Bryant University’s incoming 2026 class largest in school history

BRYANT UNIVERSITY'S incoming 2026 class will have more than 1,000 students beginning their academic careers at the university this fall. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY
BRYANT UNIVERSITY'S incoming 2026 class will have more than 1,000 students beginning their academic careers at the university this fall. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

SMITHFIELD – Bryant University’s incoming 2026 graduating class will set a new university record for size this fall.

Bryant announced Thursday that it has received more than 1,000 deposits for the entering freshman class. That will make it the largest incoming class in the university’s 160-year history. The incoming class, Bryant said, includes 23% of students who are first-generation college attendees and 18% who identify as students of color.

Additionally, Bryant saw a 25% increase in applications received from 2021. The university said it received 8,695 applications from prospective students wanting to attend this coming academic year.

Byant President Ross Gittell said in a statement that incoming students and families “see that the value of a Bryant University degree is on the rise.”

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“I am eager for the exciting contributions that this class will make to our student-centered community,” Gittell said.

Bryant said its student orientation programs for the incoming class will run from June 13-28. The 2022-23 academic year will commence Sept. 6.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.

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