The Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center

The Academic Center for Excellence

The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is dedicated to helping all Bryant University students achieve academic success. The goal at ACE is to help students become self-reliant, independent, confident learners so that they may successfully meet the demands of their chosen academic curricula. This is achieved through our internationally accredited peer tutoring program and study-skills instruction by our professional staff. Group sessions are encouraged as a mode of instruction. Professional staff members, peer tutors, and faculty work together to foster a supportive learning environment.

Students with learning disabilities can process academic accommodation requests in the Academic Center for Excellence. To receive academic accommodations, students must submit documentation that describes the nature of the learning disability to the learning specialist at ACE. Diagnostic testing that identifies the existence of the learning disability must have been completed within the past three years. The learning specialist recommends academic accommodations; however, it is incumbent upon the student to schedule an appointment with the learning specialist at the beginning of each new semester to arrange for service. Students with learning disabilities should contact the learning specialist at (401) 232-6746.

Academic Services for Student-Athletes:

ACE, in partnership with the Department of Athletics provides tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes. Students in our Division I athletics programs have challenging schedules and often need additional help finding a balance between the demands of athletics and academics. ACE provides these students support with general study skills, time management and overall organization. Quiet study time is provided in ACE’s comfortable lounge areas and study rooms.

Academic Services for International Students and English Language Learners:

The Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center offer specialized services for international students and English language learners to help them increase their academic confidence and improve their performance as Bryant students, preparing them for the global job market.

The Writing Center

Effective written communication is essential throughout an individual’s education and career. The Writing Center offers students assistance in both personalized and workshop settings. Peer writing consultants and professional staff help students with papers for any course. The Writing Center’s purpose is to help students develop as writers by helping them recognize their writing strengths and weaknesses. The staff views writing as a process and is prepared to assist students at any stage. They do not rewrite sentences or paragraphs but rather guide students to address their particular concerns through questions and comments.

Academic Internships and Practica

Bryant University offers qualified students the opportunity to combine significant work experience with academic study through internships and practica. Such opportunities recognize the value of work integrated learning and critical reflection as an important avenue for learning. Internships and practica are arranged with employers representing a variety of industries and career opportunities. Resources are provided by the Amica Center for Career Education to meet specific student interests and needs, including opportunities to intern nationally and internationally.

To be eligible, students:

  • Must have achieved junior or senior status, having completed a minimum of 60 credits.
  • Must be in good academic standing – requiring a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. (Finance and International Business require a minimum GPA of 2.5.)
  • Must have established a major/concentration GPA of 2.0 to apply for an internship in a major/concentration area of study.
  • Must have established a minor GPA to apply for an internship in a minor area of study.
  • Must attend an Orientation Session for Academic Internships presented by the Amica Center for Career Education during the fall or spring semester PRIOR to doing an internship for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Must meet all prerequisites for the internship as determined by the specific academic department and stated in the course description located in the course catalog (within each degree program, major, concentration, or minor, the internship course is listed as 391 or 491).
  • Transfer students must complete one full semester of study at Bryant University to establish a GPA prior to applying for an internship or practicum opportunity.

A maximum of nine credit hours of any combination of internships and practica may be applied to fulfill degree requirements; a maximum of three credit hours may be applied to fulfill requirements in a major/concentration or minor area of study. All academic internships are reviewed and approved by the appropriate academic department chair. Each intern works with a faculty supervisor and is awarded a grade based on learning objectives and work performance. The internship site employer provides training and supervision during the course of the academic internship and provides performance evaluations to the student and faculty supervisor. Eligible students are allowed to do one internship or practicum per semester.

Internships and practica may be taken as part of the regular semester course load during the fall or spring sessions, usually at no added tuition costs to the student. When taken during the summer session, internships and practica are subject to relevant course fees.

The Washington D.C. Internship

Eligibility: Junior or senior standing and a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.75

Bryant University has partnered with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to provide full-time Washington D.C.–based internships and short-term academic seminars. The Washington Center provides internships in all degree programs, concentrations, and minor area of studies offered by Bryant.

Students apply to the program and are matched with an organization based on their academic pursuits and career interest. Substantive, supervised internships are provided in businesses, government agencies, for-profit or nonprofit sectors and international organizations. The Washington Center Program consists of three components: the supervised internship that is applied to the student’s academic program (6 credits), one three-credit course offered through The Washington Center, and weekly leadership lecture series featuring decision makers in politics, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Three (3) additional credits can be taken as Directed Study coursework. The Washington Center Program is offered in the summer (10 weeks, 9 credits), and during the fall and spring semesters (15 weeks, up to 15 credits). Housing is provided.

Bryant students enrolled in The Washington Center Program engage in individually supervised employment and learn to apply the skills, theory, and principles of their academic discipline in a work environment. Students must apply through the Amica Center for Career Education at least one semester prior to the internship; some opportunities require a background check that may take up to nine months. Interns work a minimum of 35 hours per week, and are required to prepare a portfolio and an academic journal documenting their internship experiences.

Computer Information Systems/Information Technology Practicum

The CIS/IT academic department offers a six month, full-time paid internship program earning 9 credits (Summer-Fall or Spring-Summer time period). Second semester sophomores and juniors may apply after meeting with the CIS/IT Department Chair and discussing eligibility with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Office. Minimum requirements are the completion of 45 credits and a minumum overall GPA of 2.5.

Directed Study Programs

  1. A directed study course is an independent, in-depth study or research project pursued by a student. It involves working individually under the direction of the supervising faculty member with the approval of the appropriate department chair.
  2. The topic to be studied must be submitted by the student to the supervising faculty member for approval prior to or at the start of the semester.
  3. The topic to be studied should explore a subject beyond its treatment in an advanced-level course in the University curriculum.
  4. The student’s ability to define a problem and investigate it thoroughly (through intensive study that leads to the preparation of a well-researched paper) will be central to his/her success in any directed study course.
  5. Students are limited to one directed study per semester and a maximum of two directed studies during their Bryant career.
  6. Directed studies cannot be used as substitutes for Bryant courses in the catalog.

Study Abroad

At Bryant students learn to compete in a global economy. And there is no better way to learn about the world than to study abroad.

Bryant’s study abroad opportunities include a two week experience, a semester,  or a summer or winter break program. Students have the chance to become proficient in another language, begin to cultivate a global perspective, and take amazing courses unique to that location and/or culture, while enjoying experiences in a different culture.

Bryant offers sponsored study abroad programs in most regions of the world, through partner relationships with the following organizations:

Arcadia University: The College of Global Studies sponsors university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved Arcadia programs are located in Australia, China, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Wales. Arcadia University also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

The Alliance for Global Education offers study in India and in China. The Alliance is a non-profit partner of Arcadia University.

CIEE (Council on International Education Exchange) sponsors more than 109 university affiliated programs throughout the world.  Approved programs with CIEE include the following: Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Southern Caribbean, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam. CIEE also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

API (Academic Programs International) sponsors university-affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved API programs are located in Argentina, Chili, China, Croatia, Cuba, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, UAE, and Wales. API also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

IES (Institute for the International Education of Students)sponsors university-affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. Approved IES programs are located in Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Ecuador, European Union, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands.

ISA (International Studies Abroad) sponsors a number of university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. ISA approved programs are located in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru and Spain.

IAU College (The Institute for American Universities) provides students with academic programs in Southern France for a semester or summer. IAU is one of the few study abroad programs in France to offer coursework in English. In addition, they offer internships to students with an advanced level of French.

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) sponsors a number of university affiliated programs in a variety of locations around the world. TEAN approved programs are located in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Thailand. TEAN also offers internship programs in a variety of cities around the world.

The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant specializes in offering both short and long-term study abroad and internship programs in China with partner universities in Wuhan, Beijing, and other cities.

Customized International Business Program Bryant’s International Business (IB) program provides customized study abroad opportunities for their students. Currently, they offer programs in Spain, Chile, France and Italy,  and a customized China program is anticipated beginning fall 2015. These customized programs are designed to strengthen the students’ understanding of international business and their language skills. Each of the customized programs offers students a study abroad experience and an international internship.
Bryant Faculty-Led Programs

Bryant also offers short-term study abroad programs in conjunction with faculty-developed courses. Short-term programs provide students with experiential learning overseas, which enhances the classroom component of the total academic experience. These faculty-led trips are a unique opportunity to improve understanding of language, business, culture, history, and geography. In addition, Bryant offers the Sophomore International Experience. Students have the opportunity to earn three academic credits spending 10 to 12 days overseas and learning about other cultures and how businesses operate globally. The Sophomore International Experience is offered during the winter and summer breaks. Costs, fees, and eligibility for these programs differ from other study abroad programs. Contact the Study Abroad office at (401) 232-6209 for more information. Details about this program can also be viewed at
Student Fees for Study Abroad Programs 2014-2015

Study Abroad participants are charged the same rates that a traditional Bryant University student would be assessed if they were studying on campus unless the total charge at the host institution abroad exceeds the comparable charges at Bryant University. Students are billed by Bryant University directly and are expected to make the payment to Bryant on the traditional billing due dates (August 9 for the fall semester and January 9 for the spring semester).

Certain Study Abroad Programs will require application fees.

Application Fee:

  • IAU: $85 paid by the student directly to IAU

Deposit Fees:

  • Upon acceptance, the confirmation deposit will be paid directly by Bryant University

Security/Refundable Deposits:

  • Students participating in a program through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) will be responsible for their own security deposit (which will be refunded, less any charges incurred during their semester abroad, at the beginning of the semester following the conclusion of their program).

Below are the per semester costs for study abroad participants:

Tuition $19,099.50
Room $4,138.50-5,407.50
Meal Plan $2,680.50-2,912.50
Additional Fees* $1,500-$3,000
*Varies based on program location

The tuition rate is the cost of a traditional semester of study at Bryant University. Tuition may vary depending upon student’s catalog year and financial aid package.

The room rate is dependent upon the type of housing that a study abroad participant chooses. If the participant is housed in a room that is typical of the Bryant University on-campus dorm-style living, the fee is $4,138.50. However, in certain circumstances, participants are given the option to live alone and are housed in a facility that is typical of the Bryant University on-campus townhouse-style living and those students are charged at the higher rate of $5,035 (double) or $5,407 (single). Also, certain programs offer housing (on and off campus) that is not comparable to on-campus living at Bryant. In these situations, the host institution may assess a surcharge to cover additional services that are offered with the housing (i.e. telephone, internet, bed linens, cleaning services, etc.). Please be advised that the surcharge will be added to your Bryant University tuition bill. These surcharges will not be on your initial bill since the host institution does not notify Bryant University until after the semester has begun. You will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Meal Plan
Depending on the program, a student may receive meals (e.g. home-stay accommodation), have the option to purchase meals on their own (i.e. self-catered), or participate in a meal program at the university they are attending abroad. If they participate in the meal program abroad, or are receiving meals through their housing option, a fee of $2,680.50 – $2,912.50 will be assessed to their Bryant University account, depending on the number of meals they are receiving abroad. Since the meal plan is optional in some locations, and is not typical at most institutions, additional fees do not apply to every student. Meal plan charges will not be on your initial billing statement. If Bryant is notified by the host institution of meal plan enrollment and/or additional fees, you will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Home-stay Accommodations
A student will be assessed a meal plan fee of $2,680.50 – $2,912.50 to their Bryant University account if they are receiving 1 -3 meals per day in their home-stay accommodations. Meal plan charges will not be on your initial billing statement. If Bryant is notified that your home-stay includes 1 -3 meals per day, then you will be notified via your Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Additional Fees
Additional fees are any supplemental costs of the program. These fees are estimates based on fees charged to past participants. They are not actual amounts and are subject to change. Such costs may include but are not limited to: R/T airfare, VISA processing fee, health insurance fee, cell phones, health club memberships, cleaning fee, bed-linen fee, etc.

Withdrawal Policy
In case of cancellation, the student is subject to the refund policy of the program provider.

Study Abroad Surcharge
If the total charge at the host institution abroad exceeds the comparable charges at Bryant University, a surcharge will be assessed to the student’s account in the amount equal to the difference between the two costs.
All study abroad billing inquiries should be addressed to the Bryant University Bursar’s Office at (401) 232-6030. Please Note: Students will initially be billed the Bryant University rates. Once Bryant University is billed by the host institution, any appropriate adjustments are made to the student’s account and the student will be notified via Bryant University email address that an updated Electronic Bill (E-Bill) is ready for viewing.

Coursework and Credit

  • Written pre-approval (course agreement) from a Bryant University Undergraduate Advisor is required for coursework taken at the Host Institution if transfer credit or Financial Aid is to be awarded.
  • For students on Financial Aid, written pre-approval for all coursework to be taken at the Host Institution is required by a Bryant University Financial Aid Officer.
  • A “C” grade or better (or the equivalent of “C” grade or better as determined by a Bryant University Study Abroad official) is required if transfer credit is to be awarded.
  • Grades earned at the Host Institution appear on the Bryant University transcript with no quality points. Grades are not calculated in the Bryant University GPA. Course credits are added to the total credits earned.

Study Abroad Eligibility

  • Bryant studednts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply for Bryant University approved semester Study Abroad programs. The Sophomore International Experience requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. The GPA for short-term programs in the summer and winter terms may vary. Customized International Business programs may have different GPA requirements as well.  Contact the Study Abroad Office to determine the GPA for the customized IB programs.
  • Good standing at Bryant University is a requirement for participation in all Study Abroad programs.
  • Students are responsible for meeting all deadlines as posted by Bryant University and the Host Institution.
  • Financial obligations must be fulfilled.
  • Transfer students must complete one full semester of study at Bryant University to establish a GPA prior to applying for a study abroad semester program. Transfer students are eligible to apply for the SIE program during their first academic year at Bryant University.

Academic Advising

The Undergraduate Advising Office provides academic advising services, as well as program planning and policy information, for all undergraduate students. At the start of the first year, all undergraduate students are assigned a professional academic advisor.

Through participation in academic advising students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions concerning their degree and career goals.
  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each semester to progress toward the completion of their undergraduate degree.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of higher education.
  • Utilize the resources and services on campus to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.
  • Be able to accurately read and effectively utilize a degree audit in their educational planning.
  • Graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan.

Academic advising is a collaborative educational process whereby students and their advisors are partners in meeting the essential learning outcomes, ensuring student academic success, and outlining the steps for achievement of the students’ personal, academic, and career goals. This advisor/student partnership requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student as it is built over the student’s entire educational experience at the University.

Honors Program

The Bryant University Honors Program offers its members a personalized, distinctive experience that enriches their academic, social, cultural and professional talents in a mentor-oriented environment.

Academically-talented students with a proven record of achievement are invited to join the Bryant University Honors Program. These exceptional students along with dedicated faculty comprise a community of scholars who are committed to pursuing an enriched educational experience. Successful completion of the program results in the student being recognized as an Honors Program graduate, a distinction that is noted on his or her Bryant University diploma and official academic transcript.

More than twenty courses have been designed specifically for The Honors Program. While some of the Honors courses are adapted from standard courses and others are developed around unique topics, all are enhanced by additional course material, group projects, stimulating discussions and/or special assignments. These honors-designated courses are intentionally scheduled with smaller class sizes to afford students opportunities to interact with peers and professors.

Invitation Eligibility

First-year students qualify for an invitation to the Honors Program with a minimum SAT score of 1200 (math and verbal)/ACT 27 and one of the following: a class rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class or, a grade point average of at least 3.60. Students transferring from another institution with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better from college-level courses may also be invited to participate in The Honors Program. Current Bryant students interested in applying to The Honors Program must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.4 after the completion of 30 hours of credit along with letters of recommendation.

Graduation Criteria

To be an Honors Program graduate from Bryant University, students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits (eight courses) of honors course work.

Each student must successfully complete the course HON490:Honors Senior Capstone Project as part of the 8 course requirement. This capstone course requires the submission and approval of a formal proposal. Along with a faculty advisor, the student will complete a research-based project during his or her senior year. The subject matter and topic can be selected by the student with the approval of a faculty advisor in a designated academic department.

To graduate as a member of the Honors Program, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 and an Honors GPA of at least 3.2.

HON490 Honors Senior Capstone Project

Honors Program seniors, under the guidance of a faculty committee (as specified in program guidelines), will develop a thesis or project to serve as a capstone for their Honors Program courses. The proposal will be presented to the Honors Program Coordinator in the student’s junior year. It will include specification of the department to which credit will apply in the student’s academic program, and signed approval from the Department Chair is required. The complete proposal will be reviewed by the Honors Council and approved by them after any suggested revisions have been made.

The student will work on the project during his or her senior year and will submit a progress report to the Honors Council at the end of the each semester. When the project is completed, it will be submitted for approval to the Honors Council and presented formally in a public forum. The capstone course will be reviewed, evaluated, and graded by the faculty committee.

Students will formally register for HON490 in their senior year. All student names and primary advisors will be made known to the Undergraduate Advising Office early in the student’s senior year. (3 semester hours of credit.)

Honors, Awards and Recognitions

Alpha Kappa Delta

The International Sociology Honor Society, AKD, is dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The Society promotes scholarly excellence in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement of the human condition. To be eligible for membership, a student must have at least junior year standing, an overall GPA and a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, be in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship, and have completed at least four courses in sociology. Membership is not limited to Sociology majors.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national recognition a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program in business or management accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. To be eligible for membership, a student must have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 (cumulative GPA of 3.75 for graduate students), rank in the upper ten percent of the second-semester junior class, upper 10 percent of the senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Members are elected to membership and publicly recognized during the spring term.

Chi Alpha Sigma

Bryant is one of only 60 institutions nationally to be recognized with a Chi Alpha Sigma chapter. Chi Alpha Sigma is the nation’s only student-athlete honor society. To be selected for induction, student-athletes must be juniors or seniors, hold at least a 3.4 overall GPA, earn a letter in their sports, and clearly exhibit strong personal character through a commitment to community service.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed at least 12 hours of communication courses, have a GPA of at least 3.25, and be in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class.

Mu Sigma Rho

Mu Sigma Rho is the national honorary society for statistics.  Its purpose is the promotion and encouragement of scholarly activity in statistics, and the recognition of outstanding achievement among students in eligible academic institutions.  To be eligible for induction in Mu Sigma Rho, a student must be a junior or senior, have completed 8 semester hours of statistics courses (of which at least 5 semester hours must be at the junior level or higher), have a 3.25 grade point average in all statistics courses, and be in the top 1/3 of the class in all course work.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Election to the Gamma Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Economics Honor Society, recognizes seniors who have chosen economics for their major field of concentration, have attained a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher in a minimum of four economics courses, and have received the recommendation of the economics department.

Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa is a nationally recognized leadership and honor society. Students of junior or senior standing are recognized for excellence in academics (top 35 percent of the class), athletics, community service, mass media, or the performing arts. All members are nominated by current members of the society.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.  The society seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours (4 courses) in History and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in History and a GPA of 3.0 or better overall. Eligible candidates must also be in the top 35% of their class. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society for college students of political science in the United States.  Founded in 1920, there are now more than 700 chapters at colleges across the country. To be eligible for membership, a student must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of political science courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 and must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.3. Membership is not limited to Politics & Law majors.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology which recognizes academic excellence in psychology. To be eligible for membership, students must have an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class, have earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have a cumulative average of that is at least 3.00 in their psychology courses. Membership is limited to applied psychology majors who are at least juniors and have taken a minimum of nine hours of psychology.

Kappa Mu Epsilon

Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in Mathematics. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction. Students must have completed at least three college semesters and rank in the upper 35% of their class.  In addition, they must have completed at least three courses in mathematics, including at least one semester of calculus and attained an average of B or better in all mathematics courses.

Phi Sigma Iota

The Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Students in the undergraduate program at Bryant pursuing a major, minor or concentration in one of the languages offered at Bryant (Chinese, French, Italian or Spanish) who have completed at least one course at the 300 level (305 or above), have completed 45 semester hours (second semester sophomore), have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their language courses, and rank in the top 35% of their class will be eligible for membership.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. To be eligible for induction in the Alpha Tau Rho Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a student must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of her/his class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work.

Mu Kappa Tau

Mu Kappa Tau (MKT) is the only marketing honor society to be recognized by the Association of Collegiate Honor Societies and is committed to the pursuit and recognition of academic excellence in marketing. MKT exists to recognize academic achievement, to encourage high ethical standards, and to advance the marketing profession. Since 1966, marketing faculty across the nation have nominated talented marketing students to join MKT. In order to qualify for membership, students must be a junior or a senior marketing major, or business concentration with a marketing minor, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Dean’s List

Full-time students who have a GPA of 3.2 or better for at least 12 semester hours of work will be named to the Dean’s List.

Graduation Honors (ALSO  – under Awarding of degrees- Commencement Awards) Special recognition is accorded those who show distinction in academic achievement. Honors may be awarded on the basis of cumulative averages, as follows: Cum Laude (3.30), Magna Cum Laude (3.55), and Summa Cum Laude (3.80). Students must have completed 60 semester hours of work at Bryant University to be eligible for honors.

Commencement Ceremony – Awarding of DegreesCommencement ceremonies honor certified graduates and candidates for degrees who have been scheduled to complete course work by the end of the academic year (July 31). Diplomas are issued after grade reports are completed and candidates are fully certified. Graduation honors noted on the Commencement program are based on cumulative records as of the end of the fall semester; honors recorded on the diploma are based on finalized cumulative averages.

Bryant Symbols

The Harriet C. Jacobs Memorial Mace
Carried at Commencement and other University convocations, the mace is crowned in gold and bears the two dominant symbols of the institution: the seal of the State of Rhode Island and the seal of Bryant University. The mace was donated by E. Gardner Jacobs and his sister, Mrs. Dorothy J. Lederer, in memory of their mother, Harriet C. Jacobs.

The Bryant Seal
The Bryant seal represents the educational mission of the University and its worldwide implications. The central symbol is an ellipsoid globe with quills on each side to signify the traditional emblem of communication in business. In the center, behind the globe, is a torch that reflects liberty, the spirit of free inquiry, academic freedom, and learning. The Archway, forming the background for the globe, torch, and quills, is a University landmark affectionately remembered by thousands of alumni. The Latin motto expresses the purpose of the University: Cognitio – Virtus – Successus – “Knowledge – Character – Success.” The seal recognizes the achievements of the faculty in their pursuit of educational excellence.

Commencement Awards

The Anna M. & Jere St. Angelo ‘61 Accounting Award (2):These awards are presented to two graduating seniors in accounting who have demonstrated a high level of achievement, are in the top 10 percent of their class, are residents of an urban area, and will enter a career in public accounting.

Athletics Department Awards (2)

The Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the female senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award: This award is presented to the male senior student-athlete with the highest overall grade point average.

The Bryant University Good Citizenship Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the qualities of sincerity and vigorous industry in the interest of good citizenship and who has, by example furthered better government both on and off campus.

The Communication Department Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement and exceptional competency in all of the contemporary communication arts.

The Computer Information Systems Department Award: This award is presented annually to a graduating senior with a concentration in computer information systems who has excelled academically, enriched his or her computer information systems education through meaningful work experience, and demonstrated an unselfish attitude toward others through active involvement in organizations, clubs, or events.

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: This award is presented to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative academic average toward a degree in business administration or economics.

The Excellence in Applied Psychology Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in the study of applied psychology.

The Excellence in Economics Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in the major.

The George J. Kelley Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has completed at least 102 credits at Bryant and is recognized and honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall semester.

The George M. Parks Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior whose recognized leadership qualities have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University.

The History / Social Sciences Department Awards:

Global Studies Award, Legal Studies Award, Political Science Award Sociology Award: These awards are presented to graduating seniors for their outstanding achievement in the study of global studies, legal studies, political science, and sociology.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Finance Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to finance.

The Jack H. Rubens Leadership in Financial Services Award:This award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding performance in academics, service to the finance department, and enthusiasm and leadership in extracurricular activities related to financial services.

The Jeremiah Clark Barber Award: This award is presented to the graduating senior who has shown the most consistent academic improvement resulting in Dean’s list recognition.

The John Hancock Insurance Company Award (2): This award is presented to two graduating seniors who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of actuarial mathematics.

The Kappa Tau Brotherhood Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding brotherhood/sisterhood and leadership in promoting policies beneficial to the University and the entire student body. The award is given by the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

The Leander Francis Emin Endowed Homestead Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who has achieved scholastic excellence in accounting. It was inaugurated by the family of Leander Francis Emin, Bryant alumnus of the class of 1907, to honor his memory and his birthplace and home – the 1708 House and the entire Emin homestead, farm, and airport – which now become the campus of his alma mater.

The Literary and Cultural Studies Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in, and a strong commitment to, the study of literature and cultural studies.

The Modern Languages Department Award: This award is presented to a graduate with exceptional competency in the study of a language other than English.

The Pell Medal for United States History Award: The medal is presented to a graduating senior who has displayed excellence in the study of United States history. The late Honorable Claiborne de Borda Pell created this medal to honor the memory of his father, the late Herbert C. Pell, statesman and diplomat, who served the United States as Ambassador to Hungary and Minister to Portugal.

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Award:This award is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled in military science studies and other courses, and who has shown superior leadership potential in the military science program and in extracurricular activities.

The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who, in the opinion of the accounting faculty, has demonstrated excellence in accounting studies and intends to pursue a career in public accounting.

The Roger W. Babson Award: This award is presented to a graduating senior who is distinguished within the University community for his or her character, orderly mind, sound judgment, and systematic business habits.

The SAS Institute Award (2): This award is presented to two bachelor’s degree candidates who have demonstrated superior achievement in the study of applied mathematics and statistics and have successfully completed coursework involving the application of SAS statistical software in their data analysis.

The Student Senate Service Award (6): This award is presented to six deserving graduating seniors in recognition of their outstanding service to the student body of Bryant University. The recipients are selected by the Student Senate Service Awards Committee.

The Target Corporation Bryant Student Chapter of SHRM Management Department Commencement Award (3): This award is presented to three outstanding graduating seniors who are members of the Bryant chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence, a passion for the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) as a future career, and an appreciation for the importance of the HRM function in domestic and global corporations.

Army ROTC Program

The ROTC Program is designed to train and qualify men and women for commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army while they pursue an academic program of their choice. Bryant is one of more than 300 colleges throughout the U.S. dedicated to providing qualified military leaders for the United States Army. Courses in military science are part of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Program, which is offered as part of the curriculum at Bryant University on a voluntary basis.