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, accredited 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 (American Sign Language courses are acceptable). 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


Dual Enrollment Courses*

Bryant University will award college credit to applicants who choose to enroll at the university with a C or better in the class from an approved and accredited college or university, and comes on an official transcript from the college or university the course is through.

Advanced Placement (AP) Scores*

Bryant University will award college credit to applicants who choose to enroll at the university with a 3 or better on the exam, and the scores will have to be sent in from College Board.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scores*

Bryant University will award college credit to applicants who to choose to enroll at the university with a 5 or better on the IB HL exams, and the scores will have to be sent from International Baccalaureate.

Cambridge International A-Level Grades*

Bryant University policy regarding certain International A-level subjects states that students earning a grade of A*, A, B, or C are awarded advanced placement. Normally students will receive 6 credits or two courses for each subject area.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency (CAPE) Exams*

Bryant University policy regarding the CAPE states that students completing Units 1 and 2 with scores of 1, 2 or 3 are awarded advanced placement based on individual department review of the exam. Normally students receive 6 credits or two courses for each subject area.

Test Optional Policy

The admission committee at Bryant has always prided itself on providing a well-rounded and holistic application review. While the high school transcript will continue to be the most important part of the evaluation of an application, we strongly believe that by allowing you to decide how to best present your academic potential, Bryant is also giving you the opportunity to take the first steps in taking ownership of your college education. Bryant is looking for bright students who are self-directed, passionate about the possibilities that higher education offers, and who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world. The test optional alternative allows us to consider your strengths that may be demonstrated in areas other than your ACT or SAT score.

English Language Proficiency Exams for non-English/International Students

Students from non-English speaking homes/countries will be required to take an English Language Proficiency Exam to show fluency in the language.  Acceptable exams include the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or Pearsons.

Non-US citizens/International students who feel that their educational background warrants a waiver of Bryant’s English language proficiency exam requirement must submit a request to the Office of Admission. No waivers will be granted without a thorough review of the student’s academic documents. Additional documentation from a student may be requested attesting to their competency in English before granting or denying a waiver request.

Financial Aid

Applicants can file a free application for the Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA).  You must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, be enrolled or accepted for a full-time program of study, make satisfactory progress toward the completion of your degree program while enrolled, and not be in default on any federal financial aid program.  The application will be available beginning October 1 of your senior year.

Bryant is unable to offer need-based financial assistance to students who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Bryant traditionally awards merit-based scholarships to international students, however, an offer of admission to international students is directly linked to their ability to meet all educational expenses. Applicants in need of financial assistance should understand that funding is limited and that in general, a financial award from Bryant will not cover all necessary expenses. Please review our Certification of Finances form that is required of all international students.

*Bryant will award up to 30 credits only for first-year students.