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Bryan College Review

Bryan College is a private Christian liberal arts college in Dayton, Tennessee, that offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as graduate certificates. Most of its undergraduates — about 85 percent — live on campus, but the school also offers online coursework and degrees, and there are campuses in Chattanooga and Knoxville for the Adult & Graduate Studies departments. Bryan is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Faith is the central focus at this college. The school’s motto, “Christ Above All,” is considered an important part of life at Bryan, especially in the classroom, and undergraduates take Bible classes in addition to their other coursework. For students who want a high-quality, Christ-centered education, this school can be an excellent fit.

  • Total enrollment, 2013: 1,704
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,573
  • Steps to undergraduate admission include:
    • Complete an online application and pay the application fee
    • Send transcripts from your high school and any other colleges you have attended
    • Submit ACT and/or SAT scores
    • Submit an application essay and three references
  • Steps to graduate admission include:
    • Complete an online application and pay the application fee
    • Submit official transcripts of your bachelor’s degree, with a minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Speak with an admissions counselor
    • Submit a current resume or CV
  • Admission deadline: Undergraduate admission is on a rolling basis, and students can be accepted as early as September 1 of their senior year of high school. For graduate admission, all admission materials must be received no later than two weeks before the first day of class.

Financial Aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 95% receive aid, which can include grants, loans, scholarships and/or work-study.
Featured Programs

Bryan offers 21 majors, which comprise 44 different fields of study, at the undergraduate level, as well as four graduate programs that include seven academic options within them.

Business Administration

Bryan College has three different business administration programs — associate, bachelor's and master's — all offered both online and on campus. The associate degree in business administration program is 60 credit hours, with a combination of general education and business courses designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters. The bachelor's degree in business administration program blends general education courses with a 37-49 credit hour concentration in organizational management, health care management, human resource management or leadership. The MBA program can take as little as 18 months to complete, with concentrations in general management, marketing and human resources.

Exercise & Health Science

The exercise & health science programs at Bryan College include a bachelor's degree program, a minor and a K-12 physical education licensure option. The EHS major aims to teach students about how the body works; how to keep it functioning efficiently; and how to prevent problems, as well as how to rehabilitate the body when issues do occur. It’s a hands-on major and one of the most popular academic options at Bryan.

Christian Studies

The Master of Arts in Christian studies can be done online or on campus. In keeping with the school’s “Christ Above All” motto, the degree program aims to develop ministry leaders and to provide a strong Biblical foundation for professionals to be effective in Christian service.


Bryan College has a dynamic campus culture, with various ministries and worship services on campus, a number of residence halls, intramural and intercollegiate sports, and many hangout spots and campus resources. As part of the Christ-centered educational philosophy of Bryan, professors typically open classes with prayers and integrating faith into the classroom is an important part of the learning process. The student-teacher ratio is 14:1, and the college library boasts 160,000 digital and print books, plus 24,000 magazines, newspapers and academic journals. Undergraduate and graduate students have access to career services and tutoring as well.

Bryan Colleges offers various ministries and worship services on campus, and professors integrate faith into the classroom and the learning process.

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Bryan College has made several independent rankings for its value and Christ-centered education, but it also appears on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings, including:

  • Best Regional Colleges (South): No. 22
  • Best Value Schools: No. 7

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Bernard R. Belisle, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, volunteers with the Tennessee Valley Theatre
  • John B. Carpenter, Assistant Professor of Journalism, has received 12 first-place awards from the Tennessee Press Association
  • Dr. Neal Doran, Professor of Biology, has received a Geological Society of America research grant and a Cushman Foundation grant
  • Dr. Ron Petitte, Professor of Politics and Government, received an Outstanding Teaching in Political Science award in 2009 and was a presenter & discussion leader at the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University in 2008, 2011 and 2013
  • Dr. Hannah Schultz, Assistant Professor of History, Justice and Government, received a fellowship for the Columbia University Dutch Paleography Summer Program in 2014 and graduate fellowships from Central Michigan University in 2011-12 and 2013
  • Dr. Adina Scruggs, Associate Professor of Business, volunteers with the Christian Motorcyclists Association and the Austin Hatcher Foundation
  • Samuel Youngs, Instructor in Christian Studies, is the Book Reviews Editor of the American Theological Inquiry

1. Bryan College, http://www.bryan.edu/
2. Bryan College-Dayton, College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed April 21, 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=bryan+college&s=all&id=219790
3. Bryan College, The Princeton Review, Accessed April 7, 2015, http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1022869/college/bryan-college
4. Bryan College: All Rankings, U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed April 7, 2015, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/bryan-college-219790/overall-rankings

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