Bryant University

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1150 Douglas Pike

Smithfield, RI 02917

Phone: (401) 232-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#14 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Bryant University is a private institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,180, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 428 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bryant University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 14. Its tuition and fees are $37,234 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1863, Bryant has offered an education that challenges, inspires, and prepares students for success. This year, we celebrate our 150th anniversary, a time to reflect on Bryant's distinguished history as we look forward to our future as a leader in preparing you, our students, to create your path, expand your world, and achieve your success in this age of unlimited global opportunity.
For more than a decade Bryant's innovative curriculum has integrated business with liberal arts with an unwavering focus on character and ethics, and it is designed for you to create your own path. You pursue your interests in a variety of disciplines while developing credentials that will set you apart in the job market after graduation. Our nationally recognized First-Year Gateway centers on fundamental questions about the role of the individual's character and leadership, in a rapidly changing world of organizations and business. The interdisciplinary, ten-credit curriculum aims at improving your writing proficiency, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and ethical reasoning--skills you'll need for success during your four years at Bryant and beyond. The Gateway includes Bryant IDEA (Innovation Design Experience for All). This immersive January program runs for 72 intensive hours, providing you with a unique forum for experiential learning. After hands-on introduction to design thinking, innovation processes, and teamwork dynamics, you work in teams charged with generating creative solutions to real-world situations in everything from the arts to social services to the business sector. Another unique Gateway component: our Student Life staff collaborate with faculty to identify co-curricular programs aligned with Gateway outcomes. Our goal: to connect your classroom learning with what you do, think, and value as a member of Bryant's close-knit, student-centered community.
The Bryant experience offers you unparalleled opportunities to expand your world and cultivate your global perspective. Bryant's strategic plan, Vision 2020: Expanding the World of Opportunity, has global engagement as its cornerstone. Embark on a journey of discovery as you come to understand the interconnectedness of nations, cultures, and economies. Our innovative, three-credit Sophomore International Experience (SIE) conducts intensive trips in between semesters. During the academic year, Bryant ranks 14th nationally for study abroad participation in over 50 countries. Since 2005, the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant has forged partnerships that offer students and faculty broad global perspectives and experiences. We plan to reconstruct the Shu Fang Zhai building, a section of the Chinese Forbidden City, on our U.S. campus. In Zhuhai, China we have entered into a preliminary agreement with the Beijing Institute of Technology, which will provide Bryant with a tangible presence in one of the world's fastest growing economic centers. Our international focus, however, comprises only one dimension of our commitment to expanding the world of opportunity for our students.
For 150 years, the hallmark of a Bryant education is preparing our graduates to achieve their success. We are proud that 14% of our 2012 graduates enrolled in graduate school, and for the 86% seeking employment, 96% landed jobs within six months of graduation, even in this difficult economy. It's no accident that our recent graduates have achieved this level of success. With some of the best faculty in the country, abundant co-curricular opportunities, service learning programs, internships, and practicums that allow students to put theory into practice, the Bryant experience cultivates the knowledge, leadership skills, and global perspective that are prerequisites for success. More than 40,000 Bryant alumni are making a difference in their work and their communities around the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1863
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $141,803,000


When applying to Bryant University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are December 3 and November 15, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Bryant University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 62 percent and an early acceptance rate of 64.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 62.0%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bryant University is 15:1, and the school has 24.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bryant University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Mathematics and Statistics; Social Sciences; and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 77%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 80%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%
Mathematics and Statistics 4%
Social Sciences 4%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3%

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Student Life

Bryant University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,180, with a gender distribution of 58.1 percent male students and 41.9 percent female students. At this school, 81 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 19 percent of students live off campus. Bryant University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,418
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Bryant University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bryant University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bryant University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bryant University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bryant University, 65.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,758.

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Tuition and fees $37,234 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,664 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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