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International Business continues national ascent; recognition for value, innovation in U.S News & World Report 2023 rankings
Sep 12, 2022, by Staff Writer
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SMITHFIELD, RI – Bryant University’s AACSB-accredited International Business (IB) program continues to rise in prominence with a No. 18 ranking in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 College Rankings, jumping 7 places since its first time on the national list in 2020.

At No. 7 in the Regional Universities North category, Bryant has risen steadily – 17 places – in the 19 years since entering the category. Bryant is also ranked a Most Innovative School (No. 11), a Best Value School (No. 43), and a Best College for Veterans (No. 7).

“These top rankings in competitive categories underscore the outstanding value of Bryant’s real-world education, culture of innovation, and commitment to superior learning and professional outcomes for our students." 

In addition to the U.S. News & World Report Best Value ranking, Bryant has been recognized for its strong return on investment (ROI) in several other prestigious rankings this year. The recently released Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) scorecard ranks Bryant in the top 1% (No. 46) in the nation for future earnings and return on investment. Washington Monthly ‘s “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking, places Bryant at No. 51 in the Northeast based on mobility metrics—how schools help students attain marketable degrees at an affordable price. Another ROI ranking, the list of Best Value Business Schools, ranks Bryant No. 5 , and the Payscale College Salary Report ranks top 11% in the country (170 out of 1,539).

“These top rankings in competitive categories underscore the outstanding value of Bryant’s real-world education, culture of innovation, and commitment to superior learning and professional outcomes for our students,” says Bryant President and renowned economist Ross Gittell, Ph.D. “Being ranked a most innovative school affirms the priorities we’ve set forth in our Vision 2030 strategic plan as it gains strong momentum and attracts increasing attention of students, families, alumni, and partners around the world.”

Innovation at Bryant today builds on a 160-year tradition of delivering education that anticipates the future to meet the needs of students in a changing world. Through Vision 2030 initiatives, Bryant is well underway to expanding academic programs, developing vibrant student life and Division I athletics programs, and enhancing state-of-the-art facilities—all within a supportive community that embraces a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These future-focused initiatives deliver a distinctive education that prepares students with the skills and qualities of character needed for a 21st century global economy.

“Bryant’s unique integration of academic excellence with immersive experiential learning and student life programs—all with a global perspective—prepares students to make immediate contributions with a distinct advantage when they enter the workforce, and recent rankings are a reflection of that reality.” says Bryant Provost and Chief Academic Officer Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D.

“I want to congratulate College of Business Dean Madan Annavarjula, IB Program Director Jacqueline Saslawski, and our world-class Business faculty on the success of the International Business program and it’s rise in the national rankings for the last four years,” adds Provost Paliwal.

“It is rewarding to see our International Business program growing in prominence,” says Annavarjula, who led the curricular design and development of the IB program in 2006. “Our program and faculty are second to none in delivering an education that ensures graduates develop the global mindset that is essential for success in today’s fast-changing world.”

Vision 2030 academic initiatives include the newly launched School of Health and Behavioral Sciences, which meets the demands of the growing healthcare industry by integrating health sciences, cognitive and behavioral sciences, data analytics, and business.

Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Exercise and Movement Science, and Healthcare Analytics are among the undergraduate degree programs launching this fall. Expanded graduate degree and certificate programs include Data Science, Business Analytics, Healthcare Informatics, Actuarial Sciences, and Taxation, with graduate certificates in FinTech and Risk and Crisis Communication.

In addition to Bryant’s innovative curriculum and marketplace driven academic programs, experiential learning opportunities are offered through individual courses and programs and through the award-winning Amica Center for Career education for all four years. Signature programs, including the first-year IDEA program (Innovation and Design Experience for All), as well as internships, simulations, practicums, and competitions are just a few of the ways the Bryant education prepare students to be real-world ready.


About Bryant University

Founded in 1863, this year Bryant University recognizes 160 years 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. 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, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. Visit


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