Published 04/12/17

Bryant students benefit from a positive return on investment on their degree

At a time when the value of a college education is increasingly measured in terms of “return on investment,” recently released data suggest Bryant graduates receive high value for their Bryant degree.  

An annual survey conducted by Bryant’s Office of Planning and Institutional Research (see below for background about survey) shows an impressive payoff in terms of salary for a Bryant education. The report shows that the median first-year salary for the Class of 2016 graduates is $57,000. In addition, 99 percent of graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of Commencement.

According to the federal government’s latest College Scorecard, Bryant ranks high in return on investment among peers within Rhode Island. 

The results of the survey of the Class of 2016 complements data provided by the U.S. Department of Education in its annual College Scorecard, which gives users access to extensive federal data on average college cost and graduate salaries for institutions across the U.S. It echoes Bryant’s high rankings for value published by major media outlets earlier this year.

Highlights from College Scorecard, Money, Forbes

According to the federal government’s latest College Scorecard, the University ranks high in return on investment among peers within Rhode Island. Bryant comes in first in the state among median earners, and ahead of Brown University and Providence College when it comes to graduates’ earnings after college. The scorecard shows that Bryant students who received federal financial aid have a median salary of $64,500 10 years after entering the University, whereas Brown University and Providence College graduates earn $59,700 and $57,700, respectively.

Bryant is on Money magazine's list of 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value, otherwise known as schools that best help students exceed expectations financially and academically. And Bryant is ranked No. 68 in Money’s assessment of 736 colleges that provide the best value for your tuition dollar.

Forbes named Bryant as one of 300 schools worth the investment in 2016. And The Princeton Review included Bryant in  The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition and ranked Bryant 18th in schools with the best career services. 

Academic reputation shines

Other rankings show our academic programs continue to be listed among elite institutions, signaling a strength that supports positive return-on-investment assessments:

  • US News & World Report: #9, Regional Universities-North
  • College Factual/USA Today: #3 business program in the U.S.; six majors in the top 10

As current rankings and data suggest positive outcomes for its students, Bryant continues to focus on providing an immersive education that has significant value in a global context.

With an emphasis on innovation and the comprehensive education that inspires it, Bryant today is one of the few institutions to require both a major and minor – one based in the College of Business, the other in College of Arts and Sciences. Its world-class faculty integrate theoretical and applied concepts in a broad range of majors, all complemented by rich co-curricular opportunities. And the University is becoming a leader in international education.

Bryant University has also re-thought the student learning experience in order to help develop skills that will become increasingly important for success in the global market. To prepare for a future that values innovation and rapid iteration, students at Bryant learn creative problem-solving, collaboration and leadership skills through unique programs, non-traditional teaching pedagogies, and academic spaces purposely built to support group learning and foster a culture of innovation.


* The 2016 Undergraduate Post-Graduation Outcomes Profile is a joint effort between the Office of Planning and Institutional Research and the Amica Center for Career Education. The summary comes from a multiple of sources and follows the “knowledge rate” protocols outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employer (NACE). The primary methods are an on-line and paper survey to members of the graduating cohort, feedback from employers working with Amica, data from the National Student Clearinghouse (graduate school attendance), and social media/other sources along with targeted communication (direct email/phone calls). 

The knowledge rate overall was 90%, 25% over the NACE recommended sample proportion and a 6% increase from the 2015 sample. The sample size has less than a 1% margin of error at the 95% confidence level. The sample proportions between the two colleges match almost exactly the population distribution. The sample is exactly representative of the overall population in terms of race (white versus of color/not reported) and closely representative in terms of gender (+1% more females in sample compared to population) and citizenship (-1% international students). See Appendix 3 for the sample details and pages 4-5 for breakout by major/concentrations for each college.