Bryant & Stratton College
|President||Francis J. Felser|
|Chairman||Bryant H. Prentice III|
465 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203,
|Campus||Buffalo (main campus). There are 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 private, coeducational, for-profit college with campuses in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and an online campus. Founded in 1854, the college offers two-year programs (Associate's degrees) at all campuses and four-year programs (Bachelor's degrees) at selected campuses. This school began as a business institute, but now is an accredited degree-granting college.
The school is approved by the New York State Board of Regents and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Influenced by nineteenth century educator Platt Spencer, the college 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.
Bryant & Stratton College offers Associate's and Bachelor's degrees in different academic disciplines such as Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Accounting, Marketing, Criminal Justice, Electronic Engineering, Media Design, Information Technology (IT), Medicine (i.e. Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Services Administration etc.) or Hotel & Restaurant Management.
- Harold J. Arthur (Albany Business College), Governor of Vermont
- Murdock A. Campbell (Albany Business College), Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard
- Ricky Charles, Grenada international soccer player
- Armando Dugand (Albany Business College), Colombian scientist
- Henry Ford, car manufacturer, billionaire, philanthropist
- John D. Rockefeller, Oligarch, billionaire, philanthropist
- William J. Grattan (Albany Business College), member of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate
- Douglas Hudson (Albany Business College), member of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate
- Otto F. Hunziker, dairy pioneer
- Shalrie Joseph, major league soccer player
- Erastus C. Knight, Mayor of Buffalo
- John D. Larkin, founder of Larkin Company
- J. L. R. McCollum, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Jesse Peterson, Industrialist and Presidential Elector
- R. J. Reynolds, tobacco manufacturer
- Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman (founder of Seagram Distillery) and politician
- Samak Sundaravej, Thailand prime minister
- Aldo Tatangelo, Mayor of Laredo, Texas; plastics manufacturer and native of Providence, Rhode Island
- J. Millard Tawes, Governor of Maryland
- Albert Elijah Dunning, theologian
- John Ritchie MacNicol, politician
- Marcus A. Coolidge, senator
- John William Moore, US representative
- James J. Heffernan, US representative
- Louis F. Moench, educationalist
- John W. Harreld, senator
- Daniel Hogan, politician
- Earl Tupper, businessman and inventor
- Charles P. Weaver, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky
- Antonio Joseph, politician
- Leonard W. Schuetz, US representative
- Arthur Schoellkopf, industrialist
- George M. Maypole, businessman and politician
- Fred A. Dennett, businessman and politician
- Benjamin S. Paulen, Governor of Kansas
- Charles Woodruff, Brigadier General in the United States Army
- Charles Winston Thompson, banker and politician
- George T. Burling, banker and politician
- John Stephen Michaud, prelate
- George H. Prouty, Governor of Vermont
- John I. Beggs, businessman
- James Hamilton Peabody, Governor of Colorado
- Edward J. Baker, philanthropist
- Firmin V. Desloge, industrialist
- Lou Blonger, crime boss
- Hugh J. Chisholm, industrialist
- Voltaire P. Twombly, union veteran of the American Civil War
- Loring Augustus Chase, cofounder of Winter Park, Florida
List of campuses
Bryant & Stratton College locations
- Albany, New York
- Malta, New York (extension center)
- Amherst, New York
- Buffalo, New York (referred to as Downtown campus)
- Greece, New York
- Henrietta, New York
- Orchard Park, New York (referred to as Southtowns)
- North Syracuse, New York
- Downtown Syracuse, New York
- 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 - History".
- "Bryant & Stratton College - President".
- Bryant & Stratton College website Directors and officers' webpage. Accessed February 22, 2011.
- Bryant & Stratton College - Accreditation
- "Accreditation". Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- Rockefeller took a ten-week business course at Folsom's Commercial College, where he studied bookkeeping, which was a franchise of Bryant & Stratton. See Ellen Greenman Coffey, Nancy Shuker, John D. Rockefeller, empire builder (Silver Burdett, 1989), pp. 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), p. 28 Found at Google Books.
- "Folsom's Business College". Ohio History Central.
- "Bryant & Stratton Business College". Kentucky Secretary of State.
- "Bryant & Stratton College - Curriculum".
- Bryant & Stratton College - Campus Degrees: Locations Archived March 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
- Paul Wagenseil, "College Plans Virtual Graduation for Online Students," Fox News, June 8, 2009, found at Fox News website. Accessed June 11, 2009.