Bryant University upholds the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Students with documented disabilities may request accommodations through the Director of Accessibility Serivces. The request process will include completion of an online intake form, a personal intake meeting with an Accessibility Services Staff member, and a review of appropriate documentation. All requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis with a focus on how the student’s disability impacts daily living and learning at Bryant.
Accessibility Services also includes the Academic Testing Center, where students with approved accommodations or other special circumstances may take exams in a distraction-reduced space. For more information about requesting accommodations or using the Academic Testing Center, please call 401-232-6746.
Location: MRC wing
Website: Undergraduate Academic Advising
Undergraduate Academic Advising is a collaborative educational process between students and their advisors to meet essential learning outcomes, ensure student success, and outline the steps for achieving long-term academic, personal, and career goals. This advisor/ student partnership 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. Students can find their assigned advisor on their Banner student profile.
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 fulfilling that educational plan.
- 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 evaluation in their educational planning.
- Create a path to graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan.
THE ACADEMIC CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE (ACE) & THE WRITING CENTER
Annually, members of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and Writing Center Staff hold over 21,000 appointments with Bryant students. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Writing Center are dedicated to helping all Bryant University students achieve their goal of academic success.
Academic Center for Excellence
Our 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 our internationally accredited peer tutoring program and study skills instruction by our professional staff. Group sessions as a mode of instruction are encouraged, since teamwork is typical in the workplace and graduate school. The staff engages in a partnership with students to help them achieve their goals. Professional staff members, peer tutors, and faculty work together to foster a supportive learning environment.
The Writing Center
Effective written communication is essential throughout an individual’s education and career. The Writing Center offers students assistance in both personalized and workshop settings. Peer Writing Consultants and professional staff help students with papers for any course. The Writing Center’s purpose is to help students develop as writers by helping them recognize their writing strengths and challenges. The staff teaches writing as a process, and is prepared to assist students at any stage.
Academic Services for Student Athletes
The Academic Center for Excellence, in partnership with the Department of Athletics, and Undergraduate Advising 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 Student Services 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; tutoring, writing center, learning specialist appointments and time spent in the student-athlete quiet study hall.
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, preparing them for the global job market.
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.
AMICA CENTER FOR CAREER EDUCATION
The Amica Center for Career Education offers a full range of career development and planning services for all students, including:
- Individual career coaching on all topics pertaining to career development
- Career assessments to assist you with exploring majors and/or career paths
- Support in finding and applying for internships and the change to earn academic credit
- Finding other experiential education opportunities and showcasing them by earning digital badges
- Networking with alumni to learn about occupations, industries and strategies
- Recruitment programs and events
- Alumni-student networking events in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Washington, DC, Providence, and more
- Bryant Career Connection (BCC), powered by Handshake – the student job board for both internships and full-time opportunities
- Fall and Winter Career and Internship Fairs with over 100 employers
- Other specialized programs and networking events designed to connect students with industry professionals
We encourage students to visit the Amica Center as early as the first year to get started with:
- Participate in the GEN 103 Career Launch Course
- Utilize career assessment tools and the advice of our professional staff
- Visit drop-in hours to write or improve a college résumé, LinkedIn profile, or other application materials
- Start researching or applying for internships or other experiences to build your skills and earn badges
- Learning how to leverage campus life to benefit your career plans
The opportunity to utilize the Amica Center for Career Education continues after graduation. Career coaching is available to alumni who are changing careers and are in need of assistance, up to five years post-graduation.
Alumni are also invited to attend the many workshops, programs, and events offered by the Amica Center for Career Education. The Amica Center offers most services virtually when needed, via Zoom, email and telephone.
Athletics and Recreation (on campus)
Bryant University is a Division I member of the Northeast Conference (NEC). Men’s varsity teams competing in the NEC include: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Women’s varsity teams competing in the NEC include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
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 and women's lacrosse, racquetball, women's rowing, men’s and women's rugby, soccer, squash, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and men's volleyball.
The chaplains in Campus Ministry address the spiritual needs of Bryant students and staff. Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant chaplains are available to serve as sources of support, guidance, and spiritual development for all members of the University community.
The Catholic Student Association meets Sundays before Mass. Hillel is Bryant's Jewish-student organization. The Awakening Crew is the Protestant student club.
Worship services are as follows: Catholic Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Islamic Services are held on Friday. Jewish Shabbat services are offered on Friday. Protestant services are held on Wednesday evenings.
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 on the 2nd Floor of the Unistructure - Rotunda. 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, 8:30 am to 7 pm; Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; and Sun, 3pm to 6 pm
Technicians in Laptop Central also provide tier 1 support for the Residence Hall wireless network.
Wireless connectivity is available throughout the entire campus.
College students experience great challenges and adjustments in both their academic and personal lives. Many new and important decisions are made during these years. Change is constant, and stress often accompanies these new experiences.
The Office of Counseling Services provides a private and confidential setting for students to discuss these multifaceted changes, cope with their challenges and make thoughtful decisions. Counseling services are free for Bryant students. Students who are experiencing serious emotional difficulties, or who require specialized or longer-term treatment, can receive referrals to professional services off campus. The staff adhere to state and federal laws regarding confidentiality and privacy; counseling records are not part of the academic record. The Office of Counseling Services also offers wellness programming and support programs: Weekly yoga and mindfulness meditation classes, The Student Support Network, Social Anxiety and ADHD support, and other topic groups as requested.
If you need to speak with staff regarding a mental health or a psychiatric disability, please contact Dr. Noelle Harris, Assistant Dean and Director of Counseling and Religious and Spiritual Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-232-6045 for a consultation.
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.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) focuses on campus wide strategic initiatives to create and maintain an inclusive community. IDEI works with every divisional leader to align university efforts and oversees the work of the Council for Inclusive Excellence and the Student Advisory Board for Inclusive Excellence. This office assumes the organizational responsibility for the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion which is comprised of the Intercultural Center, the Hochberg Women’s Center and the Pride Center
PWC CENTER FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Through outreach, empowerment, advocacy, and education, the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion (PwC CDI) works to promote an inclusive campus environment in which the voices and experiences of diverse individuals are valued and embodied. Our focus on the intersectionality of identities highlights the multidimensional and complex values that each of us bring to Bryant and emphasizes the imperative of being culturally competent. We view diversity and inclusion as relevant to all members of the Bryant community and define diversity in its broadest sense to include, but not to limit to, race, ethnicity, color, religious identity, spiritual beliefs, assigned sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical/mental ability, national origin, socioeconomic status, and age. The PwC CDI is comprised of the Intercultural Center, the Hochberg Women’s Center and the Pride Center.
We work to advance Bryant University’s commitment to developing and enhancing global and diverse perspectives by:
- Ensuring Safe Spaces that welcome our constituent groups and all members of the Bryant community; and serve as a safe space for conversations, exploration, and collaboration.
- Facilitating diversity and social justice education by partnering with campus and community groups to create opportunities that help expand diversity knowledge, skills, and competencies.
- Supporting retention and success of diverse students through advocacy, mentoring programs, support groups, and other sources of support
Cultivating community by sponsoring social events and educational programs that promote inclusion within marginalized identities and across communities; and supporting students working to build communities oriented towards social justice.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Pride Center
The Pride Center is safe space for all members of the Bryant community to enhance their understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and related issues through social and educational programs and trainings. The Pride Center offers opportunities for dialogue and education pertaining to gender and sexuality and affirms and celebrates the intersectional identities of its community members. The Pride Center is home of Bryant Pride, a student organization. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Pride Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant Community.
Available to all members of the University community, the Pride Center provides an inviting seating area and a comfortable meeting space. The seating area serves as a space for informal gatherings, to relax, to do homework, to engage in dialogue, and to provide mutual support. The meeting space can be reserved by students, staff, and faculty for small group meetings, programs, support groups, and confidential conversations.
Available to all members of the University community, the Pride Center offers the Safe Zone program to all student, staff, and faculty at Bryant University to explore issues of gender and sexuality and to nurture a more open, affirming, and safe university community for LGBTQ+ identified individuals and their allies.
The Pride Center offers a variety of materials including films and literature as well as referrals to hotlines, programs, and organizations, related to gender and sexuality issues.
Employment for Students
The Office of Financial Aid provides students and their families valuable information regarding financial assistance to meet college expenses. It administers all the University’s scholarship, grant, loan, and student employment programs. Refer to the financial aid section for further details.
Student employment opportunities provide a means of defraying incidental costs while they are enrolled in college. Students working on campus during the fall and/or spring terms work about eight to twelve hours per week and earn approximately $1,600 annually, on average.
Full-time undergraduate students with work-study awards based on financial need are given hiring priority for all on-campus jobs. Students are paid an hourly wage (not less than the current mandatory minimum) that reflects experience and the skills experience required to do the job.
The library, the athletic department, the faculty and the administrative offices are among the many areas hiring work-study students. These part-time employment opportunities 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. Every effort is made by supervisors to structure work schedules that will accommodate each student’s daily class schedule during the fall and spring terms. The office also provides information about summer employment opportunities for students, many of which can be full-time.
Bryant University requires that all full-time students provide documentation of health insurance by providing a copy of their insurance card through the Medicat portal. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their insurance plan prior to coming on to campus to ensure adequate coverage. This is especially important for those with insurance plans outside of Rhode Island. Student Accident and Sickness Insurance is available for full-time students to purchase.
Federal regulations give the University the right to require international students to purchase health insurance. An insurance fee will be included in the tuition bill of international students unless the student fills out a waiver form and provides proof of their own comparable insurance.
HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Location: Barrington House, Health Services office
Phone: (401) 232-6221
Website: Health and Nutrition
Making the transition to college life requires many adjustments including choosing the best food options for optimal health. The Office of Health and Nutrition provides students with one-on-one consultations related to making good food choices and improving eating habits for better health, more energy, and an overall sense of wellbeing as they navigate the many challenges of college life. Students can schedule private counseling appointments with a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist by calling 401-232-6221 or emailing email@example.com.
Location: Barrington House
In the event of an emergency or when Health Services is closed,
EMTs are available through the Department of Public Safety at 401-232-6911.
Website: Health Services
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Health Services is a nurse practitioner run clinic that adheres to federal and state law and endorses the guidelines of the American College Health Association, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Care is provided by full-time Certified Nurse Practitioners, a Health and Nutrition Educator, and a Health Promotion Coordinator. Clinical components of the Health Services program include the treatment of illnesses and injuries, sexual health care, women and men’s health care, laboratory services, immunizations, support services for students with physical disabilities and referrals as appropriate. All health care and medical records are considered confidential and family members are notified only in the event of a life-threatening accident or illness. Health Services does not provide written excuses for missed classes, exams, or work, due to illnesses, nor do they provide documentation of visits to Health Services.
Required Health Forms for Incoming Students
In compliance with Department of Health regulations, all new, full-time students are required to provide an up to date physical and immunization record as well as additional incoming health information. These forms can be accessed on the Medicat patient portal at my.bryant.edu.
All students must be in compliance with the Health Services required forms and immunizations, or course registration cannot be completed.
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Intercultural Center
The Intercultural Center (ICC) is a place for international and domestic multicultural students and organizations. The Center supports and advocates for students and groups by providing culturally enriching programs and educational workshops that focus on race, culture, ethnicity, and social justice. Staff at the ICC serve as advocates for international and domestic multicultural students and are available for consultation. The Center creates programs to enhance appreciation for and awareness of cultural diversity. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Intercultural Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant Community.
Available to all members of the University community, the ICC provides an inviting seating area, a kitchen, and a multimedia conference room. The seating area serves as an informal gathering, to exchange ideas, and facilitate the mutual sharing of perspectives. The kitchen is available for individuals to share a home-cooked meal, warm up a meal, or make a dish together. The conference room is available for small group meetings, and teleconference communication, and can be reserved for video/phone interviews or for individual video calls to home.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) offers social and educational programs related to diverse traditions, self-identity development, community building, social justice, race and ethnicity, and power and privilege. Other programs of the Center include heritage month celebrations, dialogues about culture and current events, awareness/commemoration weeks, annual awards banquets, and social/food gatherings. The staff advises two major student organizations – The International Student Organization (ISO) and the Multicultural Student Union (MSU).
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 50 countries, they bring the benefits of a wide range of backgrounds to Smithfield.
DOUGLAS AND JUDITH KRUPP LIBRARY
Location: George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology
Website: Douglas and Judith Krupp Library
- Professional research assistance on site or: BRYANT APP Ask A Bryant Librarian; VOICE 401-232-6299; EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org; TEXT 401-595-7306; CHAT library.bryant.edu.
- Assistance on the use of all print and electronic library resources
- 24/7 campus wide and off campus access to library resources
- Research Guides and helpful videos
- Academic and leisure print and e-books, board games and puzzles available for loan.
- Physical and electronic course reserve readings
- Interlibrary loans and self-initiated book requests via the library catalog
- Access to other RI academic and research libraries
- Circulating books may be borrowed for 4 weeks, Electronic self-renewals available.
- Laptops, battery chargers, monitor cables, calculators, and more available for loan.
- Access to study rooms for group projects.
- Scanning and printing available
- 3D-printer, Cricut, VR headsets, Sewing machine available.
For more info on all of the above, visit the Krupp Library.
Important things to note:
- Unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials in all mediums is a violation of the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17 of the United States Code)
- There is a $50.00 replacement and processing fee for borrowed items not returned; Bryant does not have fines for overdue items owned by Bryant, but overdue items borrowed from other libraries may generate fines.
Security -PUBLIC SAFETY (DPS)
At Bryant, we are committed to your safety. The Department of Public Safety is available 24 hours a day. Bryant's combination of location and commitment to keeping students safe makes the University one of the safest campuses. Students who wish to have a DPS staff member escort them to and from any location on campus can call 401-232-6001 to arrange for this service.
GERTRUDE METH HOCHBERG WOMEN'S CENTER
Location: Fisher Student Center, 2nd Floor
Website: Women’s Center
The Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center engages the campus community in meaningful discussions surrounding gender equity, women’s empowerment, gender, and sexuality. The Hochberg Women’s Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for women at Bryant University by providing a forum for all students to discuss issues facing women; both on campus and around the world. The Women’s Center is the home of the Alliance for Women’s Awareness, a student organization, and violence prevention and advocacy services. As part of the PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Hochberg Women’s Center works in tandem with the other centers that comprise the PwC CDI to ensure an inclusive Bryant community.
Available to all members of the University community, the Hochberg Women’s Center provides an inviting seating area and a comfortable meeting space. The seating area serves as a space for informal gatherings, to relax, to do homework, to engage in dialogue, and to provide mutual support. The meeting space can be reserved by students, staff, and faculty for small group meetings, programs, support groups, and confidential conversations.
The Hochberg Women’s Center provides social and educational programs relating to women’s empowerment, gender equity, healthy sexuality, body positivity, and power-based personal violence. These initiatives offer the campus community the opportunity to enhance their understanding of gender-related issues. The Center is proud to collaborate with staff, faculty, and student organizations to strengthen co-curricular education and foster Bryant’s student-centered learning environment.
The Hochberg Women’s Center also offers Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services. The Advocacy Helpline, which provides guidance, support, and empowerment to survivors of violence, is operated by trained faculty and staff First Responders and is available 24/7 during the academic year. The Women’s Center is also home to the University’s on-campus Advocates, who are prepared to provide private support, guidance, referrals, and both on- and off-campus resources to Bryant community members impacted by violence.
Bryant University is proud to work with students who are eligible to receive benefits through the military. Visit the Veterans section of the Registrar’s page for more information. A military lounge for veterans and ROTC students is located in the lower level of the Koffler Building.