Smithfield, RI


80 Ratings

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Bryant University

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What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

Most people would say that the stereotypical Bryant student is upper-middle-class, white, preppy, and from the New England area. While this may be the majority, Bryant has made a strong effort to become more diverse in recent years. International and multicultural students now make up a combined (approximately) 20% percent of the student body, and these numbers increase with every incoming class. In fact, part of the University’s 10-year strategic plan is to double the number of international and multicultural students to 20% each by 2020. More students are coming from non-New England states as well, as Bryant becomes better known throughout the U.S. Personally, I think the most noticeable similarity between most Bryant students is that most of us are strongly career-focused. The University is made up of a College of Liberal Arts and a College of Business, but even the liberal arts students at Bryant were typically drawn here because of the school requirement that all liberal arts majors have to minor in some area of business (and vice-versa). Students are attracted by Bryant's 98% job placement rate and we are not disappointed. From group projects/presentations and case analysis to resume-building workshops and career fairs, Bryant students are prepped for the job (and/or grad school) search from day one.

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There are a few stereotypes of students at Bryant and while yes they are mostly true, the majority of students are very friendly with one another and they get along just fine. While athletes tend to stick together and the Greek life students stick together, the foreigner students hang out together, and there are different cliques of girls who mostly just hang out with each other, Bryant does a great job of integrating the students. Group work and interactive classrooms are a big part of Bryant life and that helps you make connections with people outside of your normal social circle. Bryant is a small tight knit community with involved students, odds are you will work with many different kinds of people and know who many people are outside of who you normally hang out with. Everyone eats in the same dining hall and attends classes in the same building; this too makes it so students interact much more with people outside their norm.

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There are various "stereo types" at Bryant University. The campus is highly diversified in this sense. Many say that the majority of students are athletes. However, there are approximately 300 students a part of Greek Life. No matter what "stereo type" a student falls into, one thing is true of all Bryant students, they work hard. Students on campus are usually involved in at least one organization, and the library is always full.

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The students here can be described as cliquey. From personal experience this is not true until you begin to try to meet new people; common stereotype that most kids are stuck up because "rich" atmosphere, but can see that's not true when get to know people.

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