Bryant & Stratton College

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,[1][2] 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.[5][6]

Bryant & Stratton College
TypeFor-profit college
PresidentFrancis J. Felser, DM[3]
Location, ,
United States
CampusBuffalo (main campus). Additional locations in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Online.
ColorsBlue and White
AffiliationsAssociation of Proprietary Colleges


Henry Beadman Bryant, brother of John Bryant, both co-founders of the school
Henry Stratton, brother-in-law of John Bryant, also a co-founder of the school

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.[1][2]

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.[1][2] A year later they developed programs for women.[citation needed] The college became well known in the middle of the 19th century under Platt's influence.[7]

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.[2][8] By 1864 as many as 40 to 50 schools existed.[9] Tuition was $40 for an entire program of study.[2] According to AJ Angulo, the chain was not without controversy about its marketing and business practices,[10] and it declined in size after the death of Mr. Stratton.[citation needed]

In 2009, Bryant & Stratton was the first college to host an online graduation ceremony on Second Life.[11]

In 2018, Bryant and Stratton opened a school in Racine, Wisconsin,[12] closed its downtown Milwaukee campus, and moved its Cleveland campus to Solon in Ohio.[13]

Today, there are 19 physical locations and an online education division.[14] The board chair of the school is Bryant Prentice III, great-great grandson of Dr. J.C. Bryant.[15] The current president of Bryant & Stratton is Francis J. Felser, who has a doctorate from University of Phoenix.[16] and has worked in various capacities at the school for more than 25 years.[17]

In December 2020, Bryant & Stratton College announced that they would be donating the school to their non-profit family foundation.[18]



Bryant & Stratton's online faculty consists of 30 full-time instructors and 407 part-time instructors.[19] The Buffalo campus has 16 full-time instructors and 47 part-time instructors.[20]


Bryant & Stratton College offers Associate's and bachelor's degrees in healthcare, business, homeland security, legal studies, design, early childhood education and technology (IT).[21][22]

Graduation rateEdit

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.[23] College Navigator reports a 27 percent graduation rate and a 12 percent transfer-out rate.[24]


Bryant & Stratton College Buffalo plays basketball against Bryant & Stratton College Rochester at Monroe High School

Bryant & Stratton College has Junior College Division II sports at several campuses and actively recruits high school students.[25]

Bryant & Stratton has two campuses with competitive esports, Hampton, Virginia, and Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Both campuses have invested in esports labs, and students are being recruited for intercollegiate play.[26][27]


Notable students of the school include Henry Ford,[28] R.J. Reynolds[29] and Joseph E. Seagram.[30]


Bryant & Stratton launched its online division in 1997.[48] The college provides selected degrees over the Internet.[14] According to College Navigator, approximately 40 percent of BSC's students are participating as online students.[49]

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.[14]


In 2008, a private equity firm Parthenon Capital Partners bought a significant stake in the school.[50][51] The firm was bought out by the Bryant & Stratton Limited Partnership (family) in 2017.[52]

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.[53]


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