Published 09/10/14

Bryant rises to No. 11 in U.S. News rankings

 SMITHFIELD, R.I.  – Bryant University climbed to No. 11 (Regional Universities North) in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 9. It is the 10th consecutive year Bryant has appeared in the top 20 in its category. Last year Bryant ranked No. 14.

US News rankingsIn addition, for the second consecutive year Bryant is among the region’s “up-and-coming” universities worth watching because of the “promising and innovative changes” implemented in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, and facilities. Schools on this list are “rapidly evolving in ways that the public should be aware of and that are not always quickly noticeable in a college's year-to-year rankings,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

"Our goal has been to create an education that inspires students to become innovative leaders around the world."

The U.S. News ranking is just the latest to reflect the University’s growing reputation as an institution that provides a purposeful combination of innovative student-centered experiences that produce 360-degree learning:

  • College Factual recently named the undergraduate business program among the nation’s top 10 and specifically highlighted programs in accounting (No. 3), management (No. 4), marketing (No. 5) and international business (No. 6).
  • Bloomberg Businessweek placed the undergraduate business program in the nation’s top 50 (at No. 49), and cited International Business (No. 16), Operations Management (No. 55), and Finance (No. 56).  In its employer survey, Bryant ranked No. 18 out of 132 undergraduate programs reviewed.

 “The University’s sharp rise in rankings and reputation reflects a growing awareness of the changes that Bryant has made in our course offerings, new faculty, and teaching practices. Our goal has been to create an education that inspires students to become innovative leaders around the world, and our graduates are achieving this goal in every respect,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.

"These rankings attest to Bryant's commitment to innovative, experiential learning and global education," said Interim Provost Richard Joseph, M. Litt., J.D. “The foundation for Bryant’s education goal is Vision 2020: Expanding the World of Opportunity, the University’s bold strategic plan.”

Vision 2020 has led to the creation of the nationally recognized First-Year Gateway program; growth  in such multidisciplinary academic programs as International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics; construction of an advanced classroom known as the Ideation Lab; and plans for the landmark Academic Innovation Center to open in 2016.