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Founded in 1863, Bryant University has had a long and rich history. It has pushed the envelope for the equality of women in schools and in the workplace. Since its inception, it has led the way in business education for all. Providing an education that can easily be applied in the workplace has been a benchmark for the Bryant style of teaching. The introduction of a liberal arts curriculum into the college has heightened the success of the institution as well as its graduates.

The school began its journey in Providence, Rhode Island as the Bryant and Stratton National Business College. In 1971, the school moved to its current location of Smithfield, Rhode Island. It was renamed Bryant University in 2004.

Overview of Bryant University

One of the most intriguing aspects of the university's history is the story of the wrought iron archway. Saved from its original home in Providence, the historic archway was brought to the current location where a new tradition began. It has become a symbol of completion, as only students who have made it to commencement walk through the arch. To honor this tradition, one senior class built a brick walkway around the arch for undergraduate students to follow.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 81%
Year Founded 1863

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,640


Undergraduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Male 4,550
Female 3,083


Male 3,185
Female 2,220

Acceptance Rate71%

Male 70%
Female 72%

Enrollment 867

Male 522
Female 345
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Whether or not you can afford college is a common concern among first-time college applicants. Unbeknownst to many people, the price listed for tuition can be deceiving. You can significantly decrease your out-of-pocket cost by utilizing the many available financial aid options like scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study programs. Every year the government offers billions of dollars in different financial aid options for students to utilize.

Using the available financial aid can make college an affordable option. Choosing to attend is one of the best investments you can make in your future. At Bryant University, the net cost of tuition (with financial aid applied) is $40,038.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $40,038
Average Total Aid $21,571
Students Receiving Financial Aid 97%
Room & Board $15,705

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $45,395
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $45,395
  • Books and Supplies - $1,400
  • Room & Board - $15,705
  • Other - $1,550


Bryant's College of Business offers the individual attention you would find on a small campus, with the knowledge and education of a large business college. Their programs in the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to become strong contributors right after graduation.

Bryant University offers advanced degrees in the areas of business administration and accounting, in addition to communication for graduates and postgraduates. Their School of Health Sciences also has a master's degree program in physician assistant studies.

The retention rate for full-time students is 87% and the graduation rate is 81%, both of which are more than excellent. Those rates are in combination with a 13 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, which is high enough to indicate that students will be able to have good discussions in class and small enough that they will be able to have at least some one-on-one time with their professors if they run into any issues with a course.

The retention rate indicates the number of first-time, first-year students who stay with the school, and the graduation rate shows how many of those students completed their degree programs. That information is a powerful indicator as to how well the university meets the needs of its freshmen. When first applying to a college, it's difficult to comprehend how much your life will be altered during that first year. How well the university is prepared to help students handle those difficulties is a crucial factor in whether or not the students choose to return the following year.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,640

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 729 Total Graduates / 82%
Finance, General 160 Graduates
Accounting 142 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 136 Graduates
International Business/Trade/Commerce 89 Graduates
Mathematics and Statistics 49 Total Graduates / 6%
Computational and Applied Mathematics 33 Graduates
Applied Mathematics, General 16 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 29 Total Graduates / 3%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 29 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 29 Total Graduates / 3%
Political Science and Government, General 11 Graduates
Applied Economics 9 Graduates
Economics, General 9 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 24 Total Graduates / 3%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 24 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 3%

Outcome & Salary

Every year millions of students attend a college or university in the hopes of attaining a degree to give them an edge in the job market. Individuals who complete their degree programs are more likely to succeed with the education they have acquired as they are more likely to find gainful employment. Those who decide against pursuing a degree struggle with finding a career as a high-school graduate.

In 2018, 99% of Bryant University graduates were either continuing their education or employed within six months of graduation. Their average salary was $60,000 for their first year in the workforce. 94% of the students agreed that Bryant University had prepared them for career success.

With a BU degree, you can expect to earn around $60,500 annually at the beginning of your career. Once you reach the middle of your career, the salary expectation is closer to $108,600. The average salary for a college graduate is $72,890. Without a college degree, the average salary is $38,792.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $60,500
College Grads Average Salary $72,890
College Grads Mid Career Salary $108,600
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $728,900
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,814,900
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $160,152
10 Year Projected ROI $568,748
20 Year Projected ROI $1,654,748
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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