Bryant rises to No. 9 in U.S. News rankings
SMITHFIELD, RI — In the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best College rankings released today, Bryant University breaks into the top 10 in the Regional Universities North category, rising to No. 9 from No. 11 last year. Bryant has jumped 15 points since its classification as a Masters North university in 2003.
“At Bryant, we look forward to the University's bright future. Years of planning and hard work by our dedicated faculty and staff have positioned us for this moment when our strategic innovations have reached critical mass," said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.
Bryant's rise in college rankings is just one indicator of the cumulative growth, innovation, and transformation at the University. A record 7,309 students, the most in Bryant’s history, applied for a spot in the Class of 2020. This and other key internal and external measures reflect 20 years of visionary leadership and the valuable contributions of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.
Highlights of Bryant’s growth and innovation
"Years of planning and hard work ... have positioned us for this moment when our strategic innovations have reached critical mass."
Since 1996, Bryant’s campus has added close to 400,000 square feet of new buildings. Under the leadership of President Machtley, the historic Bryant Builds initiative, launched in 2015, is Bryant’s largest and most transformative facilities initiative since Bryant’s move from Providence to Smithfield 45 years ago, adding more than 250,000 square feet at the Smithfield campus and in Zhuhai, China. These projects were launched with more than $62 million received so far in Bryant’s capital campaign, Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future.
The historic Bryant Builds initiatives include:
- The 50,000-square-foot Academic Innovation Center that opened in September 2016;
- The Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center, a feature of the David M. '85 and Terry Beirne Stadium Complex, was completed in the summer of 2015. It is the recipient of a Facilities of Merit Award from Athletic Business magazine;
- The 78,000-square-foot Conaty Indoor Athletic Center, featuring a state-of-the-art indoor turf field with a full 100 yards of turf, was added in May 2016;
- Bryant Zhuhai, a joint venture with Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai campus;
- The School of Health Sciences building that houses the Physician Assistant Learning Center.
Global Academic Excellence and Innovation
Bryant offers an unmatched learning environment that anticipates the future and advances innovation, design thinking, and creative problem solving.
- The new Academic Innovation Center, opened in September 2016, provides spaces for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning where students test their ideas, advance their thinking, and prepare for success.
- Bryant University welcomed the first entering class at Bryant Zhuhai, located in Guangdong Province, China, in September 2015.
- The First-Year Gateway and IDEA (Innovative Design Experience for All) programs reflect global cross-disciplinary perspectives as faculty guide students to apply creative thinking and problem solving to real-world scenarios.
- The Sophomore International Experience and study abroad programs give students abundant opportunities for immersive global experiences that prepare them to live and work in a world that is more iconnected than ever.
Student and Alumni Success
- 99% of Bryant’s Class of 2015 graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduating.
- The median first-year salary is $55,000 for 2015 graduates of the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Successful Bryant alumni comprise a global network of 44,000 entrepreneurs, scholars, and business and family leaders.