College Snap Shots

In an effort to provide Burlington High School students and their families with relevant and up-to-date college information, the Guidance Staff will be visiting various colleges and universities and providing you with information. The colleges visited do not represent a preference on the part of the BHS Guidance Department towards any particular school.

In the college search process, many things are taken into consideration. Things that are considered, but not limited to are: campus size, location, number of students on campus, majors, tuition, distance from home, athletic programs, clubs and other activities. When considering a college, students must also make realistic decisions based on personal interest, grades, test scores, etc.

The department feels that the college visit is an integral part of the process, and we strongly encourage students to visit any and all schools that interest them, especially if these schools are fairly close by. The information we provide is only a small snapshot into each respective college. We hope to add information about other schools in the future, and as always we appreciate any feedback that you have that would help us provide our students and their families useful information in the sometimes overwhelming college search process.

Furthermore we ask that students also research colleges by using their Naviance accounts and scheduling meetings with their counselor on a consistent basis. Please feel free to contact your son or daughter's individual counselor if you have any further questions.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bryant University

Date of BHS Guidance Visit: 12/3/15
Location: Smithfield, RI. About an hour south of Burlington.
Population of School: 3500 undergraduates
Campus type: Beautiful residential campus with ponds in suburban town, 20 minutes from Providence. Students can ride the public RI bus system for free and frequently it to Providence and Newport. The college also has vans and zipcars available to students.

Most Popular Majors
Students do not need to declare a major until the end of sophomore year and coming in undecided is just fine. Bryant has two colleges: the College of Business and the College of Arts & Sciences. All students are required to major in one and minor in the other. All programs integrate both philosophies. Freshmen are all required to complete a series of special classes and projects called the “Gateway Experience”, which includes the development and pitch of a product in a “shark tank” and a three day “IDEA: Innovation and Design” course after winter break where students work collaboratively and compete for prizes.
There are no teaching assistants or lecture style classes. The average class size is around 25 and classes all incorporate group projects. One of the most popular classes is a finance class that allows students to invest actual Bryant University money in the stock market.

On Campus Housing Information
Most students live on campus and stay on campus for weekends. Freshmen has the option of living in either traditional dorms or suite-style set-ups. Sophomores and juniors live in suites and seniors live in townhouses. All housing is within about a 5 minute walk from academic buildings.

Private, co educational, medium-sized university integrating both business and liberal arts, focused on innovation and leadership. The most popular states and countries that students come from are Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey as well as India, Turkey, China, Ghana, and Ecuador. Bryant has a sister campus in China as well as a China Institute on campus. In addition to traditional study abroad opportunities, Bryant also offers 2-week courses abroad called the “sophomore international experience.” Though internships are not required, most students complete 2-3 internships before graduating. Bryant’s Career Center was rated in the top 10 by Princeton Review and 99% of graduates report being employed or starting graduate school within six months of graduating with a median salary of $53,500.  Bryant students are known for their school spirit and cheering on their athletes, especially in Division I basketball and football. The school mascot is a bulldog and, “Tupper”, a real bulldog is frequently seen on campus, being wheeled around in a stroller. Community service and Greek Life are both popular and most students are involved in at least 3-4 clubs. A tradition that students enjoy at the end of first semester each year, is the “Festival of Lights”, where students gather in the rotunda and light candles. The average accepted student has a 3.5 GPA and 1200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT. Bryant is test optional, but students who do not submit test scores are required to answer 3 additional essay questions.  Merit scholarships range from $8,000-$30,000 per year and are guaranteed all four years as low as students maintain a certain GPA.

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