Bryant & Stratton College

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Bryant & Stratton College
Established 1854[1]
Type Proprietary
President Francis J. Felser[2]
Chairman Bryant H. Prentice III[3]
Students approx. 13,803
Undergraduates 13,803
Location Buffalo, New York, USA
Campus Buffalo (main campus). There are 18 additional locations in New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Virginia. There is also an Online Education Division.
Colors blue and white
Mascot Bobcats
Affiliations Association of Proprietary Colleges

Bryant & Stratton College is a for-profit college with campuses in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, and an online campus. Founded in 1854[1], the college offers two-year programs at all campuses and four-year programs at selected campuses. This school began as a business institute, but now is an accredited degree-granting college.[4] Bryant & Stratton College 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.[5] Influenced by nineteenth century educator Platt Spencer, the school became well-known, and notable early students of the school include John D. Rockefeller[6] and Henry Ford.[7]


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Henry Beadman Bryant, brother John Bryant, co-founder of the school
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Henry Stratton, brother-in-law of John Bryant, 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 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[1] 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.[8] By 1864 as many as 50 schools existed. Tuition was $40 for an entire program of study.[8]


Bryant & Stratton College offers Associate's and Bachelor's degrees in different academic disciplines such as Business Administration, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Electronic Engineering, Media Design, Information Technology (IT), Medicine (i.e. Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Services Administration etc.) or Hotel & Restaurant Management.[9]

Notable alumni

List of campuses

Bryant & Stratton College locations [10]

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.[11]


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  3. Bryant & Stratton College website Directors and officers' webpage. Accessed February 22, 2011.
  4. Accreditation information
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  6. Rockefeller took a ten week business course at Folsom's Commercial College, where he studied bookkeeping, which was a franchise of Bryanmt & Stratton. See Ellen Greenman Coffey, Nancy Shuker, John D. Rockefeller, empire builder (Silver Burdett, 1989), pp. 18, 30.
  7. 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.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Folsom's Business College". Ohio History Central.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Bryant & Stratton College - Curriculum".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Bryant & Stratton College - Campus Degrees: Locations
  11. Paul Wagenseil, "College Plans Virtual Graduation for Online Students," Fox News, June 8, 2009, found at Fox News website. Accessed June 11, 2009.

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