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Founded in 1930 after the famous 1925 Scopes Trial, Bryan College is a small private Christian college named after the statesman William Jennings Bryan, who had expressed his wish “to teach truth from a Biblical perspective” at an institution of higher education. Located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in tiny Dayton, Tennessee this hilltop campus on 128 acres serves about 1,250 students, including about 800 undergraduates from 41 different states and nine foreign countries. About 43 percent of students are in-state, and another 57 percent are from outside Tennessee.

Approximately 450 students are enrolled in the school’s graduate programs and online learning programs.

All courses are taught from a Christian perspective and there is a heavy emphasis on Christianity and global service. All of the faculty members sign a “statement of faith” each school year.


Undergraduates are offered associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees in 19 majors and 40 concentrations. Students wishing to further their studies can pursue two types of master’s degrees — the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree.

Current majors include Drama/Theater Arts, Music, Biology, Business Administration/Management, Communications/Rhetoric, Computer Science, Education, English Language & Literature, Spanish, History, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematics/Computer Science, Exercise Sciences, Christian Studies, Psychology, Political Science/Government, Bible Studies, and Religious Education.

Some of the most popular areas of study are business/marketing, communications/journalism, and education.

About 80% of the full-time faculty teaching the bachelor’s degree programs hold a doctorate or highest degree in their respective fields.The student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1.

Honors Program

The College Honors Program provides students with rigorous alternative methods of instruction, and extracurricular and cultural opportunities to expand their horizons. The Honors Program offers honors classes, advanced research classes, field trips, and a thesis or internship. Some honors students can modify a regular class for honors credit. Honors classes are generally smaller than regular classes and allow for more interaction with professors. To qualify, incoming freshmen must have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1240, and a high school grade point average of at least 3.6. Students can also be considered at the end of freshman year, with recommendations from two faculty members and a 3.75 GPA. At least 18 semester hours of honors courses are required in the program.

Study Abroad

Two study abroad programs are available for the students at this small college, including an Italy Abroad Semester and the ACTS Project international summer internship program, which has a decidedly religious theme to it. Italy Abroad is semester-long experience that blends academics and cultural experiences with “a missions lifestyle”. Students study at a small Christian school, Saints Bible Institute of San Lorenzo, along with other American students, and some Bryan professors travel to Italy to teach some of the courses.

ACTS Program

The college’s ACTS Program, also a semester long, is a Bible study program that introduces students to others around the world, places them with a missionary or a pastoral family, and encourages participants to study a profession related to the ministry.

Most Popular Fields of Study


There is an online application, and students can apply for early action. The application requires an essay or personal statement, high school transcript, a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and three letters of recommendation. Freshmen applications are considered on a rolling basis.

If you’d like to visit the campus, you can partake in Breakfast @ Bryan, a morning visit that includes breakfast with the faculty followed by a campus tour and time to speak with admissions and financial aid representatives. The college also has Elevate, an overnight visit for students that is held each spring and fall. Prospective students arrive in the afternoon, have dinner with current students, choose from a number of evening activities, and spend the night in a residence hall.

You can also register online to visit the campus on a weekday, sit in on classes, attend chapel, and get a detailed tour of the campus. You also have the opportunity to speak with admissions counselors and financial aid representatives, and, if you choose, with professors and coaches.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is offered to students in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs. The average financial award is about $17,000 per year. About 100 Presidential Scholarships of $8,000 to $12,000, the highest academic award at this school, are given to incoming freshmen who have attained a minimum high school grade point average of 3.6, and an SAT score of 1240 or ACT score of 28.

The Bryan College Dean’s Scholarship, ranging from $4,000 to $8,000, is awarded to freshmen with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an SAT score of 1100 or ACT score of 24. Bryan College also awards grants of $1,000, music performance scholarships of $4,000, which goes to two incoming freshmen pursuing music majors and have auditioned. Sibling grants of $1,000 are awarded and National Merit Scholar Recognition Program grants of $1,000 to $2,000.

The Bryan Opportunity Program helps academically qualified Tennessee students who demonstrate significant financial need by awarding full scholarships and room and board. Students must complete the FAFA form and must be from a family with a total income of less than $35,000.

Student Financial Aid Details

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All students up to the age of 22, unless they live with family in the area, are required to live in residence halls. This accounts for the relatively high numbers of students — 85 percent — who live on campus.


Men’s residence halls include the Woodlee-Ewing hall, which houses 174 students. Woodlee-Ewing consists of two-room suites with two students in each room, and a shared bathroom. The hall includes lounges on each floor, a kitchen area, a laundry room, storage and a community computer lab. Also for men, H.D. Long Hall is their oldest residence facility, and contains 52 rooms with sinks, community bathrooms on each floor, a lounge, laundry room and a resident director’s apartment.

The Townhouses are the newest residence halls, built in 2010 and featuring two wings, one for men and the other for women. Reserved for upper class students, the Townhouses are six-student apartments that feature a full kitchen, living area, and cable TV in each apartment. Residents are not required to be on the meal plan or observe college curfews.

Women’s dorms include FE Robinson Hall, built in 2006, which provides housing for 120 students in a traditional style dorm with 60 double rooms. Community bathrooms are on each floor, and Robinson features lounges on each of its four floors, a computer lab with wireless access, a kitchen, and an elevator.

Arnold Hall is a suite-style residence hall that accommodates 100 students who live in double rooms with connecting bathrooms between two rooms. The building has a lounge, kitchen, laundry rooms, two study lounges, and a computer lab. The Huston Residence Hall, one of the oldest on campus, has 52 rooms, a lounge, kitchen, community bathrooms, and laundry rooms.


Dining on the campus is pretty much limited to one all-you-can-eat dining hall, which is operated by Pioneer College Caterers. The dining hall includes a deli bar, salad bar, grill station, Belgian waffle bar, and omelet station. If you’re sick, your resident assistant can approve a sick tray for you.There is also a small coffeehouse in Mercer Hall.


There are more than 40 student clubs and organizations, including the popular Hilltop Players, a theater troupe that produces four plays/musicals each year; student government; a debate club; a number of musical groups; and the student-run newspaper, Triangle.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Lions compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The college fields intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s baseball, women’s volleyball, softball and women’s cheerleading. The college also has coed teams in cross-country running, track and field, and golf.

Intramural sports are men’s and co-ed volleyball,flag football, men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, ping pong, pool and Fooseball.

There is also has a fitness center, located on the upper level of the Summers Athletic Complex, available to all students, faculty and staff. The Fitness Center is equipped with a cardiovascular fitness area, a room with weight machines, and a free weights room.

Additional School Information

There is a state-of-the-art library that was opened in 2001 and has more than 145,000 volumes in its collection, including 60,000 e-books and 10,000 online journals. The Academic Support Center helps students with services that include tutoring in core curriculum and major courses, assistance with writing research papers, internships and job searches.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Tennessee and 1292nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.82
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.07
Arrest 3 0.20

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 9 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 4 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 32 0.44
Larceny 178 2.45
Vehicle theft 6 0.08

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dayton, TN 37321-7000
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,141 (7,877 urban / 8,264 rural)
Households6,156 (2.51 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,310
Families4,487 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (business)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationInterdenominational
Congressional District4704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1254th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $21,150 $21,150 $21,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $885 $885 $885
FT Graduate Tuition $9,204 $9,204 $9,204
FT Graduate Required Fees $30 $30 $30
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $384 $384 $384
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $31,075 $31,075 $31,075
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $31,752 $31,752 $31,752
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,173 $25,173 $25,173

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $19,550 $20,150 $19,550 $20,150 $19,550 $20,150
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,250
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,720 $5,950
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,320 $2,425
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,965 $6,579
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,320 $2,773
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,320 $2,773

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,151 (405 male / 737 female)
Admitted 433 (178 male / 255 female)
Admission rate 38%
First-time Enrollment 187 (90 male / 97 female)
FT Enrollment 187 (90 male / 97 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,704

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Appalachian Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Appalachian Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

800th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 87%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 27
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

471st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 29%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 920 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity741
Meals per Week20
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3467th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $49,990 ($51,615 male / $43,537 female)
Number of FT Faculty 58 (45 male / 13 female)
Number of PT Faculty 140
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $848,479

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