Published 09/12/12

Bryant rises to 15th Best Regional University (North) in U.S. News rankings

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  – U.S. News & World Report has ranked Bryant University 15 th in the Regional Universities (North) category, up from 16 th in last year’s rankings. It is the eighth consecutive year Bryant has ranked among the top 20 schools in its category.

The rankings, released Sept. 12, are available online.

“Our strategic Vision 2020 is advancing Bryant in a number of significant ways,” said President Ronald K. Machtley. “From our nationally recognized First-Year Gateway Experience to the recent addition of several globally-focused graduate programs and partnerships with international peers in higher education, Bryant University is emerging as an innovative leader in higher education.”

"It is gratifying to know that Bryant’s peer institutions have taken note of our trajectory of excellence."

José-Marie Griffiths

Among the reasons for Bryant’s rise is the peer assessment score – 3.0, up from 2.9 last year. The score is one of the indicators U.S. News uses to assess academic quality. College and university administrators who receive the U.S. News survey are asked to rank schools’ academic programs on a 5-point scale, with 1 being “marginal” and 5 being “distinguished.” U.S. News averages the responses to produce the peer assessment score, which counts for 15 percentage points of the weighting.

“Academic innovation, applied multidisciplinary learning, and global perspective are hallmarks of a Bryant University education,” said José-Marie Griffiths, vice president for academic affairs. “It is gratifying to know that Bryant’s peer institutions have taken note of our trajectory of excellence in these areas.”

In other rankings within its category, Bryant

  • ranked 8 th in faculty resources, which is a combined measure of a school’s student-faculty ratio, average class size, and faculty salaries;
  • ranked 12 th in financial resources,  a measurement of a school’s spending per student on teaching, research, student services and related educational expenditures;
  • made the list of top 100 schools for “most international students”;
  • made the list of top 100 schools for “highest proportion of classes with under 20 students.”