Undergraduate Admission

Bryant University seeks young men and women who want to tailor their education to match their academic and career interests. A combination of liberal arts, business, and technology courses provides students with flexibility as well as the academic foundation necessary to pursue their professional goals.

The total undergraduate enrollment of Bryant University is regulated by action of the board of trustees, with a resulting limitation in the number of candidates who can be admitted each year. Because of the limitations on enrollment, the Office of Admission, under the leadership of the Vice President of Enrollment Management, conducts a selective review of candidates for admission. Every student seeking entrance to an undergraduate degree program must apply through the Office of Admission. Students may be admitted to the University on a full-time or part-time basis.

The criteria for admission are intended to identify those students who are most likely to successfully complete four years of rigorous study at Bryant University. The Admission Committee considers each candidate individually and bases its decisions on a number of factors. The material that follows pertains to undergraduate admission. Graduate students should contact the Office of Graduate Admission and refer to the requirements of individual programs. Although admission standards are consistent for first-time freshmen and transfer students, we recommend that students interested in transferring credits from another institution carefully read the information provided under the heading “Transfer Admission.”

Candidates for all bachelor’s degrees should be graduates of an approved high school or the equivalent, with a distribution of courses of sufficient breadth and depth to offer a proper background for the core curriculum at Bryant. Individual differences will exist in such programs, but applicants to Bryant should have four years of English, two years of history or social science, two years of lab science, four years of college preparatory mathematics (with a preference for precalculus or calculus in the senior year), and two years of a foreign language. It is recommended that the remaining units necessary for high school graduation be in mathematics, foreign language, science, and social studies.

Although the course work recommended for admission represents the equivalent of the usual four-year college preparatory curriculum, the admission policy of the University is designed to enroll students with a variety of backgrounds. Evidence of academic growth, demonstrated leadership ability, and motivation are special qualities that may not be reflected in the accumulation of credits. The Admission Committee, however, considers such qualities vitally important. The committee also places value on recommendations from the high school college counseling department and others concerning character traits and personal qualifications not shown in the academic record.

For further information regarding the Office of Admission and/or the policies linked on the left-hand side of this page, please contact us at:

Bryant University
Office of Admission
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
(800) 622-7001

Applying To Bryant

Bryant University accepts the Common Application and the Universal College Application and gives equal consideration to both. An online version of the Common Application can be accessed at www.commonapp.org. The Universal College Application can be accessed at www.universalcollegeapp.com. The Office of Admission highly recommends, but does not require, a campus visit as part of the application process. Details of visitation options are listed under the Campus Visit section.

Applications should be filed according to the following deadlines:

  • November 1 – Early Decision I
  • November 15 – Early Action
  • January 15 – Early Decision II
  • February 1 – Regular Decision

Please note that there are no additional applications or deadlines required for scholarship consideration. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships during the regular application review. Awards will be granted at the time of acceptance notification.

A non-refundable application fee of $50 must accompany each application. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards tuition. Waivers of application fees are accepted when forwarded on the appropriate forms from the school college counseling office. Students for whom the application fee is a hardship should consult the college counseling offices at their schools.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask the college counselor of the secondary school to send a copy of the official school record directly to Bryant, including senior first-quarter and mid-year grades.

Entrance Examinations

Bryant University has adopted a test optional admission policy. As an institution committed to developing the student as a whole, this policy allows students more opportunities to demonstrate their strengths and talents. While we recognize that standardized tests accurately measure aptitude for many students, there are many still whose talents are not measured by such tests.

Students who feel their standardized test scores are not an accurate representation of their academic achievement or talent will now have the option of answering three questions in a short essay format in place of submitting their test scores to Bryant.

For those students who elect to submit test scores, results should be forwarded to Bryant (SAT CEEB code 3095)(ACT code 3802) directly. If during the evaluation process it is discovered that the test results are missing, the student will be notified by mail, email or phone. Delays in the decision-making process can result if the committee does not have the scores on time. The Admission Committee recommends that the test be taken by December of the senior year. In the evaluation process, if more than one score is reported, the highest composite score within one test (SAT or SAT Redesigned) will be used regardless of the test date. Only the highest composite ACT will be used regardless of the test date.


The Office of Admission requires a letter of recommendation from the counselor, principal, or headmaster from the candidate’s school of graduation as part of a candidate’s file. The recommendation should address the candidate’s qualifications such as intellectual motivation, social adjustment, participation in school activities, and established habits of industry, dependability, and leadership.


Although interviews are not required, prospective students are welcome to schedule an interview with an admission officer. In certain cases, an interview may be required if, in the opinion of the Director of Admission, the additional information gained through an interview would be helpful in making the appropriate decision regarding admission. In such cases, the candidate will be notified of our request.

Early Decision/Early Action

Early Decision

The Early Decision program best suits those students who have thoroughly researched college options and determined that Bryant University is clearly their first choice. Bryant University offers two Early Decision deadlines. Applications to be considered for Early Decision I must be postmarked by November 1 and admission decisions will be released in mid-December. Applications to be considered for Early Decision II must be postmarked by January 15 and admission decisions will be released in mid-February. All Early Decision applicants must submit a signed Early Decision Supplement form prior to the application review process. Students applying under the Early Decision II program are required to submit first quarter or first trimester grades.

Early Decision candidates will receive one of three responses: an offer of admission, a deferral to the regular application pool, or a denial. Students who are deferred do not need to submit a new application but may be requested by the Admission Committee to submit additional materials such as mid-year grades, additional testing, or other documents indicating academic progress. Deferred candidates are released from the Early Decision binding agreement and will be notified of their admission decision with the Regular Decision applicant pool in mid-March. Students who are admitted under the Early Decision program are expected to enroll, pending an adequate financial aid package, and agree to withdraw any applications that have been made to other colleges and to initiate no new ones.

The Admission Committee reviews applicants in the Early Decision pool to determine that the applicant is academically prepared to be successful at Bryant, has demonstrated a commitment to Bryant, and shows promise of contributing to the Bryant community. Students admitted under the Early Decision program receive their merit awards (if applicable) and need-based financial awards (if required financial aid paperwork has been provided) with their letter of acceptance. Students Admitted under the Early Decision I program must submit an $800 non-refundable enrollment deposit by January 9. Students admitted under the Early Decision II program must submit an $800 non-refundable enrollment deposit by March 11.

Early Action

The Early Action program (EA) is a non-binding application option in which students receive their admission decision earlier in the process. Students are encouraged to apply Early Action if Bryant is one of their top choices. The admission criteria are the same for EA and Regular Decision, so the likelihood of being admitted EA and Regular Decision is the same. The advantage of applying EA is that students will know by mid-January if they have been admitted to Bryant.

Early Action candidates will receive one of three responses: an offer of admission, a deferral to the regular application pool, or a denial. Students who are deferred to the regular decision pool do not need to submit a new application but may be requested by the Admission Committee to submit additional materials such as mid-year grades, additional testing, or other documents indicating academic progress.

Along with an offer of admission, students may also receive merit scholarship notification (if applicable). Admitted EA students receive their need-based financial aid package once the FAFSA has been processed.

Applications to be considered for Early Action must be postmarked by November 15 and admission decisions will be mailed mid-January. Under this non-binding process, students have until May 1 to submit the $800 non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Admission and Deposit

The Office of Admission grants admission only through written notice. An admitted student may secure a place in the entering class by notifying the University that he or she intends to enroll at Bryant and by forwarding an $800 non-refundable deposit. This fee is applicable towards the fall-term bill. Students who subsequently decide not to enroll will forfeit the entire deposit.

Students applying under the Early Decision I program will receive their admission decision by mid-December and their commitment deposit is due by January 9th.

Students applying under the Early Action program will receive their admission decision by mid-January and their commitment deposit is due by May 1st.

Students applying under the Early Decision II program will receive their admission decision by mid-February and their commitment deposit is due by March 11th.

Students applying under the Regular Decision program will receive their admission decision by mid-March and their commitment deposit is due by May 1st.

Post-acceptance Review

It is assumed that those candidates selected for admission will continue to maintain a level of academic accomplishment equal or superior to their prior record throughout the senior year. The Office of Admission reserves the right to rescind offers of admission for candidates whose final records are significantly lower than the record on which the admission decision was based, or for misrepresentation or misconduct.

Early Admission

Exceptionally qualified students who have exhausted the educational opportunities at their high schools can be considered for early admission. Candidates for early admission must have completed all of the University’s entrance requirements and submit results of the SAT or ACT examination.

Additionally, an official of the high school must send a letter of recommendation to the Director of Admission indicating that the candidate is personally mature and academically ready for college study.

Advanced Standing

Bryant University awards up to 30 credits for scores of three or higher on some of the Advanced Placement (AP) tests available through the College Entrance Examination Board. Each AP exam report must be reviewed and approved by Bryant’s Office of Admission.

Bryant University will consider granting up to 12 credits for a limited number of subject examinations available through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Credit may also be awarded to students who have successfully completed military service schools as qualified by “A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services.” Students who have significant, relevant work experience may also satisfy certain course requirements through departmental testing programs. There are testing fees associated with several of these advanced placement tests.

Recognizing the strength and quality of the curriculum offered by the International Baccalaureate Program, Bryant University grants advanced-standing credit for acceptable higher level exams with a score of five, six, or seven. Bryant awards up to 30 credits based on the particular curriculum requirements.

Deferred Admission

For some students, college is a more meaningful experience if, between high school and college, they spend a year in a non-academic pursuit. Bryant will grant a one-year deferral of admission to students who were admitted through the regular process and request a deferral in writing. Deferred students are required to submit an $800 non-refundable enrollment deposit by May 1 of the year in which they were admitted.

Midyear Entrance

Most degree programs are available to students entering at midyear in the same sequence as programs for students who enter in September.

All new students are expected to participate in the Orientation program, which acquaints them with campus life, both academic and extracurricular. See the Orientation section for details on this program.

International Students

Bryant encourages applications for admission from citizens of other countries. Candidates who are not U.S. citizens must comply with all admission procedures previously noted and submit the following additional academic and non-academic information to the Office of Admission.

  1. Scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not the primary language.
  2. Proof of financial ability to pay for study at Bryant. This documentation must be submitted before a final admission decision will be made.

In addition, all international students are required to maintain and document health insurance throughout their enrollment at Bryant.

The TOEFL test bulletin and registration form can be obtained in a number of cities outside of the United States. They are often available at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Services (USIS), and United States educational commissions and foundations abroad. Students who cannot obtain a TOEFL bulletin and registration form locally should contact:

TOEFL/Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154
(609) 921-9000

Transfer Admission

Anyone who has graduated from high school or has a GED and is transferring from a college or university regardless of the number of credits will be considered a transfer student. Transfer students, with less than 30 college credits at the time of application, can participate in the standardized test-optional policy.

Applying to Bryant as a Transfer Student

Applicants may apply for entrance into either the fall or spring semester and must submit the following materials for review:

  • Official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities including, the most recently completed semester
  • An application and non-refundable application fee of $50
  • An official final secondary school transcript or GED diploma and score report
  • A list of courses not included on the college transcript that the applicant expects to complete before the proposed date of transfer.

Non-U.S. citizens whose primary language is not English must also submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (if English is not their primary language) and proof of financial ability to pay (refer to section on international student admission).

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transfer applicants who are admitted will receive an official evaluation that reflects the academic credits accepted for transfer. In addition, a curriculum summary will be provided indicating how transfer credit applies to a student’s particular program and identifying courses to be completed at Bryant University.

Admission and Deposit for Transfer Students

The Office of Admission evaluates transfer applicants for both the fall (September) and spring (January) semesters. The application deadline to be considered for the fall semester is May 1st. The application deadline to be considered for the spring semester is November 15th. In order for an admitted student to register for classes, the student must submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $800. This deposit is credited to the student’s semester tuition bill.

Interviews for transfers

While personal interviews are not mandatory, transfer students are encouraged to meet with a transfer admission professional to discuss the transfer process, including evaluation of transfer credit, scholarship opportunities, financial aid, and transfer registration days.

Non-traditional (Part-Time) Students

Non-traditional students are described as those students whose primary focus is on work and/or family and who pursue their education on a part-time basis. Non-traditional students enroll in fewer than 12 credit hours of study during each semester. The fee is $3,015 per three-credit course. Non-traditional students have up to 12 years to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements, and must complete their final 30 credits at Bryant. Students may choose day or evening courses.

Non-traditional students are required to pay tuition in full or provide the University with a third-party authorization indicating that a payment will be made directly to the University and not the student by the billing due date.

If, by the end of the second week of class an account remains outstanding, a late fee up to $150 will be assessed to the account. A registration and transcript hold will also be placed on the account. The student will not be allowed to register for the following semester until his or her balance is resolved.

All non-traditional students must be admitted to a degree program. Students interested in pursuing a degree part time should schedule an appointment with the Office of Admission. When applying for admission, students must submit the following:

  1. Completed application for non-traditional, part-time status and a $50 application fee
  2. Official final high school transcript or an official copy of the results of the General Equivalency Examination
  3. Official transcripts from any colleges previously attended

Credits from another college may be transferred to Bryant in fulfillment of degree requirements. (Please see “Transfer Credit Evaluation.”)

A variety of support services are available to students who pursue their degree through part-time study. Services include information and advice on career placement, learning assistance, academic counseling, and access to the Chace Wellness Center and all library and computing resources.

A limited amount of financial aid is available to degree candidates registered for six through nine credits per semester. Students who study part time are also encouraged to review their eligibility to receive tuition reimbursement through employer educational benefits.

Note: On-campus housing and the laptop program are not available to non-traditional students, and participation in campus clubs and organizations is limited.

Post-acceptance Review for transfers

Students must submit a final transcript with grades posted for the current semester in order to receive official transfer credit for those courses. The Office of Admission reserves the right to rescind offers of admission if the final transcript indicates grades that are significantly lower than the record on which the admission decision was based.

For further information contact:

Director of Transfer Admission
Office of Admission
Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917-1285
Or call: (401) 232-6100 or (800) 622-7001
Web address: transfer@bryant.edu

Campus Visits

Information sessions are held in the Academic Innovation Center Admission Presentation Room and are provided Monday – Friday at 10:15 a.m. followed by an 11:00 a.m. student-guided campus tour and at 1:15 p.m. followed by a 2:00 p.m. student-guided campus tour.  A 3:00 p.m. student-guided campus tour is also offered Monday – Friday.

On most Saturdays we offer a 10:15 a.m. information session followed by an 11:00 a.m. student-guided campus tour.

No appointment is necessary for the information sessions or tours. (Please note that this schedule changes during the summer and during the semester break and holiday periods.) Please check the website for schedule information at https://admission.bryant.edu/portal/visitcampus

For a complete list of Open House programs, “Bryant 101” Saturday information sessions, and day-visit programs, please visit our Web site at https://admission.bryant.edu/portal/visitcampus

If you are a school or community group coordinator and would like to bring a group of students to visit campus, please click here to fill out our request form: https://admission.bryant.edu/register/groupvisitrequest.

To be placed on our mailing list, please call the Office of Admission at 800-622-7001, or 401-232-6100, or e-mail admission@bryant.edu.