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Bryant jumps to No. 7 in U.S. News ranking; innovation, teaching, IB also lauded
Sep 09, 2019

Contact: Cecilia Cooper | Director, Public Relations | 401-232-6932 | ccooper@bryant.edu

SMITHFIELD, RI – In rankings news released today, Bryant jumped three spots to No. 7 in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report College Rankings (rising 17 places in the 16 years since the University entered the Regional Universities North category). The University is also recognized as the No. 8 Most Innovative School, No. 3 Best College for Veterans, and      No. 17 for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Bryant’s International Business (IB) program is ranked as one of the best in the nation—No. 25 in a field of some of the most prestigious universities in the country. According to the editors, this ranking is based solely on peer assessment surveys, and only programs accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) are considered.

"[These rankings] are the result of the dedication of world-class faculty in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, the philanthropic support of successful Bryant alumni around the world, and inspired students who embrace the opportunities that a Bryant education provides.”

For more than 20 years, an increasing number of students, alumni, and peers have been taking notice of Bryant University’s excellent academic programs, innovative teaching, transformative learning experiences, and global perspective. The return on investment for a Bryant education ranks No. 5 on the Payscale.com list of “Best Value Business Schools.”

“I am proud of Bryant’s dramatic ascent in these rankings, which are the result of the dedication of world-class faculty in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, the philanthropic support of successful Bryant alumni around the world, and inspired students who embrace the opportunities that a Bryant education provides,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.

Other leading success indicators

In addition to the positive rankings data, several other key indicators reflect Bryant’s growing academic strength and awareness throughout the United States and around the world. The 891 members of the Class of 2023 were drawn from the largest and most highly qualified applicant pool in Bryant’s 156-year history. At 7,700 in 2019, applications have nearly quadrupled, and full-time undergraduate enrollments have increased 59 percent over the last 23 years.

This year’s freshman class earned admission through impressive academics, leadership experience, and character: The average high school GPA for the Class of 2023 was 3.4, and the average SAT total score was 1216.  More than 20 percent of the Class of 2023 was admitted into the University’s Honors Program, which requires a minimum SAT of 1270 or ACT of 27, as well as ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class (or GPA of at least 3.6).

In other top rankings news, Bryant ranks No. 3 in International Business, Business, Management, and Marketing, No. 4 in Accounting, and ranks in the top 10 percent at No. 175 in College Factual’s national rankings.  Also in College FactualBryant stands out as No. 3 in Rhode Island, No. 32 in New England, and is considered a "Best College for the Money." College Consensus ranks Bryant No. 8 Best Regional University – North, and No. 9 Best Online MBA program in the country.

Additional rankings recognizing programs, student transformation and outcomes, and return on investment include:

  • The Wall Street Journal 2020 College Rankings placed Bryant No. 208 overall (top 25%), and at No. 147 for student outcomes.
  • Forbes ranks Bryant No. 203 in its Top Colleges Rankings nationally and No. 90 in the Northeast.
  • In the Payscale College Salary Report Bryant is among the top 9 percent in the country (143 out of 1,566) for the highest alumni salaries overall, with the average early career salary for all Bryant alumni at $60,500 and $108,600 at mid-career.
  • The Princeton Review has once again included Bryant on its list of the Top 385 Schools in the United States, 2020 Edition and the Top 224 Schools in the Northeast.
  • According to MilitaryFriendly.com, Bryant is ranked No. 2 as a Military Friendly School, and is also designated a Military Friendly Spouse School.

To learn more about Bryant University’s rankings and accreditations, academic programs, distinguished faculty, and purpose-driven students, visit www.Bryant.edu.

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