Student Profile1400 total enrollment: 800 traditional undergraduate students: (45% male, 55% female); 41 states, 10 countries. Over 600 students in online, dual-enrollment, degree completion, and graduate programs.
Faculty Profile45 full-time faculty, 29 part-time faculty. 14:1 student/faculty ratio.
Residence Life85% of students live on campus; housing varies from suite style rooms to community style rooms to townhomes. Bryan offers more than 40 clubs, organizations, and opportunities for students to serve, connect, and get involved. Opportunities include a semester in Italy, domestic and international mission trips, local service projects, and worldwide social justice efforts.
School LocationThe main campus is located on a 128-acre hilltop in Dayton, TN, within the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, just 35 minutes north of Chattanooga.
Bryan College athletes compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bryan competes nationally on the field, court, and classroom. Bryan Athletics has been awarded the NAIA Champions of Character 5 Star Institution Award, and the AAC Champions of Character award. Bryan coaches have been recognized for numerous Coach of the Year awards and have received national recognition. NAIA has consistently ranked Bryan nationally in multiple sports. Bryan has 14 varsity sports.
Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Track & Field/Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball
Women’s sports: Basketball, Cheerleading, Track & Field/Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Colors: Red & Gold
Bryan offers 22 majors with nearly 42 unique fields of study.
Undergraduate: Biblical studies, Biology, Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Education – Elementary & Secondary, English, Environmental Science, Exercise and Health Science, History, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Music, Politics & Government, Nursing, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinarian, Psychology, Spanish, Theatre.
Bryan College offers many opportunities for students to engage with culture outside of the classroom. The Acts Project is a missions class and summer-long vocational internship. The project enables students of any major to deepen their understanding of and experience in missions through highly-interactive class discussions and a two to six month internship with a local Christian community somewhere in the world. Students learn from believers who serve Christ around the world, and apply their chosen vocation in a ministry context.
Bryan’s Italy Abroad program is an innovative semester-long experience designed to bring together exciting academics, cultural experiences, and personal encounters with a missions lifestyle. Close contact with the Italian people, their values, and their beliefs give students a unique perspective on Christ’s impact on every culture.
Break For Change is a student led, short-term missions program that cultivates long-term relationships with ministry partners across America and around the world. The program gives students, staff and faculty opportunities to serve alongside local missionaries in inner city neighborhoods, community centers, and churches.
Practical Christian Involvement initiatives include student led teams and projects that creatively engage the local community through specific means, such as tutoring, protecting the sanctity of life, and visiting prisons.
Community Service Day hosts community-wide projects that practically serve individuals, families, churches, and non-profit groups in the Rhea County and surrounding areas. Classes are cancelled for the day so that the entire campus – students, faculty and staff – can take part.
The Worldview Initiative is a group of students who travel to high schools, churches, and homeschool groups around the country. They seek to cultivate a generation of students who love God, live the gospel, and shape their communities. This is accomplished by creating conversations through conferences, retreats, and chapels designed to model a way of living the gospel through personal piety and social action.
SSTOP (Students Stopping the Trafficking of Persons) seeks to raise awareness among students about the global problem of trafficking, facilitate dialogue about trafficking, urge those in power to use their resources to prevent trafficking, and support and participate in local and international work to restore trafficked victims.
Academic excellence is at the heart of the mission of Bryan College. The claims of Christ don’t make the intellectual pursuits less important but more important. Bryan’s professors therefore are of the highest caliber. They are serious about scholarship, serious about teaching, and serious about mentoring students both inside the classroom and out.
The Bryan College Honors Program exposes honors students to a wide range of disciplines in order to provide them with a broad base of knowledge. It provides students with information, shapes and instills intellectual skills for critical thinking, reflective reasoning, and dialogue, leading toward an integrated and coherent view of the world within which they will live and operate. Honors students apply their knowledge through research, writing, internships, public service, and college symposia.
The Bryan Center for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) promotes the academic research endeavors of the college’s undergraduate students and supports the college’s motto and mission. The BCUR holds an annual undergraduate research conference in which students have the opportunity to present their research to faculty, classmates, and the general public.
The Center for International Development (CID) is an international Christian outreach program designed to provide expertise and assistance in response to learning and educational needs in nations experiencing economic, political, social, cultural or spiritual transition.
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic, and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. An annual series of regional and national competitions allow Enactus teams to present their project results before a panel of judges involving many of today’s top business leaders.
The Bryan College Debate Team is a student led parliamentary debate team that has competed on a local, regional, and national level since 2006. The Debate team exists because Bryan believes that debate is an invaluable catalyst in rhetoric and persuasive communication, and that it effectively trains students to think critically and speak well on a variety of issues.
The annual Broad Street Film Festival is a celebration of the creative achievements of the students of Bryan College and surrounding colleges, as displayed through the medium of film. During the academic year leading up to the Spring semester film festival, students script, shoot, edit, and produce films that can range in length from a few minutes to feature-length. These films are then judged by a group of professional filmmakers and critics from Chattanooga and Los Angeles; and awards are presented based on story, creativity, professionalism, and more.
The Student Government Association (SGA) is a leadership team of students elected or appointed by the student body to provide various opportunities and services throughout the school year. The responsibilities of SGA members include providing spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social growth opportunities.
The Chapel program weaves together a variety of elements including musical worship, guest speakers, corporate prayer, film screenings, and conferences. Guests come from around the world and around the corner to join Bryan’s community. Past featured speakers have included Kay Arthur, Tony Evans, Michael Card, Joni Eareckson Tada, Josh Bales, and many more.
The Music Department provides opportunities for all students to participate in a wide variety of musical activities, including Bryan Chorale, Chamber Singers, instrumental groups, musical theatre, Women’s chorus and worship teams.
The Hilltop Players have been producing plays and musicals for more than 40 years. The Bryan College theatre production team has grown to be a major cultural element of the college as well as the Southeast Tennessee community. They produce 3-4 exciting productions a year.
As a Christian liberal arts college, Bryan challenges students to think critically regarding the world of ideas while affirming the truth of the Word of God as the foundation of all life and learning. Bryan believes that the study of every discipline should enable students to see God’s creative hand and give Him glory in every pursuit. Bryan provides the type of academic rigor which prepares students to enter the best graduate and professional schools while growing in faith and the spiritual disciplines.
Success in life is dependent upon gaining the tools that allow students to understand their discipline of study, think clearly and creatively, and articulate their ideas in an effective way. A Bryan education puts students on a path of lifelong learning and gives them the resources to live a life of true significance.
Costs and Aid
2013 - 2014: Comprehensive tuition: $27,400 (Tuition: $21,150; Room and board: $6,250). Percentage of students receiving financial aid: 97%
For Clear Acceptance:
- Either ACT of 18 or SAT of 860 (combined critical reading and math) if cumulative high school GPA is >2.5
- Either ACT of 20 or SAT of 920 (combined critical reading and math) if cumulative high school GPA is between 2.0 and 2.5
Applying to Bryan
- Complete an application for admission online.
- Send application fee of $35 via credit card on the online application, or you can send a check by mail.
- Request transcripts from high school (and colleges, if applicable).
- Send official ACT and/or SAT scores to Bryan College.
- Submit the application essay in the application portal
- Submit three references in the application portal.
- Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and you may be accepted as early as September 1 of your senior year
- Once accepted, a $100 enrollment and $100 housing deposit are due before May 1 for priority consideration
Steps to Receiving Financial Aid:
- Admission to Bryan College – You must be accepted for admission in order to receive financial aid.
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) – Must be submitted each year to determine eligibility for need- based grants, work and loans. Submit prior to January 31 for priority consideration. Federal School Code: 003536
Scholarships and Grants
- Academic Scholarship: $4,000-$14,000
- Incoming freshmen with a 3.5 high school GPA and 24 ACT or 1100 SAT
- Transfer Scholarship: $2,000-$4,000
- Incoming transfer students with a 3.0 college GPA
- Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship: $2,000
- Incoming transfer student who is a member of Phi Theta Kappa
- National Merit Recognition Program: Full Tuition
- Incoming freshmen who are National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists
- Bryan Opportunity Program: Up to Full Tuition, Room & Board
- Incoming Tennessee Freshman who have a total family incoming <=$35,000
- Full Tuition, Room & Board: cumulative high school GPA of 3.6 AND ACT 28/ SAT 1240 (reading/math)
- Full Tuition: Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 AND ACT 21/ SAT 980 (reading/math)
- Incoming Tennessee Freshman who have a total family incoming <=$35,000
- Bryan Need-Based Grant: Amount Varies
- Incoming freshman with need as determined by the FAFSA
- Rhea County Scholarship
- Rhea County residents with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT
- REACH Scholarship
- Bledsoe, Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, and Sequatchie County residents with a 3.0 GPA and 21 ACT or 980 SAT
- Athletic Scholarship: Amount Varies
- Awarded to students based upon ability
- Music and Theatre Scholarships: Amount Varies
- Awarded to students based upon ability