2017-2018

First-Year Students

Keys and Tools to Succeed in the Bryant Community

Preparing for the future requires direct exposure to the day-to-day inner workings of the professional world. Internship opportunities and a study abroad program enable students to apply and expand the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom.

The combination of professional courses and liberal studies, on-campus study, and internships lays a firm foundation on which students can build successful careers and productive lives.

Bryant Principles and the Bryant University Pledge

Bryant believes in the importance of building community. This effort is guided by several principles that shape our shared experience. Fostering those principles helps the University prepare its students to achieve their personal best. To enter Bryant University is to become a member of a community, which is both a privilege and an opportunity. Participation in and support of this community is a responsibility shared by all. The search for community represents a process and a journey dedicated to helping students prepare for success in life and their careers. These guiding principles are:

  • Bryant University is an educationally purposeful community – a place where faculty, staff, and students work together to strengthen teaching and learning on campus.
  • The campus is a place where high standards of civility are set and violations are challenged. Bryant University is a community whose members speak and listen carefully to each other.
  • Bryant University is a place where the sacredness of each person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.
  • Bryant University clearly states both its academic and social expectations. All must accept their obligations as citizens of the Bryant community and expect to be held accountable for behavior as individuals and members of groups.
  • The University is a caring community where the well-being of each member is supported and where service to others is encouraged.
  • The campus finds opportunities to affirm both tradition and change. Orientation, Convocation, Homecoming, Commencement, and other activities are examples of celebratory activities. Good traditions must be preserved, new ones established.

These principles are outlined in Ernest Boyer’s book Campus Life: In Search of Community [Boyer, E.L. (1990). San Francisco: The Carnegie Commission for the Advancement of Teaching.] and form the basis of the Bryant University Pledge, which is signed by all first-year students and President Machtley. These principles represent the shared commitments of students and the institution’s staff and faculty to a successful learning experience.

First-Year Success

Bryant University developed programs to welcome students into our student-centered learning community. All Bryant students are expected to be active participants in their educational process. All of the first-year programs help students master the skills necessary for achievement in college and beyond. Chief among these programs is the First-Year Gateway Experience, which encourages students to draw meaningful connections between curricular and co-curricular experiences, apply knowledge and skills from multiple perspectives, effectively communicate ideas, and meaningfully reflect on learning experiences. Orientation and Opening Weekend are designed to help students adjust to their new environment and accelerate their transition to college life. Students participate in programs and events that emphasize the core values of the institution and their role as active participants in their education.

These programs involve students in an array of activities in and out of the classroom to help them achieve their personal best in life and their chosen professions.

Mid-Term Grades for First-Year Students

Instructors of first-year students work with first-year students to alert them to potential academic issues in time to take appropriate corrective action.

Orientation

In June, the Student Affairs division coordinates a one and one-half day program for incoming students and their parents/guardians. Participants in the Orientation program register for classes, are introduced to Bryant’s many services and programs, meet faculty and staff, and explore the campus. They also have the opportunity to meet and interact with their future classmates at a variety of events and programs.

Opening Weekend

The Opening Weekend is a mandatory program for first-year and transfer students that is held the weekend prior to the start of classes in the fall. It is designed to ease students’ transition to university life by having them meet one another and interact with members of the faculty and staff. A variety of social activities and discussions of expectations and concerns engage students in the Bryant community and emphasize active participation in the educational process.