Location: Smithfield, RI
Funding: Private University
Size: 3,595 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 40%
Tuition (one year): $52,801
Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Marketing, International Business, Finance, and Management
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 76%
For more information please visit Bryant University's website at http://www.bryant.edu
Why Choose Bryant?
“Bryant is one of the top business schools in not only New England, but in America. Having a great reputation in the business world is definitely a plus."
“I love Bryant’s atmosphere and the student’s drive for success. It isn’t always the professors who motivated students, it was students motivating their peers to succeed."
“I chose Bryant because of it’s amazing campus and the students there. The strong sense of community truly makes this campus feel like home."
“Bryant is one of the top safest schools in America. Not only do I feel overwhelmingly safe there, but I also know I can have a good time being in a safe and secluded area."
"The President and First Lady of Bryant! These two Bryant celebrities can be seen anywhere and everywhere on campus, cheering on Bryant in games, walking around the Unistruture, and even chatting with a fellow student about how classes are going...oh and don't be surprised if they ask to have lunch with you in the cafeteria! They are the mom and dad of Bryant University, and all students feel close to them."
“Bryant’s academics definitely top all other private universities in New England. Bryant requires students majoring in the business school, to minor in a liberal art, or vice versa. This makes Bryant students well-rounded and prepared for the business world."
“Bryant just transformed into a D1 athletic university. The athletic teams here have amazing spirit, along with their fans. Being such a small campus, having Division 1 sports teams sets Bryant apart from most other universities."
“Bryant’s Archway is a common myth among the Bryant population. Legend has it that if walked under by an undergrad, graduation will be delayed, or even not happen. Students walk around the archway, conveniently in the center of a walkway, just to avoid succumbing to the urban legend."
“The food options could definitely be improved on campus. Only having one place where meals swipes can be used is pricey for some students if they want other options. While Dunkin Donuts and Subway and our deli style dining options all take dining dollars as well as cash the options are still limited to essentially these four options for meals.”
“The dorms are outdated at this point. There is a small number of dorms that have air conditioning and the heat is always either too hot or not enough. These are simple things that should be provided when it costs as much as it does to attend Bryant.”
“The growing student population at Bryant is great; however the buildings on campus are no longer sufficient. With only one dining hall it is often incredibly crowded and sometimes impossible to find a seat. The gym tends to be very crowded as well, and the rotunda between classes”
“The gym is also something that could use improvement at Bryant University. The number of students that use the gym is large and sometimes there is an inadequate amount of equipment to have a sufficient work out. There is also limited space to do plyometric exercises, lunges and squats without weights, or ab exercises.”
“One issue with living on campus is the lack of washers and dryers in many of the halls. The freshman halls have plenty of washers and driers for all the residents to use and in the townhouses each house has its own. But for sophomore and juniors, there are normally only a few for the whole hall to share.”
New Collegiette on Campus
"My only advice for new collegiettes stepping on campus is to get involved! Head to the org fair (fall and spring-you'll hear about it) and check out all of the clubs and organizations on campus. Sign up for all that interest you, attend their first meeting, and figure out which ones you actively want to get involved with."
"Don't go crazy. If you're the new collegiette on campus it's important to behave yourself and get a feel for the environment before you make any wrong choices/decisions."
"Hmmmm...as a new collegiette I would definitely buy some garb from the bookstore. They have fantastic clothing and accessories that say Bryant and you will fit right in. My other advice would be to explore all the majors/clubs and organizations."
"Take advantage of resources like The Women's Center, The Amica Center, MyPath Mentors, etc. These groups are on campus to help/guide you-take advantage of them because you never know what doors may open."
"Just be yourself if you're the new collegiette. People will love you for you and this campus is such an amazing place to be your own individual. Be you and enjoy it!"
All About Academics
“Bryant’s curriculum is focused around preparing students for the real world. One of the main attributes of doing so is through group projects. As academic departments state, you won’t be working alone in the real world so being able to find your strengths and weaknesses within a group will help students to be better professionals. For that reason, almost every class whether in the business or liberal arts program, contains some sort of group project. It can be annoying, but as a senior I am deeply grateful for this aspect of Bryant’s academics.”
“The professors at Bryant are amazing. Due to the small class sizes at Bryant, each student has the opportunity to get a lot of one on one attention. All professors have a vast amount of office hours and are always available for scheduled meetings. Most professors even provide a skype or cellphone number for emergencies. A lot of my job opportunities have come from professors which is a direct result of the amazing relationships I have built with them.”
“One of the best things about Bryant is the mix of curriculum. All students are required to major in either Business or Liberal Arts and minor in the other. This enables all students to get a well-rounded education.”
“Registration is a pretty generic process at Bryant. Honors students and athletes get first pick, and then it continues based on credits earned. It greatly helps being ahead a course or two, but if you aren’t you are given the same opportunities as everyone else in your class. While I have never had a problem registering, one of my roommates has never gotten all her classes. No need to get discouraged though, there are always wait lists and professors will almost always let you into their class if you had trouble getting into them. We're pretty sure every college deals with stressful registration mornings!"
"We have the top-notch professors here. Dr. Stanley Baran is one of the world's leading researchers in communication, Dr. Sukki Yoon is the marketing research guru of the 21st century, and Dr. Michael Roberto is originally a Harvard Business School Professor. Dr. Lori Coakley is a powerhouse when it comes to management consulting, Toby Simon has got to be the most fabulous and empowering woman on the Western hemisphere, and Kati Machtley goes above and beyond with the Women's Summit. Bryant goes above and beyond to find the best of the best and it shows in and out of the classrooms.
“Bryant’s academics stand out in a few departments. Mine, the International Business Program is now ranked 16th by Business Week amongst competing programs. The program is one of the best I have ever heard of and includes an international internship and numerous business management simulations. Others include the Actuarial Math Program, Accounting Program (which offers a 5 year BA/MBA program), and Finance Program. While the school has been a predominately business school in the past, it has done a lot of work recently to find a greater balance between Business and Liberal Arts student enrollment.”
Learn From The Best
"The best business professors at bryant are Greenan, Segovis and Notorantonio..and Her Campus is the best organization."
"Best time to go to the library is mid-morning to mid-afternoon. It's hard to find seats at night!"
"Don't let college pass you by! If you're on the fence about going out or going to bed...think about which one will give you the best memories."
"Across the hall from the Study Abroad office is a dining room that very few know about on campus. It is trutfully an awesome study spot if you can snag it quick enough!"
"Rentes is the place to go Tuesday nights. Or if you are a senior it's best to go Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays."
Interests & Involvement
“Bryant offers students the opportunity to get involved in over 90 clubs and organizations, and the student body sure does take advantage of this. Many students find their home at Bryant through involvements in these clubs and organizations. Whether it through a D1 sport, intramural sport, academic organization, honors society, Greek life or interest organization, there is something for everyone here at Bryant.”
“People definitely actively participate in clubs and organizations at Bryant. Some of the most common things to get inovled in would be intramural or club sports, media organizations (like Her Campus!), Greek Life and any of the academic organizations on campus. But honestly, everyone finds the clubs that fit their personalities and future aspirations best – I wouldn’t really peg one club more popular than another. Students find out about these organizations at the org fair the first week of school. Upperclassmen sit at tables passing out information about their organizations and how anyone on campus can get involved with their mission or events.”
“For me, my involvement with orientation as an orientation leader for the class of 2015 and 2016 was my favorite experience on campus. It allowed me to welcome all different types of students to the place I love to call my second home, Bryant.”
“I would say the majority of students at Bryant are involved in a club or organization on our campus, with many students participating in multiple. It is extremely easy to get involved and to find out what Bryant offers, whether it is through your friends or the Org Fairs held on campus throughout the year. It is also very easy to start your own club if Bryant doesn’t already offer what you’re looking for. I have seen clubs approved within a few weeks. Bryant is dedicated to offering every student with their place.”
“People definitely participate in a wide variety of clubs and orgs at Bryant. There are a lot of major orgs that many students involve themselves with and there are also interest groups that only certain people feel at home with. People tend to gravitate to whichever clubs or org make them the happiest and they are usually involved in more than one or two! I got involved my freshman year with the newspaper, on accident, and ended up being the Editor in Chief for two years now. Watching the paper and staff evolve and grow has been an awesome and challenging experience for me.”
"Since Bryant is such a small school it makes sporting events so much fun because you personally know athletes on the teams."
"Being on the cheerleading team was probably the best decision I've made since coming to Bryant-I get to cheer on my favorite team with some of the loudest fans in the nation. We're also such a close knit family which makes all games even more fun!"
"Bryant lacrosse, Football and baseball tailgates are even more exciting than the games! Make sure you have your bryant swag on!"
"This year, Bryant has so far 200 wins across the board. Our D1 program is becoming SO big that I cannot wait to come back as an alumni and see some national championship trophies-for now, Bryant is winning in their NEC divisions which is also cool!"
"Being a woman on Bryant's campus is one of the most empowering and positively challenging experiences ever. Because the ratio is 60:40 men, you are challenged day in and day out, in a good way, to work harder, faster, and better than the guy next to you!"
"If I had to decide the typical outfit to class it would be that there is none. There are girls who love to get dressed up while others are much comfier in their yogas and a sweatshirt to class. I know for me, a rainy day always calls for leggings, a baseball hat, and an oversized sweatshirt...studying calls for big sweats and a comfy sweatshirt...and other days may be cute jeans, a sparkly top with a colorful cardigan, and my curls down! Girls can be as girly or sweatpants-lovin as they want."
"There are so many facets to express your girl power. Her Campus allows you to be your creative self and write about everything and anything a girl wants to read like how to write the proper thank you letter all the way to how to orgasm your best. The sororities on campus allow you to have like 30 sisters that you would have never had before and the Women's Center gives you a safe haven to run to for anything from a quiet space to study to someone to talk to if you're going through anything troubling. The Women & Leadership course is probably one of the more rewarding courses to take at Bryant and if you're lucky no guys will sign up so it will be an all-girls class! Also the Women's Summit is put on every year and if given the opportunity to attend, you MUST."
"The gender ratio of 60:40 is honestly what made me choose Bryant. I came from an all-girls private catholic college preparatory school in Connecticut. I was ready for change and Bryant was ready to give me it. Yeah it was totally weird in the beginning but now I am so thankful for it. Allowing me to work in such a diverse environment, well diverse from what I was used to, has made me understand my strenghts and weaknesses on a whole new level."
Food & Drink
"Salmo has a great variety. Every night about two main meals are offered and then the grill is always open, the pasta bar, the salad bar, the stir fry bar, and now they even have a personal stir fry station that is bomb!"
“The food choices around school are awesome. Right around the corner from campus are local restaurants and student favorites such as J’s Deli and Pickpockets. Providence being so close offers many great restaurants especially all the Italian ones on Federal Hill!”
“Student favorites in the dining hall include Chicken Patty Tuesday and the Omelet bar!”
“Students eat at the dining hall for the first three years but senior all students live in townhouses that have kitchens in them."
“Students also have the options of Dunkin Donuts and Subway on campus besides the food that the school makes.”
“Finding something to do on the weekends at Bryant is very easy - whether it be a suite party, townhouse party, or going to the local bars. Everyone always wants to have a good time after having a crazy week with school work.”
“For those who don’t want to party on the weekends, Bryant offers really fun alternatives. The Student Programming Board hosts ‘Bryant at Night’ which puts on events every weekend such as comedy shows, laser tag, movies on the lawn, etc. to give other options to students than drinking. Students also can go into Providence which is only 15 minutes away to enjoy nightlife in the city.”
“The first weekend at Bryant during Fall semester is known as ‘Around the World’ weekend. Each townhouse makes their own theme of shots and gives them out to every person who comes by. Half of the townhouses participate Friday night, the rest Saturday night. It’s so exciting and crazy and has been a tradition at Bryant for a long time now. Every Bryant student looks forward to it.”
"The social scene at Bryant is definitely more inclusive fall semester than it is spring semester. Fall semester Around the World is open to everyone as are most Halloween parties. Frats and sororities usually get together on the weekends as do some athletes. However, out of all my friends from home's schools, Bryant seems to be one of the only schools whose upperclassmen love having the freshmen party with them.”
“There are plenty of people at Bryant who don’t drink on the weekends and don’t feel pressured to drink either. It depends on who you associate yourself with. Some people like to get crazy on the weekends while others like to chill. There are both types of people at Bryant, so find who you want to hangout with and there will be no pressure at all.”
"As a freshman there are many dorm types available. You can have either a double room with one roommate, a suite-style dorm with five roommates (3 double rooms, a common room, and a bathroom), and a quad with three roommates. It’s great that Bryant offers so many options.”
Rooming is very simple – you can either choose a roommate yourself or fill out a questionnaire to get matched with another student. The questionnaire is very spot on as well, they don’t just have a computer do the matching, someone actually goes through and matches you to assure accuracy.”
“Bryant prides itself on being one of the top safest schools in the country, so you can bet that the dorms are extremely safe. Several Resident Assistants are on duty every night making rounds and the buildings lock after 11 pm and are available only to those who live in the building. As a junior, I have never once felt unsafe in my dorm room or hall.”
“As an upperclassman it is not popular to live off campus. Juniors live in suite-style dorms and seniors live in townhouses that are like a little village on campus. Living in a townhouse senior year is one of the best perks of attending Bryant.”
“The dorms have bonding activities once a month. Whether it is in the freshman halls or suite-style dorms for sophomores and juniors, the RA’s hold events once a month and invite everyone on their floor. Some activities include bingo, trivia, a pizza party, or cookie decorating. They are a lot of fun and get everyone in the building together.”
Exploring Smithfield and Providence
"I LOVE the reservoir near school. It's a great place to go for a hike and just a serene place with beautiul scenery."
"College is a time to take chances and explore, whether its exploring your surroundings, your interests, or what you should major in...open your eyes and take the time to see what the world has to offer you.
"Providence is 10 minutes away and has SO much to offer. My friends and I always go to Providence Place mall on a rainy day...head to Thayer Street/College Hill when it is nice out...and love going to Fire and Ice for dinner!"
"Smithfield is a quiet place but right off of the highway at exit 7B are a few restaurants (Chipotle, UNO, Chili's) and a bunch of stores (everything from Target to Michael's). 7B is where you will also find fancy italian like Siena and amazing coffee at Mary Lous."
"My friends and I love going into Newport. It's only 45 minutes away so it makes for a great day trip!"
HC's Complete College Guide: Bryant University
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