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Bryant University

June 20, 2011 / Posted by in Blog

(Written by Margaret Pesikov)

Located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Bryant University is one of the most respected business schools in New England. With approximately 3000 students, Bryant is a very small campus and every building is within several minutes of walking. Also, the campus is very scenic and a pleasure to walk through. The size of the campus also contributes to its community feeling. After only a few months of their freshman year, most students end up getting to know a large portion of their peers.

Bryant is known for having a very strong Accounting program and has set countless students up with careers with companies such as Fidelity and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Although the University focuses primarily on business, it has a liberal arts program as well. The liberal arts program is fairly new, and many students have chosen to transfer after several years in hopes that another university would give them a better liberal arts education.

Bryant offers over 80 clubs and organizations. There is Greek Life, sports, business organizations, theater, radio, etc. Every student can find at least one club that they are interested in, and most students join several. It is a great way to make a lot of friends and great connections. In addition to clubs, Bryant has a lot of events on campus. There is something to do after class almost every night, including guest speakers, social events, etc. Because of this, students are rarely bored and are exposed to many networking opportunities. In addition, students are given the opportunity to go abroad for a semester to a country of their choosing. This is very popular, and students claim that it is an incredible and worthwhile experience.

Something that is not too great about Bryant is their Academic Advising. Advisors know very little, care very little, and try very little to help students decide on classes or majors, and solve problems with professors. There can definitely be a lot of improvement in the Academic Advising department. Also, it is very difficult to find complete quiet on campus. The library is relatively quiet and has a silent floor but there will always be somebody being disruptive. Also, it closes at 1:30 AM so people that enjoy studying late need to relocate. The classrooms are open to students to study in all day and night, but it is sometimes difficult to find one that is not already occupied.

The campus is primarily made up of upper middle-class white students, but there is some diversity. There are a lot of international students but unfortunately they tend to stick together. However, in the two years that I have been at Bryant, I have not witnessed any racism. People act very courteous toward one another.

All in all, Bryant is a very good school for Business and gives students a lot of opportunities to network with alumni and companies. Students have access to any resources that they may require, and classes are generally fair and manageable. From what I have heard from friends, the Liberal Arts program is one to stay away from, but otherwise, I believe that students receive a good education from Bryant.

Written by Margaret Pesikov

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