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The Bryant undergraduate population is made up of students from nearly 30 states and 60 countries. There have been many improvements in diversity on campus in recent years; most notably a rapid increase in the number of international and multicultural freshmen entering Bryant each year. Despite this, the majority of Bryant students still come from similar geographic (mostly New England area), demographic (more males than females; mostly middle-upper class families), and ethnic backgrounds (white students are still the majority). Prior to beginning their freshman year at Bryant, all international and many minority students take part in an additional orientation called "4Mile," which provides some of the support international students need (such as help with visas, cultural adjustment, etc.). However, it also means that these students have a chance to bond with one another before anyone else, and the tendency of international and multicultural students to hang out mostly with each other remains pretty strong throughout all four years.
In addition to 4Mile, Bryant has many other programs and organizations that support international and multicultural students on campus, as well as promoting cultural awareness and diversity in general. The International Student Organization (ISO) and Multicultural Student Union (MSU) are among the most popular student clubs on campus. The annual campus-wide "What is Pluralism" contest encourages students to actively engage with diversity by submitting and presenting creative works about what pluralism means to them for a chance to win cash prizes.
Facts & Statistics
Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
- Foreign countries
- New Jersey
- New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Native American: 1%
Most students are accepting of their gay peers, except for a few rare cases of intolerance, which are always swiftly and publicly dealt with. In fact, if and when intolerance occurs, the whole campus is apt to respond in support of the victims, organizing marches for acceptance and other events to raise awareness and prevent these kinds of things from happening again. Bryant Pride is a popular student group and serves as an educational resource for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) population. It hosts events such as National Coming Out Day and the Day of Silence.
At first glance, Bryant definitely seems to tend toward the conservative. And while that may be mostly true, closer inspection will also reveal faculty and students from a wide variety of backgrounds, with diverse political views. Bryant University Democrats and Bryant University Republicans bring students together to share their views and promote the goals and ideas of each party through events and activities on campus.
Most students come from generally similar economic backgrounds: middle to upper class. However, there is also a small majority of students who receive scholarships and/or financial aid packages, which helps diversify the economic status of students a little bit.
Most Common Religions
Bryant isn't a religious school, but it provides plenty of services and facilities to support its students, who come from different religious backgrounds and have a variety of beliefs. The new Interfaith Center provides students of all faiths with a place to express their spirituality and offers services for many different religions. Bryant also has religious-based clubs and organizations such as Hillel and Bryant Christian Fellowship.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The International Student Organization (ISO) and the Multicultural Student Union (MSU) are two of the largest and best-known organizations on campus. Other cultural clubs at Bryant include: China Bryant Connection, Dragon Dance Team, Franco Bu, Hillel, and Italian American Association.
Did You Know?
- Bryant is replicating the Forbidden City's Shu Fang Zhai on campus. It will be the new home of Bryant's U.S-China Institute.
- The Intercultural Center (ICC) at Bryant supports international students and domestic students of color by collaborating with faculty and administrative departments to mentor students and provide them with cultural programming and academic, personal, and social support.
- ISO and MSU put on two of the most-attended cultural events on campus each year. More than one hundred students (many of them nonmembers) participate in ISO's "I2I" performance, which takes place during the fall semester and showcases the cultures of countries all over the world, mostly through dance and music. Dozens of students also walk in MSU's "Extravaganza," an educational and entertaining fashion show that culminates Black History Month each spring.
- Bryant University's Her Campus chapter has become nationally ranked as one of the Top 12 chapters out of 300 associated with HerCampus.com! This club at Bryant is an outlet for women and their empowerment. Founded in just February 2012 at Bryant, Her Campus has already grown to be a popular club on campus.