in the U.S.

Personal attention and commitment to student success have been Bryant’s hallmark for 159 years. Bryant students benefit from a career-focused curriculum at the intersection of business, liberal arts and health sciences. By selecting the combination of studies that interest you most, you’ll develop critical 21st-century skills for leadership positions in growing fields such as finance, health, marketing, accounting and technology.

You’ll graduate with the real-world-ready knowledge to excel both now and in the future. And you’ll gain experience solving real problems for real companies and organizations, as well as a set of values you can draw upon to make important and complex decisions. Inspired to excel, you'll become a game changer and impact thinker.

The nationally recognized programs of Bryant's Amica Center for Career Education will help you develop lifelong leadership ability and professional skills to secure the position you want after college. Our 55,000 accomplished alumni provide a powerful professional network that opens doors around the world.

Bryant’s approach prepares you for both personal fulfillment and professional success. Ninety-nine percent of the University’s students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation with a median starting salary of $60,000. Most importantly, Bryant prepared them to make a difference in the world.

Inspired to Excel

At Bryant, the possibilities, and roads to success, are endless. You’ll graduate with either a major in business and a complementary minor in the liberal arts, or a liberal arts major and a business minor, combining the best of both worlds. With nearly 200 major/minor combinations, you’ll be able to create the path that’s right for you and prepare for a career you’ll love.

Our student-centered approach is at the heart of everything we do. We keep classes small; there are no large lecture halls and 100 percent of your classes will be taught by professors—not teaching assistants or graduate students. Our faculty, who are world-class experts and scholars, will be your mentors and coaches, both in class and beyond, and help you reach your fullest potential. 

Collaborative and experiential learning is the hallmark of a Bryant education. Group projects, practicum experiences, social entrepreneurship, academic competitions and business simulations are just a few of the ways you’ll develop highly marketable skills that will set you apart.

You’ll learn from an industry expert in one class and gain valuable experience through a service-learning project in the next. You’ll work with real companies on real projects with real results. And you’ll learn how to innovate — and collaborate — so that you’ll be real world ready on day one. 

Beyond the classroom, co-curricular opportunities will sharpen your learning. As an intern or research assistant, you’ll connect theory with practice. Student organizations like the Finance Association will help you hone key insights into your profession and make invaluable connections. Visiting thinkers, innovators, scientists, journalists and performers will expand your horizons.

A great place to live and learn

With 3,281 undergraduate students, Bryant’s beautiful, secure 428-acre campus offers a close-knit, friendly community with a warm, small-town atmosphere. Nearly 80 percent of Bryant’s students live on campus, enjoying the energetic and diverse student life.

Our strategic location, just 15 minutes from downtown Providence, an hour from Boston, and three hours from New York City, provides exciting internship, entertainment and employment opportunities within driving distance.

Bryant is a leader among academic institutions in its use of technology and innovation in support of learning. From early access to high-level lab equipment to our groundbreaking Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center that fosters creativity in a flexible, interactive environment to The C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center that immerses students in a state-of-the-art financial markets environment to our new Data Visualization Lab, we ensure that students have the tools to stay ahead of the field. 

Purposeful student life

Bryant is more than an institution, it’s a community. Student life at Bryant is purposeful, engaging and inspiring. Our 24/7 learning environment, culture of mentorship and wide variety of co-curricular experiences will help you to discover your true passion and accelerate your personal and professional growth.

More than 120 student organizations, including academic clubs, community service groups, club sports teams, performance groups and cultural organizations, will help you form lifelong bonds with your classmates and enhance your ability to lead and collaborate. Our 25 Division I varsity sports teams inspire Bulldog pride and bring the community together throughout the school year.

Global perspective

The Bryant community encourages different perspectives and celebrates racial, cultural, gender-based, and religious diversity.  We put an emphasis on global immersion, both on-campus and abroad, so that when you graduate, you will truly be a global citizen—ready to work effectively anywhere in the world.

Study abroad opportunities range from the traditional semester abroad to our distinctive Sophomore International Experience, which offers a firsthand introduction to cultures and commerce in other countries through a two-week expedition paired with a semester-long course surveying the culture, language, history, and art of the region you’ll be visiting. Costa Rica, England, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore are among the hundreds of destinations worldwide where you can study.

You can also take advantage of our strategic international partnerships, which bridge the distance between nations and inspire mutual understanding.

Location & Contact

Address 1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI  02917
United States
Contact Ms. Michelle Cloutier
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Email: admission@bryant.edu
Phone: 401-232-6100
Fax: 401-232-6741

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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
Financial Planning And Services Checkmark
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems, General Checkmark
Management Science Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Chinese Language And Literature Checkmark
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Applied Mathematics, General Checkmark
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Cultural Studies/critical Theory And Analysis Checkmark
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Applied Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

7,632
Applied
5,418
Accepted
3,259
Enrolled
71%
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Female Admissions

3,083
Females Applied
2,228
Females Accepted
72%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

4,549
Males Applied
3,190
Males Accepted
70%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.43
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3.3
Interview
2 recommendations
Other requirements: Senior year first-quarter grades, three short essay questions in place of test scores

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 15th March 15th
Early decision plan November 1st December 1st
Other early decision plan November 15th January 15th
Transfer May 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 600 560 640
SAT Math 616 570 660
ACT Composite 27 25 29

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

46,885
Private
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Fees

897
Full-time student fees
16,528
Room & board
9,781
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

25,940
Avg. Financial Aid Package
25,023
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
21,201
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,435
Avg. Loan Aid
17,182
Avg. Grant Aid
9,760
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
48%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
47%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

3,259
Total Undergrad students
87%
Out-of-state students

Gender

Male (62.96%)
Female (37.04%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 81%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Reunion@Homecoming, REDay (Research & Engagement Day) and Festival of Lights

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Collegiate Entrepeneur Organization (CEO), Bryant U Spanish Cultural Org (BUSCO), Her Campus, Bryant Habitat for Humanity and Bryant Outdoor Adventure Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No No No
Crew No No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No No No
Football No Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball No Checkmark No
Rowing No No No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Field Hockey No Division 1 Checkmark
Football No No No
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball No Checkmark No
Rowing No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Squash No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 1 Checkmark

Faculty

330
Total Faculty
13:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 176
Part-time - 154
Male - 184
Female - 146
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