Bryant University is a private, coeducational institution located in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Established in 1863, Bryant University began as the Bryant and Stratton National Business College and was founded as part of a national chain of private, coeducational commercial colleges. In 1916 Bryant merged with the Rhode Island Commercial School after being purchased by Harry Leob Jacobs. In 1949 Bryant transitioned into a nonprofit institution, governed by a board of trustees. U.S. News & World Report reclassified Bryant College as a Master’s I institute in 2003 and the college ranked in the Top 20 of its category in the Northeast. In 2004 Bryant College achieved university status and was renamed Bryant University.
Academic ProgramsBryant University’s mission is to “Educate and inspire students to discover their passion and become innovative leaders with character around the world.” The University has held its accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges ever since its initial accreditation was granted in 1964.
Bryant University offers nearly 100 courses of study, all of which are taught by faculty members and never teaching assistants or graduate students. The majority of Bryant’s faculty members have earned terminal degrees in their fields and are committed to teaching and remain active in scholarly research. All students at Bryant complete both a major and a minor and approximately half of the students study abroad in more than 50 countries worldwide. Bryant College offers several master degree programs, including the MBA, MPAc, MST, MSGES, MAComm, MSPAS. The University is comprised of several colleges and a school, including the College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Studies, and the Graduate School of Business.
Student LifeBryant University has a total enrollment of more than 3,600, including well over 3,400 undergraduate students. Bryant offers several student housing options with more than dozen progressive residence halls. First-year students are placed together and the most will share a double room with another student; first-year students are not required to live on campus, though it is encouraged. Upperclass students have the option to reside in one of Bryant’s suite-style rooms or in townhouse-style apartments.
Bryant University recognizes more than 100 student-led organizations which allow students from all backgrounds and with all types of professional and personal interests to interact and engage with other like-minded students. The Fisher Student Center, formerly known as the Bryant Center, which reopened in 2013 after undergoing a $10 million renovation, offers facilities, services and programs which students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other guests are free to use. A number of student organizations make their home here as do several other centers. As an NCAA Division I-AA school, Bryant fields more than 20 varsity sports teams which compete in the Northeast Conference.