For member’s of Bryant’s record-breaking Class of 2026, success starts with Orientation in June. Bryant University's greatest strength is its attention to the potential and success of each individual student, and beginning with Orientation the incoming class of more than 1000 will find fellow students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to supporting the transition to university life to help Bryant’s newest Bulldogs get the most out of their academic and student life experiences. While becoming acclimated to the University’s close-knit community and important resources and opportunities, the students will build their fall course schedule, make friends among fellow classmates, engage with staff and faculty, and get excited for the fall semester.
“Bryant’s Orientation is designed to establish a solid foundation for learning and personal growth,” says Dr. Inge-Lise Ameer, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “Orientation begins the transformational Bryant experience for students and starts the process of forging lifelong friendships, developing mentoring opportunities and creating their path of how they will contribute to the Bryant community.”
According to Assistant Dean of Student Leadership and Experience Jess Raffaele, who oversees Bryant’s Center for Student Leadership and Involvement as well as the Office of Student Events and Orientation Programs, “One of the things that sets the Bryant community apart is the learning that extends beyond the classroom. We are excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Orientation and engage these talented students in programs that will connect them with each other, showcase the exciting opportunities they will have during their college career, and help them envision how they can positively contribute to the campus community. Our goal is to create a sense of belonging from the very first day. Know that Bryant is your home away from home.”
Through Orientation, students will get to know the group of 18 student Orientation Leaders who are ready to answer their questions and continue to be a resource for success throughout their Bryant experience. As a group, the Orientation Leaders represent many of the more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus. Their activities range from Student Government to the Bryant Chamber Ensemble, Velocity Dance Team, Bottom Line a cappella, Mock Trial, Black Women’s Blueprint, Relay for Life, Bryant Pride, Hillel, Bryant Players theater group, Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization (CEO), Student Honors Council, Woke Athletes and Esports.
2022 Orientation Leaders
Sara Anselmo ’23, from Tyngsborough, MA, with a double major in Marketing and Leadership and Innovation Management; Samantha Reardon ’23, from East Greenwich, RI, majoring in Data Science; and Colby Phillips ’23, from Barnstable, MA, majoring in Actuarial Mathematics, are this year’s Orientation Coordinators.
Serving on the 2022 Orientation Leader team with the three Orientation Coordinators and eager to meet you are:
Janet Asselin ’24, from Springfield, MA, Business Administration undeclared
Joe Bouchie ’23, from Manchester, CT, majoring in Actuarial Mathematics
Lexi Brandao ’24, from North Smithfield, RI, majoring in Economics
Char Dunn ’25, from Hillborough, NC, majoring in Accounting
Janell Gamboa ’25, from Rehoboth, MA, Business Administration undeclared
Cat Harris ’24, from Arlington, MA, Student Government Vice President, with double majors in Global Studies and Politics and Law
Sam Hazen ’24, from West Milford, NJ, majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Dan Iaralov ’25, from South Boston, MA, majoring in Entrepreneurship
Dana Jurgielewicz ’23, from Easton, CT, with double majors in Team and Project Management and Environmental Sciences
Conor Kincaid ’25, from Westborough, MA, Business Administration undeclared
Gabriel Mullings ’25, from Dorchester, MA, majoring in Finance
Kevin Niranjan ’24, from East Brunswick, NJ, majoring in Finance
Hailey Olshefsky ’25, from Garden City, NY, majoring in International Business
Sam Pollack ’23, from Foxboro, MA, majoring in Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Raegan Rapoza ’25, from Marion, MA, majoring in Accounting
Visit https://www.bryant.edu/orientation for further details regarding Orientation.
For nearly 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The University delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, STEM fields and the liberal arts. Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. Visit www.bryant.edu.