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The year in news: Bryant’s top articles of 2023
Jan 02, 2024, by Casey Nilsson
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Bryant went big in 2023. All in a year, the university garnered national recognition for academic rigor, return on investment, and Division I athletics. Bryant graduated one exceptional class and welcomed a new one among the largest in institutional history. And the university took monumental steps in executing its Vision 2030 strategic plan, a ten-year roadmap into the future that's rooted in support from a highly engaged alumni community. 

As we march into 2024, here are the most impactful stories of the last year: 

Rising in the ranks

The university climbed U.S. News, Wall Street Journal, and Poets&Quants rankings in 2023. 

Bryant climbs Wall Street Journal “Best Colleges” list to top 7 percent in the nation
The news outlet also recognized Bryant as 54th in the nation for salary outcomes.

Bryant jumps to 6th university in the Northeast per U.S. News, named top college for outcomes
In addition to the regional ascent, from 7th in 2023 to 6th in 2024, Bryant was named among the best regional universities for value, landing at number 32 in the northern United States.

Bryant Online MBA makes Top 25 on the Poets&Quants online MBA rankings
The program leapt 15 points ahead of last year’s ranking. It’s the third consecutive year Bryant’s flexible MBA program landed on the prestigious list and the first year the program broke the Top 25. 


Return on investment

A first generation Bulldog holds their diploma at the 2022 Commencement.

Recent Bryant graduates see significantly higher ROI than peers across the U.S., per new Fed analysis
Bryant grads earn 36 percent more than the national median, when compared to recent graduates from other institutions of higher learning. 

Bryant Class of 2022 breaks university record for highest starting salary
Recent grads earned a median salary of $68,000 in the first six months following graduation — about $13,000 more annually than the national average.

Class of '22 Pell Grant recipients, students of color earn strongest return on investment
Class of 2022 recipients of the Federal Pell Grant reported median earnings of $72,000 annually. Graduates of color from the Class of 2022 reported earnings of $70,000 annually.


Academics and student life

A scene from the 2023 Commencement.

Class of 2023: Scenes from Commencement Week at Bryant
Photographers captured the joy and accomplishments of new graduates over a week of celebrations at Bryant. 

One year in, leaders of new School of Health and Behavioral Sciences look to the future
Director Kirsten Hokeness, Ph.D., and Associate Director Joe Trunzo, Ph.D., discuss their vision for the health sciences at Bryant.

Bryant men’s soccer team heads to NCAA tournament
The team's record-breaking season culminated in a fierce home game against Yale University. 

Selected from a competitive pool, new members of Bryant Senior Advisory Council announced
A Bryant tradition, BSAC offers top seniors the opportunity to meet monthly with university leaders and make an impact before they graduate. 

Bryant launches first-ever online, asynchronous Master’s in Actuarial Science
The first of its kind in the nation, the master's program builds on the successes of Bryant's undergraduate major in actuarial math — one of the top ten in the nation, according to the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Welcoming Bryant’s undergraduate Class of 2027
The new class of students include a Softball Little League World Series athlete, a fashion designer, classic car restorer, a Rubik’s Cube competitor, and an entrepreneur who developed software that encrypts passwords. 


Vision 2030

State dignitaries, Board of Trustee members, and university leaders gathered at Homecoming 2023 to cut the ribbon on the new Business Entrepreneurship Leadership Center. 

Bill ’67 and Sue Conaty make transformational $5M gift, become Vision 2030 Lead Investors
Bill ’67 and Sue Conaty became the first Lead Investors in Vision 2030 with a $5 million gift, bringing their lifetime support of the university to more than $13 million. 

Bryant University ushers in bold new era of excellence and innovation with campus expansion
In May, the university announced a significant campus expansion thanks to a generous real estate donation from neighboring Fidelity Investments. The acquisition is the future home of the Business Entrepreneurship Leadership Center. 

Joe ’80 and Kathi ’81 (Jurewicz) Puishys make $5 million investment in Bryant Vision 2030
The couple hopes their early Vision 2030 investment is a catalyst for others to support the university’s strategic plan.

Bryant Giving Day Inspires Record Philanthropy
Bryant set new records for philanthropy during its sixth annual Giving Day, with more than $2.3 million raised from 4,782 donors.

Bryant 3.0: Inside phase 1 of the university’s transformational Campus Master Plan
A 250,000-square-foot hub for academic excellence; a future-forward residence hall; updates to athletic, dining, and co-curricular facilities: These, and more, high-impact projects are underway as Bryant University embarks on phase 1 of its ten-year Campus Master Plan.


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