Bryant & Stratton College
|Bryant & Stratton College|
|Chairman||Bryant H. Prentice III|
|Location||Buffalo, New York, USA|
|Campus||Buffalo (main campus). There are 18 additional locations in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Virginia. There is also an Online Education Division.|
|Colors||blue and white|
|Affiliations||Association of Proprietary Colleges|
Bryant & Stratton College is a for-profit college with campuses in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and an online campus. Founded in 1854, the college offers two-year programs at all campuses and four-year programs at selected campuses. This school began as a business institute, but now is an accredited degree-granting college. Influenced by nineteenth century educator Platt Spencer, the school became well-known, and notable early students of the school include John D. Rockefeller  and Henry Ford.
John Collins Bryant, Henry Beadman Bryant, and Henry Dwight Stratton were early graduates of Folsom Business College in Cleveland, Ohio, which they later purchased from the owner of the school, Ezekiel G. Folsom, who founded his school in 1848. Folsom was a former student of Platt Rogers Spencer who developed a standardized style of writing useful in business transactions before the invention of the typewriter. Platt Spencer also played a role in the formation of Bryant & Stratton College serving as a partner and teacher at the school which originally focused on bookkeeping and standardized penmanship. Bryant & Stratton College was organized in 1854 to provide practical workplace education, and was formerly known as Bryant and Stratton Business Institute.
In addition to purchasing the Cleveland school, Bryant and Stratton established a number of business schools that operated under the name of Bryant & Stratton & Co's chain of International Commercial Colleges in most major US cities. By 1864 as many as 50 schools existed. Tuition was $40 for an entire program of study.
Several other institutions trace their roots to Bryant & Stratton, including Bryant University and Chancellor University. Chancellor University is the original Cleveland school, Folsom Business School, which was sold several times and later renamed Spencarian College, then Dyke College, later David N. Myers College and now Chancellor University.
- Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek (Milwaukee Campus)
- Ricky Charles, Grenada international soccer player
- Henry Ford, billionaire, philanthropist
- Otto F. Hunziker, dairy pioneer
- Shalrie Joseph, major league soccer player
- Erastus C. Knight, Mayor of Buffalo 1902−1905
- Timothy McVeigh, convicted of the Oklahoma City Bombing
- Jesse Peterson, Industrialist and Presidential Elector
- R. J. Reynolds, tobacco manufacturer
- John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil (Exxon Mobil), philanthropist
- Samak Sundaravej, Thailand prime minister
- J. Millard Tawes, Governor of Maryland
List of campuses
Bryant & Stratton College locations 
- Albany, New York
- Amherst, New York
- Buffalo, New York (referred to as Downtown campus, this was the original Bryant and Stratton location)
- Greece, New York
- Henrietta, New York
- Orchard Park, New York (referred to as Southtowns)
- North Syracuse, New York
- Syracuse, New York
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Eastlake, Ohio (Moved from Willoughby Hills in August, 2008)
- Parma, Ohio
- Akron, Ohio (Coming in January 2012)
- The college also provides selected degrees over the Internet. It was the first college to host an on-line graduation ceremony on Second Life.
- Bryant & Stratton College website Directors and officers' webpage. Accessed February 22, 2011.
- Accreditation information
- Rockefeller took a ten week business course at Folsom's Commercial College, where he studied bookkeeping, which was a franchise of Bryanmt & Stratton. See Ellen Greenman Coffey, Nancy Shuker, John D. Rockefeller, empire builder (Silver Burdett, 1989), pg. 18, 30.
- In about 1879, Ford studied bookkeeping at Goldsmith, Bryant & Stratton Business College in Detroit, which was at the time part of the Bryant & Stratton College system. See Steven Watts, The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century (Random House, Inc., 2006), pg. 28 Found at Google Books.
- Folsom Business College origins
- Bryant University common roots to Bryant & Stratton College
- Chancellor University common roots to Bryant & Stratton College
- Bryant & Stratton College - Campus Degrees: Locations
- Paul Wagenseil, "College Plans Virtual Graduation for Online Students," Fox News, June 8, 2009, found at Fox News website. Accessed June 11, 2009.
- Bryant & Stratton College Website
- Association of Proprietary Colleges Website
- Early Bryant & Stratton Newspaper Advertisement
- Bryant & Stratton College 150 Year Anniversary History Video
- Meaning and Practice of Commercial Education