Bryant University

Smithfield, RI
1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917-1291

Bryant University is a private university in Smithfield, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1863 as a school for men preparing for the ministry. The school became Bryant College in 1904 and offered its first four-year degree in 1920. In August 1969, it was renamed Bryant University. The university has approximately 3,700 undergraduate and 700 graduate students.

The school was founded by Rev. James Mitchell as the Bryant & Stratton Commercial Institute. In its early years, it operated as a business school offering programs in accounting, bookkeeping, and stenography. In 1904, the school was renamed Bryant College after a benefactor, John Bryant. The school began offering its first four-year degree in 1920 and became a coeducational institution in September 1959.

The university is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It offers bachelor's degrees in business, arts and sciences, and health sciences. Its graduate programs include master's degrees in business, accounting, and education.

Bryant University's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Bulldogs. The university is a member of the Northeast Conference. The men's basketball team has won one conference championship and made one appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The women's basketball team has won four conference championships and made four appearances in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament.

Quick Facts

Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above

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Annual Costs

Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $65,706

Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $65,706

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The estimated cost for four years as an undergraduate at Bryant University is $247462.20. This includes the average cost of attendance for four years plus the interest on the average loan over a ten year repayment minus the average of grants and scholarships per student.

We then contrast this figure with average early-career and mid-career average incomes of graduates of four year programs at Bryant University. For graduates of Bryant University, we saw an average early-career income of $65200.00 and mid-career income of $114800.00. We then ranked the school's value based on how many years of mid-career income it takes to repay the educational costs.