In this unprecedented year for education in the U.S. and around the world, many high school seniors are facing unique challenges as they finish high school and make important decisions about college. Bryant University Vice President of Enrollment Management Michelle Cloutier answers some frequently asked questions about the challenges of applying to college during the pandemic and how Bryant University is helping students and families navigate this uncharted territory.
The most important thing students can do is to get in touch with us as soon as possible about your circumstances.
What are you finding to be the biggest challenges for students choosing a college?
This past spring and summer, prospective students and their families have had to adapt to completely new circumstances that are continually changing based on how states, high schools, and colleges are responding to the pandemic. Most students are so focused on adjusting to new ways of learning and keeping up with their studies that they need more time and flexibility with their applications.
I’d like to apply to Bryant but have had some academic challenges in my senior year because of COVID-19, what can I do?
The most important thing students can do is to get in touch with us as soon as possible about your individual circumstances. Connect with your Admission Counselor via phone, email, or Zoom. For more information about applying and application deadline extensions, visit https://admission.bryant.edu/applying-to-bryant
How can I learn more about Bryant?
We have also created many opportunities for students to engage with our Admission team for interviews, informational conversations and questions, in-person and virtual tours, and information sessions. We invite you to connect in the ways that work for you. More information on all of the available resources can be found at explore.bryant.edu.
Is Bryant Test Optional? Will choosing this option negatively impact my application?
At Bryant, we believe your academic abilities and talents are reflected in many ways. That’s why we’ve been Test Optional for more than a decade. Your application will be given the same level of consideration whether you choose to submit SAT/ACT test scores or Test Optional.
The pandemic has posed some financial challenges for my family. Where can I go with questions about financial aid?
We have a number of resources students can take advantage of to help make your Bryant education possible. Bryant’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Counselors can answer your questions and discuss options with you at bryant.edu/financial-aid-and-tuition.
What is Bryant doing to help current students get the highest quality education possible amid the current challenges?
Bryant was among the first colleges and universities to announce its commitment to a residential experience for the fall 2020 semester and to welcome students back to campus in mid-August. The entire campus community mobilized over the summer and fall to reach a common goal: keep everyone healthy and finish the semester together. Today, Bryant is one of the first schools to reach this milestone. Read more about Bryant’s successful fall semester here.
The University invested more than $3 million to implement best safety practices, and more than $500,000 in new hybrid classroom technology and training to deliver HyFlex instruction. The entire campus community mobilized over the summer and fall to reach a common goal: keep everyone healthy and finish the semester together. Bryant is one of the first schools to reach this milestone.
Having successfully completed a full in-person fall semester, we plan to stay “Bryant Strong” and continue to deliver our high-quality, student-centered Bryant education in the spring.