Bryant’s 428-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 Plexiglas-domed Koffler Rotunda, the central gathering place for the Bryant community. The Unistructure is home to the Janikies Theater. Student dining facilities also are located here.
The Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center
The Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center is a landmark two story 48,000-square-foot building that provides flexible spaces that open doors to innovative methods of teaching and experiential learning. Bright and spacious classrooms and the 4,000-square-foot Janikies Family Innovation Forum equipped with state-of-the-art technology, 23 breakout rooms, and a full service cafe provide a setting for group study, self-directed learning, team work, active learning, and inter-connectivity with global resources. The Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center has galvanized Bryant's commitment to academic excellence. It inspires design thinking and creative problem solving in tiered classrooms that encourage debate and build critical thinking and communication skills and in flat classrooms that support flexible teaching styles and encourage collaboration. Prospective students and their families begin campus tours at the Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center'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 a centerpiece of Bryant University’s campus. The Walter and Heidi 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.
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, each with a large display, wireless projection, laptop power, and network access available for small group meetings. There is also an Incubator Lab equipped with 3-D printers, two 65-inch touch displays for collaborative work, and state-of-the-art high-speed wireless connectivity. For quiet study, there is a traditional reading room. Students also have access to presentation technologies, scanning, and digitization 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 latest addition to the George E. Bello Center is the new Data Virtualization Lab, equipped with a large video wall consisting of six 85-inch displays, six high-performance virtual reality HP computers with 37-inch ultra-wide HP displays, two portable virtual reality backpack computers, mixed reality headsets, and 360-degree cameras.
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. The library has access to more than 350,000 electronic books. 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 Physician Assistant Learning Center
The Physician Assistant Learning Center is the newest wing of the Unistructure and home of the Master of Science and Physician Assistant Studies Program, the inaugural program of the new School of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Built adjacent to the Management Resource Complex (MRC) portion of the Unistructure, the 11,000-square center includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a high-fidelity simulation laboratory, and a physical examination laboratory for graduate student learning, as well as administrative offices. Anatomy can be reviewed in the Center’s own digital cadaver Anatomage. Graduate students also study anatomy at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in its award-winning medical education building in downtown Providence. They will work with patients in 12 clinical specialty rotations and will be paired with and learn alongside preeminent doctors, PAs, and other clinicians affiliated with the program’s clinical site partners. The program also introduces students to management fundamentals to uniquely prepare them to create successful practices that can better serve community health care needs.
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. The office of the University's Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant chaplains is located in the Machtley Interfaith Center.
Models 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 in the Unistructure, 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. 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 – 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:
- Quinlan/Brown Academic Innovation Center, Fisher Student Center, Krupp Library in the Bello Center, and on both the first and second floors of the M-wing in the Unistructure.
- A $40 printing allowance is granted each year. After that, a charge of 5 cents per black-and-white page and 25 cents per color page is applied directly to the student's allowance; if the student exceeds that allowance, the charges are applied directly to their 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 University Bookstore; and student organization offices.
The Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center
The two-story Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Wellness and Athletic Center includes a six-lane pool, a 9,000 square-foot fitness center, The Eannarino Family Aerobics and Group Exercise Studio, and 12 locker rooms as well as squash and racquetball courts.
The Chace Center features a 2,700-seat main gymnasium that is home to the Bryant men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. In addition, the Chace Athletic Center features the Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC) that is used year-round for club team practice, university events, and intramural sports such as basketball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey.
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. The Chace Athletic Center houses the university’s athletic administration as well as coaches’ offices and an expanded sports medicine and athletic training center.
The Bulldog Strength & Conditioning Center
The award-winning Bulldog Strength & Conditioning Center provides student-athletes with a 10,000-square-foot high ceiling, glass-enclosed platform overlooking the stadium and competition fields. Equipped with 24 weight platforms, 30 cardio/weight stations, and turf sprint area, the Strength & Condition Center ensures that every student-athlete trains in the most bio-mechanically sound manner possible.
The Conaty Indoor Athletic Center
The Conaty Indoor Athletic Center provides Bryant student-athletes with a year-round enclosed venue. The 84,000-square-foot structure encloses a full-size 120-yard turf field, four full batting cages, viewing platform, driving mats for golf, and a baseball clubhouse. This best-in-class facility serves as a practice facility used by Bryant’s varsity and club teams as well as intramural sports and various outside groups.
Athletic Fields and Outdoor Facilities
Bryant University has 35 acres of recreational fields including a Bryant Soccer Complex, a 3.2-mile cross country course, space for men’s and women’s rugby, ultimate frisbee, Sutton practice fields, and a golf practice green and chipping area adjacent to the Conaty Park.
The Beirne Stadium Complex
Opened as Bulldog Stadium in 1999, the David M. ’85 and Terry Beirne Stadium Complex was officially dedicated in 2016. The 4,400-seat stadium serves as the home of Bryant football and men’s and women’s lacrosse. The facility includes locker rooms equipped with state-of-the-art features and technology for football, lacrosse, softball, and women’s soccer as well a satellite training room, equipment room and concessions. In 2018, a new FieldTurf and lighting were installed.
One of the finest facilities in the Northeast, Conaty Park is the home to Bryant’s baseball and softball programs. Opened in 2000, the facility was renamed Conaty Park in 2012 with the addition of chair-back and bleacher seating and state-of-the-art press boxes and dugouts.
The Track & Turf Complex
The Track & Turf Complex is the home to Bryant University’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams throughout the year. The eight-lane track features a track and field scoreboard, press box, lights, and turf infield that is used by the Bryant field hockey team as well as an additional practice facility for varsity and club teams as well as intramural programs. Adjacent to the Track & Turf Complex are six tennis courts that are home to Bryant’s men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Athletics and Recreation (on campus)
Bryant University is a Division I member of several conferences:
- Varsity teams competing in the America East Conference include: men's and women's basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, track & field and swimming and diving; baseball; women's volleyball; field hockey and softball.
- Varsity teams that compete as affiliate members of the Southland Conference include men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
- The varsity football team is an associate member of the Big South Conference.
- The varsity women’s bowling team will compete as an associate member in the East Coast Conference.
Recreation and physical fitness are important components 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 badminton, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, indoor/outdoor soccer, softball, volleyball, and many more.
Club sports include cheerleading, dance, men's ice hockey, karate, men's lacrosse, racquetball, men’s and women's rugby, squash, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and men's volleyball.