Founded in 1863, Bryant University is a private university offering both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The university is divided into three schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the Graduate School of Business.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in applied economics, applied mathematics and statistics, actuarial mathematics, communication, applied psychology, environmental science, literary and cultural studies, history, global studies, politics and law, and sociology.
The College of Business offers a degree in business administration, and students can choose from concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, financial services, computer information systems, management, finance, and marketing. It also offers a degree in information technology, and a degree in international business with concentrations in computer information systems, management, finance, and marketing.
The Graduate School of Business offers full-time and part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs and an MBA for Informational Technology Professionals. It also offers Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) and Master of Science in Taxation (MST) programs. 97% of the university’s 2010 graduates secured full-time employment or were enrolled in full-time graduate school within six months of graduation.
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Applications are accepted for Early Decision I, Early Action, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision admissions plans. Freshman application requirements include the completed Common Application form with the Bryant University Supplement, a personal statement, a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, a secondary school report, official SAT or ACT score reports, an official transcript, a non-refundable application fee, and an optional teacher evaluation.
Candidates who are applying under the Early Decision I or II plans must also submit a list of their senior courses and the Early Decision Supplement. Early Decision I applications are due in mid-November, while Early Action applications are due in early December and Early Decision II applications are due in January. Regular Decision applications must be received by early February. International students are required to take the TOEFL exam. The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 550 (213 computer-based exam), and an 80 on the IBT exam. Transfer applicants, international applicants, and students who have been home schooled should check the university’s website for additional instructions.
Each year, the university offers millions of dollars in grants and merit scholarships to incoming students. Many undergraduates receive some form of need-based financial assistance. Students are encouraged to contact the university’s Office of Financial Aid with questions, as the staff is committed to helping students and their families apply for and understand the financial aid that is available to them.
All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority deadline for first-year students who wish to enroll in the fall is February 15. Students should note that the FAFSA must be completed each year.
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The majority of students live on campus. Freshman students are housed together in the First Year Complex, which has two coed residence halls. There is also the Suite Village, which has fourteen residence suite-style halls that have three-double bedrooms, living areas, and private bathrooms with multiple stalls and showers. There are also resources and facilities that have been designed to accommodate commuter students. The Commuter Connection, located on the third floor of the Bryant Center, is a place where commuter students can meet and relax between classes.
There are many activities and clubs in which students can participate in. The university has internships and recruiting partnerships with more than 300 companies. There are more than 80 clubs and student organizations, as well as service learning and leadership development programs. Students can also choose to study abroad for a semester, a summer, or a year in one of 45 countries.
There are many things to do off-campus as well. The school is located just 15 minutes away from Providence, the capital of Rhode Island; is also just 45 minutes from Boston; and 3 hours from New York City.
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The Bulldogs have 22 intercollegiate varsity athletic teams that include 11 teams for men and 11 teams for women – they compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Northeast Conference.
The men’s teams include basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, football, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, tennis, swimming, soccer, and diving. The women’s teams consist of softball, cross country, swimming and diving, basketball, field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Students can also compete in different club sports and on intramural teams. There are 20 club level sports teams, which include bowling, cheerleading, hockey, karate, gymnastics, racquetball, crew, rugby, ice skating, skiing and snowboarding, ultimate frisbee, wrestling, dance, and volleyball.
Athletic facilities include the Baseball Complex, the Softball Complex, the Tennis Complex, the Track & Turf Complex, Bulldog Stadium, the Chase Athletic Center, the Chase Wellness Center, the Jarvis Weight Room, and Sutton Field.
- Michelle Peluso, former CEO of Travelocity
- Michael E. Fisher, Managing Director of Barclays Global Investors
- Daniel Schmitt, Partner at KPMG
- Stephen Sloan, MLB pitcher for the San Diego Padres
- Nicholas Colasanto, actor
- David M. Beirne, Partner at Benchmark Capital, which owns eBay
- Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture
- Thomas Ciaburri Jr., TV & Radio Personality
Bryant is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), a distinction bestowed on only 5% of universities.
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