Bryant & Stratton College
|President||Francis J. Felser, DM|
|Campus||Buffalo (main campus). Additional locations in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Online.|
|Colors||Blue, White, Lime Green |
|Affiliations||Association of Proprietary Colleges|
Bryant & Stratton College (BSC) is a private for-profit college with campuses in New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as an online campus. Founded in 1854, the college offers associate degree programs at all campuses and bachelor's degree programs at some campuses. The college is approved by the New York State Board of Regents and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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 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 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. A year later they developed programs for women. The college became well known in the middle of the 19th century under Platt's influence.
In addition to the Cleveland school, Bryant and Stratton established 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 40 to 50 schools existed. Tuition was $40 for an entire program of study. According to AJ Angulo, the chain was not without controversy about its marketing and business practices, and it declined in size after the death of Mr. Stratton.
Today, there are 19 physical locations and an online education division. The board chair of the school is Bryant Prentice III, great-great grandson of Dr. J.C. Bryant. The current president of Bryant & Stratton is Francis J. Felser, who has a doctorate from University of Phoenix. and has worked in various capacities at the school for more than 25 years.
In December 2020, Bryant & Stratton College announced that they would be donating the school to their non-profit family foundation.
According to the College Scorecard, Bryant & Stratton online has a 20 percent graduation rate, a 19 percent student loan repayment rate, and a typical total debt after graduation of $23,055. College Navigator reports a 27 percent graduation rate and a 12 percent transfer-out rate.
Bryant & Stratton College has Junior College Division II sports at several campuses and actively recruits high school students.
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- Henry Ford, car manufacturer, billionaire, philanthropist
- John W. Harreld, senator
- James J. Heffernan, US representative
- Antonio Joseph, politician
- Shalrie Joseph, head coach of the Grenada national football team
- John D. Larkin, founder of Larkin Company
- J. L. R. McCollum, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Timothy McVeigh, American domestic terrorist
- John William Moore, US representative
- R. J. Reynolds, tobacco manufacturer
- John D. Rockefeller, oligarch, billionaire, philanthropist
- Arthur Schoellkopf, industrialist
- Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian businessman (founder of Seagram Distillery) and politician
- Charles Woodruff, Brigadier General in the United States Army
Bryant & Stratton launched its online division in 1997. The college provides selected degrees over the Internet. According to College Navigator, approximately 40 percent of BSC's students are participating as online students.
New York State campuses can be found in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and six other locations. Ohio has four campuses, including Akron. Virginia has campuses in Hampton, Richmond, and Virginia Beach. In Wisconsin, there are three campuses.
On April 3, 2015, Bryant & Stratton College was placed on a Department of Education list to have its finances more closely scrutinized (a process called Heightened Cash Monitoring). Colleges placed on this list generally have federal funding restricted due to concerns of their financial responsibility.
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