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Bryant University Overview

Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Bryant University is a private not-for-profit institution. The suburban atmosphere of Smithfield makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Bryant University Known For?

892 Undergraduate Awards
$46,960 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Bryant is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Bryant is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Bryant makes roughly $69,300 a year. This is 70% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Bryant to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Bryant University Rankings

We have ranked Bryant as #85 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Bryant also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Rhode Island ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Bryant has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#78 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bryant.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bryant has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#15 Best International Business Schools College Factual
#37 Best Communication & Media Studies Schools College Factual
#44 Best Communication & Journalism Schools College Factual
#53 Best Accounting Schools College Factual
#103 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#108 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual

Where Is Bryant University?


Contact details for Bryant are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917-1291
Phone: 401-232-6000

How Do I Get Into Bryant?

You can apply to Bryant online at:

Admission Requirements for Bryant

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bryant?

76% Acceptance Rate
41% Of Accepted Are Women
69% Submit SAT Scores
Bryant has an acceptance rate of 76%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 59% of accepted students are men and 41% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 69% of students accepted to Bryant submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 630. Math scores were between 560 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bryant University  ( 560 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Bryant University  ( 560 to 650 )
Bryant received ACT scores from 8% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Bryant University  ( 25 to 30 )

Can I Afford Bryant University?

$46,960 Net Price
58% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bryant is $46,960. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bryant, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $16,038 a year. That adds up to $64,152 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bryant is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bryant University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,255 Full-Time Undergraduates
38% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,281 undergraduate students at Bryant, with 3,255 being full-time and 26 being part-time.


There are also 393 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,255 full-time undergraduates at Bryant, 62% are male and 38% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bryant University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 122
Black or African American 107
Hispanic or Latino 219
White 2,501
International Students 185
Other Races/Ethnicities 121

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Bryant University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 61 countries are represented at Bryant. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Bryant University

457 Took All Classes Online
457 Took At Least One Class Online
2,000.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 457 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bryant has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 7th most popular in Rhode Island for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Bryant

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bryant University was 2,000.3%. This is the #66 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bryant regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Bryant majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 25%
Business, Management & Marketing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bryant ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bryant.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Business Administration & Management #31
Business, Management & Marketing #37

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bryant University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 130 0 60 190
Finance & Financial Management 182 0 7 189
Accounting 121 0 50 171
Marketing 150 0 0 150
International Business 77 0 10 87
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 18 11 23 52
Allied Health Professions 0 0 47 47
Communication & Media Studies 39 0 3 42
Applied Mathematics 42 0 0 42
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 20 0 0 20
Entrepreneurial Studies 19 0 0 19
Political Science & Government 19 0 0 19
General Biology 18 0 0 18
Management Information Systems 15 0 0 15
Human Resource Management 12 0 0 12
Taxation 0 0 12 12
Economics 11 0 0 11
Romance Languages 7 0 0 7
International Studies 3 0 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 0 3
Cultural Studies & Analysis 2 0 0 2
Sociology 2 0 0 2
East Asian Languages 1 0 0 1
History 1 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 892 11 212 1,115


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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