Opening Convocation gives official welcome to Class of 2018
The Class of 2018, one of the strongest and most competitive incoming classes in Bryant’s 151-year history, was formally welcomed into the Bryant academic community at Opening Convocation Sept. 3.
During the ceremony, President Ronald K. Machtley presented the University's Distinguished Character Award to Rabbi Leslie Gutterman, honoring the rabbi's "incomparable wisdom." Rabbi Gutterman, who received an honorary degree from Bryant in 2011, has served Temple Beth-El in Providence since 1970.
Highlights about the 867 members of the Class of 2018:
- 3.4 is the average GPA;
- top 25 percent is the average high school class rank;
- 1159 average SAT score;
- 10 percent are international students, coming from 28 countries. The top five countries represented in the class are: India, China, Canada, Ghana, and Venezuela;
- 17 percent are students who identify with African-American, Latino-American, or Asian-American backgrounds.
A total of 6,221 students applied to Bryant for admission this fall, one of the University’s largest applicant pools. Nearly half of the class applied Early Action or Early Decision. In fact, the number of Early Action applicants was greater than the number of Regular Decision students— testimony of their interest in attending Bryant.
As an institution committed to developing the student as a whole, Bryant has a test-optional admission policy. Students who believe standardized test scores are not an accurate representation of their academic achievement or talents have the option of completing two to three short-answer questions in place of submitting test scores to Bryant. Some 27 percent of the Class of 2018 submitted test-optional applications.
Among the incoming students, 73 percent seek business majors while more than 18 percent plan to pursue interests in the liberal arts and sciences. More than 8 percent of first-year students have not yet decided upon a major. The University provides resources and programming to assist these students as they make decisions about majors and careers.