2016-2017

Student Services

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 term 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 partner 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.

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 an internationally accredited peer tutoring program and study skills instruction by the 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 or ADHD 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 services. Students with learning disabilities should contact the learning specialist at (401) 232-6746. For further information, please see Disability Services below.

The Writing Center

Effective written communication is essential throughout an individual’s education and career. With this in mind, the Writing Center’s purpose is to support students’ development as writers by helping them develop their writing strengths and overcome their writing challenges. The staff views writing as a process and is prepared to assist students at all stages of that process. The Writing Center’s peer writing consultants and professional staff help students with writing assignments for all courses, offering assistance in both personalized and workshop settings. They work collaboratively with students, providing advice and comments to help address students’ writing concerns.

Academic Services for Student-Athletes

The Academic Center for Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Athletics, provides tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes. Students in our Division I athletic 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. Student-Athlete study hall requirements can be fulfilled using any of ACE’s services, including tutoring, the writing center, learning specialist appointments, attendance at workshops, and time spent in the student-athlete quiet study hall as well as the student-athlete goal-based study hall. In goal-based study hall, student-athletes can work with peer tutors and writing consultants to establish goals for their studies, to get academic support in achieving these goals, and to assess and improve their study habits.

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. Services include assistance with adjusting to academic life at Bryant and in the United States; taking advantage of ACE and Writing Center academic support services; navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus; developing study skills for college success; improving written and oral language skills; and setting goals for academic improvement.

Athletics and Recreation (on campus)

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 compete 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: bowling, cheerleading, women's crew, dance, men's ice hockey, karate, racquetball, men’s and women's rugby, squash, Ultimate Frisbee, and men's volleyball.

Campus Ministry

The chaplains in Campus Ministry address the spiritual needs of Bryant students and staff. Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish chaplains are available to serve as sources of support, guidance, and spiritual development for all members of the University community.

Students can join the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or Hillel, the Jewish-student organization. The student pastoral council members assist the Catholic chaplain in his ministry. Worship services are as follows: Catholic Mass is celebrated on Sunday evenings and weekdays, Jewish services are held on Friday evenings, and Protestant services are held on Sunday evenings.

Amica Center for Career Education

The Amica Center for Career Education offers a full range of career development and planning services for students including:

  • Individual career coaching on all topics pertaining to choosing a major, finding an internship, applying to graduate school, or securing a full-time opportunity.
  • Career planning courses to assist you with choosing a major and/or career path.
  • Shadow Program, matching you with an alum for a day in the workplace.
  • Campus recruiting program including the Bryant Career Connection - a job board for both internships and full-time opportunities.
  • Three annual Career Fairs with more than 150 employers attending.
  • Specialized programs, company site visits, and alumni networking opportunities.

We encourage students to visit the Amica Career Center as early as freshman year to get started with:

  • Utilizing career assessment tools
  • Writing a college resume
  • Creating a LinkedIn profile
  • Finding an internship

Stop by our office, or call (401) 232-6090 or email career@bryant.edu to learn more about resources and services provided.

The opportunity to utilize the Amica Center for Career Education continues after graduation. Career counseling is available to alumni who are changing careers and are in need of assistance. The Job Source, a listing of full-time available jobs, is published weekly, for interested alumni.

Alumni are also invited to attend the many workshops and programs offered by the Amica Center for Career Education.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) brings leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to the diversity and inclusion efforts at Bryant University. The CDI is responsible for leading the University on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will educate the campus community regarding the importance and advantages of a culture that values and supports each member of our community.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion comprises the professional and paraprofessional staff of the Gertrude Hochberg Women’s Center, the Intercultural Center, Disability Services, The PRIDE Center, and Campus Ministries/Faith and Spirituality. The CDI staff partners with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, which reports to the Vice President for International Affairs, to provide support and services to international students.

Computers for Students - Mobile Computing Device Program

Incoming full-time students will receive, as part of their tuition, a state-of-the-art mobile computing device for use on and off campus, which will be theirs to keep upon graduation.

The Student Helpdesk (a.k.a. Laptop Central), is located in the Bello Center, in an area behind the Reference Desk (enter hallway to left of Reference Desk). Laptop Central is the main point of contact for all students when they have issues or questions regarding their mobile device, use of University websites, network, or any other technology needs. As an officially certified repair center, it can provide same-day service for repairs since most replacement parts are housed on-site. Hours of operation: M-Th, 10 am to 7 pm, Fri, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Sun, 12 to 6 pm.

Technicians in Laptop Central also provide support for the Residence Hall computer network.

Wireless connectivity is available throughout the entire campus.

Counseling Services

Counseling provided by Bryant’s Office of Counseling Services is short-term and focuses on the normal developmental issues of the college years. All counseling discussions are kept confidential within professional and legal limits, and records are not released to any other University department. Individuals experiencing more serious emotional concerns or requiring ongoing or specialized therapy are referred to off-campus mental health professionals.

Cultural and Recreational Activities (nearby)

Bryant University is ideally situated so that students can benefit from the intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities of New England.

Just 12 miles from the campus, Providence is one of the largest cities in New England. For over two centuries it has been a social, intellectual, and artistic center of Rhode Island and New England. Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Providence College are located in Providence.

Bryant University students have many opportunities for cultural and artistic experiences. The Rhode Island School of Design Museum and several other galleries offer collections of art treasures. The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Festival Ballet, and Trinity Repertory Company present programs of outstanding artistic merit. The nationally acclaimed Providence Performing Arts Center presents a wide assortment of Broadway shows, and Providence’s civic and convention centers host attractions ranging from college basketball and professional hockey to rock concerts and festivals.

Students who attend summer sessions can take advantage of Rhode Island’s many famous summer resorts. The University is less than an hour’s drive to Narragansett Pier and Watch Hill, with their miles of sandy beaches. Newport, noted for its music festivals, scenic ocean drives, and elegant mansions, is only 40 miles away. Boston, less than an hour away, is the home of internationally famous universities, high tech industries along Route 95/128, and exceptional cultural and recreational attractions from the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts.

Disability Services

Bryant University supports students who self-identify with disabilities and provide documentation of their disability from an appropriate source. Bryant University professional staff members serve as advocates for students with disabilities and assist them in achieving equal access to all University programs and services. If you have any disabilities that may require accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact the designated office:

For Physical Disabilities

  • Contact Judy Farrell, RNP, Advisor to Students with Disabilities in Health Services at (401) 232-6220;
    TDD: (401) 231-2860; E-mail: jfarrell@bryant.edu.
  • Individuals with permanent or temporary physical disabilities who wish to obtain handicapped parking passes should contact the Department of Public Safety (401) 232-6001.

For Psychiatric or Psychological Disabilities

  • Contact William Phillips, the Director of Counseling Services at (401) 232-6045.

For Learning Disabilities or ADHD

  • Contact Marie Saddlemire, the Assistant Director, Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), Aceess Services, at (401) 232-6746. Students with learning disabilities or ADHD submit documentation and request academic accommodations through ACE. Comprehensive documentation, completed within the past three years, must address the current impact of disability of the student’s academic performance. Bryant’s Guidelines for Documentation may be accessed online. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment in ACE at the start of each semester to discuss accommodation requests.

Employment for Students

The Office of Financial Aid provides students and their families counseling regarding financial assistance to meet college expenses. This office also administers the University’s scholarship, grant, and loan programs. Refer to the financial aid section for information.

Student employment opportunities assist students seeking part-time employment to defray the incidental costs of attending college. Student working on campus earn approximately $1,600 annually, on average.

Full-time undergraduate students with work-study awards who show financial need are given priority for on-campus employment. Students are paid an hourly wage (not less than the current mandatory minimum) that reflects the skills and experience required to do the job.

The library, athletic department, dining halls, and faculty and administrative offices are among the departments hiring work-study students. These employment experiences can serve as valuable experience in the career planning process.

The Office of Financial Aid also helps full-time undergraduate students to secure part-time employment off campus by locating and developing job opportunities for work-study eligible students. A limited number of positions in nonprofit agencies are available to students who qualify for Federal Work-Study funding. Working hours are organized around each student’s daily academic schedule. The office also provides listings of summer employment.

Health Services

Bryant University Health Services is a nurse practitioner-directed program. Located on the first floor of Residence Hall 16, it is staffed by a part-time physician, certified family nurse practitioners, and health educators.

Health Services provides a variety of health education and wellness programs, treatment of illnesses and injuries, and women’s health care. All health care and medical records are considered confidential.

For more extensive health problems, Health Services maintains a comprehensive referral list of physicians, dentists, and hospitals. Except in emergency situations, transportation to off-campus health care is not provided.

Health Insurance

The University requires that all students provide documentation of health insurance. Course registration cannot be completed without this information. Low cost accident and illness insurance is available for all students who wish to purchase it. Information about this insurance can be obtained at the Health Services Office. Upon graduation, gap health insurance is available as an option to graduating students in need of continuing health coverage on a month to month basis. Contact the Controller’s Office for further information.

Health Report Form for Students

The University requires that each student have a complete, up-to-date medical history form on file in the Health Services Office. The form must include documentation of health insurance carrier’s name, address, and policy number; proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox); a tuberculosis test; and certification of a complete physical examination within one year prior to entrance to the University. Once the commitment deposit for enrollment has been received, students must go online to my.bryant.edu, click on the Medicat logo, and download Medical History forms. They must be completed by a health care provider and mailed or faxed back before moving onto campus.

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center (ICC) is the center for education on international and multiethnic issues at Bryant. The mission of the Intercultural Center has evolved and broadened since its creation in 1977 when it served the needs of a small, primarily Black student population. The ICC currently supports international students from more than 50 countries and domestic students of color from all over the U.S. by serving as advocates for them in their educational pursuits.

The professional educators who staff the center collaborate with faculty and administrative departments, and counsel students. The office creates programs and events for the entire campus to enhance appreciation for and awareness of cultural diversity within the Bryant community. The ICC is also responsible for compliance with immigration regulations for undergraduate and graduate F-1 visa students and staff members serve as the advisors to the Multicultural Student Union and the International Student Organization.

The primary programs of the ICC are 4MILE@ Bryant (Multicultural and International Leadership Experience), Cultural History Month celebrations, Global Community Hour and Global Community Building, and the annual ICC Senior Awards Banquet.

An International Dimension

In addition to the International Business degree, academic departments offer student programming on international topics. There are also undergraduate study abroad and international internship opportunities. Out of the classroom, a variety of forums and programs focusing on international themes are regular parts of the international experience at Bryant University. Students and faculty at Bryant University are geographically diverse. Representing more than 30 countries, they bring the benefits of a wide range of backgrounds to Smithfield.

Pride Center

The Pride Center, a part of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, is located on the second floor of the Fisher Student Center and is open to students, faculty, and staff of all identities to explore issues relating to gender and sexuality. Our Center offers training in the nationally recognized Safe Zone program to nurture a more open, affirming, and safe university community for LGBTQ-identified individuals and their allies. Additionally, the Pride Center offers a variety of resources to the Bryant and local communities. Stop by for literature or information about hotlines, programs, organizations, and/or films related to gender and sexuality issues. Email pridecenter@bryant.edu for hours and more information.

Security - Public Safety

Bryant’s campus is a secure place to live. Campus security measures include call boxes that dispatch calls directly to Public Safety. Public Safety officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residence hall exterior doors are locked at night, only accessible to students. Individual key locks are on the door of each room. Visitors are checked in on weeknights and throughout the weekend.

Women’s Center (The Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center)

Named after Bryant's first woman vice president, The Hochberg Women’s Center plans, organizes, and communicates activities that educate students on women’s issues. It also creates a safe environment for women on this campus. It provides resources such as books, periodicals, magazines, and tapes on diverse topics and issues concerning women, and is a place for students, faculty, and staff to stop by and relax, study, meet, or just chat. The Hochberg Center is an important service that works for gender equity on the Bryant University campus. Through collaboration with faculty and other departments at the University, the Hochberg Center strives to educate the community on a variety of topics that affect the overall well-being of women on campus.

One of the major events of the Hochberg Women’s Center is the celebration in March of Women’s History Month, called "Herstory" at Bryant.