Bryant’s 435-acre campus in suburban Smithfield, Rhode Island, represents an inspired combination of contemporary architecture and the traditional beauty of the New England landscape.
The modern and functional Unistructure houses most administrative and academic functions under one roof. A focal point of the Unistructure is the two-story plexiglass-domed Koffler Rotunda, the central gathering place for the Bryant community. Student dining facilities also are located in the Unistructure.
The Academic Innovation Center
The Academic Innovation Center (AIC) is a two story 48,000-square-foot building and is an exciting new addition providing a venue for the latest groundbreaking techniques in teaching and experiential learning. Bright and spacious classrooms and lecture halls equipped with state of the art technology, a 4,000-square-foot Innovation Forum, 25 breakout rooms and a full service cafe provide a setting for group study, self-directed learning, team work and active learning and interconnectivity with global resources.The AIC inspires design thinking and creative problem solving with tiered classrooms that encourage debate and build critical thinking and communication skills, flat classrooms that support flexible teaching styles that encourage collaboration, and the Innovation Forum. Prospective students and their families begin campus tours at the AIC’s Welcome Center and admission presentation room.
The George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology
The George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology is the centerpiece of Bryant University’s campus. The Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall, which serves as a space for exhibitions, receptions, and lectures, has The Linda and Jerry Cerce Media Wall with nine video monitors. A rotunda provides balconied meeting and study spaces. The 72,000-square-foot facility features the C.V. Starr Financial Markets Center, simulating real-life trading scenarios and real-world trading conditions that provide students with cutting-edge, hands-on training. Students, faculty, and staff have access to high-speed computers to support teaching, research, and business planning. All seating areas are equipped with Internet connectivity, and students may opt to use their personal laptops, or they may borrow one on site. In addition, there are reference and multi-function classrooms that can each accommodate up to 40 people with laptops, and 13 team study rooms with laptop power and network access available for small group meetings. The George E. Bello Center is equipped with state-of-the-art high-speed wireless connectivity. Students can roam in or outside the building with their wireless laptops, and maintain a connection to the Internet. For quiet study there is even a traditional reading room. Students also have access to presentation technologies, scanning, and digitation equipment. The Bulldog Bytes Café provides refreshments and computer access in a social setting. Also located in the Bello Center is Laptop Central, which serves as the Student IT Helpdesk and laptop repair center.
The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library
The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library, located within the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology, is a dynamic learning environment merging traditional library services with extraordinary technologies. Wired and wireless Internet connectivity is abundantly available throughout the building. Display technologies inform students on local and world events. Seventy computer workstations provide access to over 50 computer software packages in addition to an impressive array of electronic information resources. Ten Bloomberg Terminals providing real time financial data and analysis are available for booking through the library’s reservation system. Laptops, iPads, and supplies are also available for limited loan periods. A variety of spacious, comfortable study areas including study rooms for group projects further enhance the learning experience.
The library houses more than 150,000 physical items, and electronic journal subscriptions totaling more than 30,000 titles are available via the library’s web portal. Students can access electronic subscriptions and electronic reserve readings from anywhere on campus. Off campus access to most of these resources is also available through a Bryant University account. Electronic resources include databases such as ProQuest, EBSCO, Mergent Online, ARTstor, S&P Capital IQ, Value Line Research Center, and over 170,000 e-books. Students using Google Scholar can connect to the library's knowledge base through the library's link resolver service.
Professional research and instruction librarians are on duty more than 80 hours per week and offer personal assistance and/or group instruction on traditional and electronic resources. These librarians are also available electronically using chat room technologies, text messaging, or simply via email or phone. The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is a member of OCLC, a global resource sharing consortium, and is also affiliated with local library cooperatives such as the Consortium of Rhode Island Academic and Research Libraries (CRIARL). Through these library networks, students are able to secure additional information needed for their research projects.
The Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center
Although Bryant is not religiously affiliated, we recognize the need to provide a special place for people of all faith perspectives to come together to express their spirituality and learn from one another. Designed to inspire all who enter, the Machtley Interfaith Center serves this vital function. Services for various religious faiths, concerts, and speakers discussing topics related to religion and spirituality are featured in this space throughout the year.
Model of Active Learning
Bryant continually upgrades its classroom facilities to ensure a unique learning environment designed to foster collaboration among students and educators. Bryant’s Ideation Lab, modeled after similar workspaces in Google’s headquarters, is a unique learning environment designed with walls of glass and whiteboard where students can write on every square inch of space.
Inside the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology is a classroom that promotes innovation and applied learning, and affords faculty the opportunity to seamlessly integrate technology into their lessons. At its heart, Bello 102 is a video conference room with collaborative workstations, each with a 40-inch monitor to facilitate group work. Instead of tables and chairs, Bello 102 features modular pods with wheels, encouraging student teams to learn from one another.
These classrooms are flexible and utilized across multiple disciplines and support a team-based, active learning environment. The classrooms empower the use of technology as a supplement to deliver and engage with students.
Language and Learning Laboratory
Bryant’s advanced Virtual Language and Learning Lab facility provides access to tools and resources that prepare students to communicate in the international business environment. The resources offered from this facility help students develop conversational skills in Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.
The Lab offers an instructor’s console station, 28 student computer workstations, and international television broadcasts of 150 programs from more than 80 countries. Students can also access the Lab’s resources via the Internet from anywhere in the world. Advanced technologies from the Lab include Voice-Over-IP technologies for online group collaboration and tutoring and Video/Audio On-Demand resources that provide self-paced and interactive learning materials.
Koffler Center and Communication Complex
Koffler houses Bryant’s Communication Complex, a state-of-the-art digital and multimedia TV studio.
Communication Complex – Main Floor – Koffler Technology Center and TV Studio/Radio Station
- The television studio serves as a pre- and post-production training ground for students enrolled in the communication degree program, those who minor in communication, or any member of the Bryant community who would like to learn more about video production.
- The studio has the capability to broadcast programming on campus.
- The 3,000-square-foot studio has a control room, three advanced multimedia editing/support rooms, and a multimedia classroom.
- The Communication Complex includes a dedicated studio for WJMF, Bryant’s student-run radio station, which is broadcast worldwide via the web at WJMFradio.com and locally on 88.7HD2.
Communication Complex – Lower Level
- Sixteen (16) personal computers available for student use.
- Open evening and weekend hours.
- Software is replaced and updated in step with the latest technology.
- Windows is installed on every computer.
- The computers in the labs can print in black and white to the lab printer. An 800-page allowance is granted each year. After that, a 5¢ per page charge, which is applied directly to the student’s Banner account. This charge will also apply to the Bello Center printers.
Communication Complex – Upper Level
- Faculty offices from various departments are located on this level.
Student Printing Facilities
- Students can print wirelessly via their laptop to several printers located on campus.
- Printers are available in the following locations:
- Fisher Student Center, Krupp Library in the Bello Center, and on both the first and second floors of the M-wing in the Unistructure.
- An 800-page free printing allowance is granted each year. After that, a charge of 5 cents per black-and-white page and 50 cents per color page is applied directly to the students Banner account.
The Michael E. '67 and Karen L. Fisher Student Center
The Fisher Student Center was renovated in the fall of 2013 and has lounges and study corners; meeting rooms; dining facilities offering diverse food items from pizza to ice cream, snacks, sandwiches, and sundries; socializing space; a variety of student services; the bookstore; and student organization offices.
The Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center
The two-story Chace Wellness and Athletic Center includes a six-lane pool, a multi-windowed 9,000 square-foot fitness center, The Eannarino Family Aerobics and Group Exercise Studio, and four locker rooms. The Mike ‘67 and Karen Fisher Lobby – a bright and airy atrium – creates an inviting main entrance to the entire athletic complex and features the Bryant University Athletics Hall of Fame display. The Wellness Center is a vibrant hub of health and recreational activities for the entire Bryant community.
Bryant’s gymnasium houses athletic offices, exercise rooms, and basketball and volleyball courts. The seating capacity for the gym is 2,600. Many University-wide events are held in the gym, which is available to off-campus programs at certain times during the year.
The Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC)
The Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) is the site for large University functions and sporting events. The MAC features a modern state-of-the-art sports training and rehabilitation center; offices for teams and athletic administration; racquetball and squash courts; and multipurpose courts for popular intramural sports such as basketball, volleyball, team handball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey.
The Bulldog Strength and Conditioning Center
The award-winning Strength and Conditioning Center provides athletes with a 10,000-square-foot high ceiling, glass-enclosed platform overlooking the stadium and competition fields. Equipped with 12 weight platforms, 30 cardio/weight stations, a nutrition station, and an indoor turf sprint area, the Strength and Condition Center ensures that every student-athlete trains in the most biomechanically sound manner possible.
The Conaty Indoor Athletic Center
The Conaty Indoor Athletic Center provides Bryant athletes with a year-round enclosed and heated venue for all field sports. The 79,000 square foot structure encloses a full sized, 120-yard football turf field as well as locker rooms, storage, and mechanical space. Bryant is New England’s only DI school offering such exceptional indoor facilities. This best-in-class facility enables members of the Bulldog men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, football, baseball, softball, soccer, and field hockey teams to prepare for each season without delay, even during the harshest weather.
Athletic Fields and Outdoor Facilities
Thirty-five acres of athletic and recreational fields adjacent to the building include tennis courts, a 400-meter track, a 3.2-mile cross-country course, and playing fields for baseball, soccer, football, softball, rugby, lacrosse, and field hockey. Beirne Stadium, an outdoor 4,400-seat facility, is used by the football, soccer, and lacrosse teams. Conaty Park, a first-class Division I baseball and softball complex, was opened in April 2012. There is also a golf tee and putting green.
Artificial Turf Field
This is the home field for the field hockey team as well as men's and women's lacrosse teams. Located inside the outdoor all-weather track and adjacent to the newly constructed tennis courts, the turf field serves as a practice facility for all varsity outdoor teams. The lighted field is also available for club sports, intramurals, and night activities.
Athletics and Recreation
Recreation and physical fitness are important ingredients of the Bryant experience. The University offers a variety of intramural programs for men and women, providing competitive recreation throughout the school year for all students who wish to participate. These programs include basketball, dodgeball, field hockey, flag football, floor hockey, indoor/outdoor soccer, softball, team handball, volleyball, and many more.
Bryant University is a Division I member of the Northeast Conference. Men’s teams participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. Field hockey and men's swimming and diving compete as Division I members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Club sports include cheerleading, women's rowing, dance, men's ice hockey, karate, racquetball, men’s and women's rugby, squash, Ultimate Frisbee, men's volleyball, tennis, and men's lacrosse.