Online Business Program Places High in Rankings

January 19, 2018 – Bryan College’s online business program geared toward adult learners has recently received the distinction of placing in two national rankings.

The college has placed #6 in The Best Colleges’ “Top 25 Online Associate in Business Administration Programs for 2018” and #23 in Best College Reviews’ “Top 24 Associate’s Degree Programs in Business Online 2017-2018.” Both of these rankings looked at colleges and universities from all over the country, including Indiana Wesleyan University, Belhaven University, Liberty University, and University of Phoenix (among many others). Rankings were based on factors such as tuition, customization options, and graduation rate.

Bryan’s program boasts 6-week accelerated online classes, a Christian worldview, and competitive tuition rates with financial aid available to those who qualify. Graduates of the program complete all general education requirements for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies, which allows for a seamless transition into the bachelor’s degree program later.

According to, “The skills obtained through an online associate degree in business will prepare you for a career in many different industries. Organizational, interpersonal communication, budgeting, and marketing expertise will make you a competitive candidate for jobs as an administrative or executive assistant within corporations, healthcare organizations, and technology firms.”

Daniel Gates, an assistant business professor at Bryan, remarked, “As a professor at Bryan College it is gratifying to hear that our hard work is recognized. We do our best as instructors to bring in our own academic, real world, and Christian worldview into the classroom; I know it is the unique experiences of our faculty that allow Bryan College to deliver a quality education that focuses on a biblical worldview.”

To learn more about Bryan’s Associate of Science in Business online degree program, visit the website here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.

College Choice Places Bryan #11 in “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee”

November 1, 2017 – A recent ranking released by College Choice placed Bryan College #11 in “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee,” outranking competitors such as Tennessee Wesleyan University, Lee University, and East Tennessee State University.

“Online degree tracks, which often don’t require any on-campus classroom attendance, are at the cutting edge of education,” stated College Choice in its introduction to the ranking. “They integrate all of the rigorous academic standards and expansive resources of Tennessee’s thriving colleges and universities, while still allowing students to keep up with the responsibilities of a family or full-time job.”

The “Best Online Colleges in Tennessee” ranking takes several factors into consideration, including but not limited to graduation rate, institutional reputation, student-faculty ratios, and financial aid. Its write-up on Bryan includes helpful information on the distance education program across the undergraduate- and graduate-level online offerings. “Because the undergraduate program is specially tailored to adult learners with existing career or family obligations, most academic pathways offer a format that’s highly flexible and significantly accelerated compared to a traditional course of study,” the ranking points out.

Dr. Adina Scruggs, the dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS), remarked, “The School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Bryan College is committed to providing quality education with a Biblical worldview. The academic strengths of our traditional programs have grown into the variety of online degrees offered today. As we look toward future online course offerings, AGS continues to grow and fulfill the mission of Bryan College by ‘educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.’”

To learn more about Bryan’s online offerings, click here!

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.

Bryan Named to “Best Colleges” by U.S. News

October 5, 2017 – Bryan College recently received the honor of being named to two different rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, a respected organization that thousands of families depend on to make an educated choice regarding important college and university decisions.

  • #34 in “Best Value Schools” (Regional Universities South): According to this ranking’s website, “The calculation used here takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. [. . .] Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included.”
  • #68 (tie) in “Best Regional Universities South”: According to a recent U.S. News article, this ranking’s methodology takes into account “up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.” These are then “scored, normalized and assigned weights that reflect U.S. News’ judgment about how much the measures matter.” Moreover, “U.S. News chooses to only publish the individual overall ranks of schools placing within the top 75 percent of their categories.”

“It is a great privilege for an institution to be named a ‘Best College’ by U.S. News and World Report,” said Vice President of Finance and Enrollment Rick Taphorn. “Bryan is honored to receive this recognition and will continue to pursue excellence and faithfulness to our motto ‘Christ Above All’ far into the future.”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, advancement writer and editor.

Bryan College Earns Several National Rankings

DCIM101GOPROSeptember 6, 2016 – Over the past few months, Bryan College has continued to garner national recognition and make its way onto several prestigious rankings. Here are some recent highlights:

#2 – “Best Online Program in Tennessee” by

“All courses at Bryan are taught from a Christian worldview and are designed to foster growth and spiritual devotion to Christ.”

#7 – “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” by

“Bryan College is situated on a beautiful, rural 125 acre campus which is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. Bryan College’s campus is well planned, lush green lawns and an abundance of deciduous trees.”

#9 – “60 Most Affordable Accredited Online Christian Colleges and Universities” by

#9 – “20 Best College Deals for Conservative Christians” by  

#15 – “25 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Administration Programs” by

#24 – “25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South” by

#43 – “Lowest Student Loan Debt for 4-Year Colleges and Universities” by

#47 – “2017 Best Value Online Business Degrees” by

“If you want to study at a Christian institution where religious worldviews are incorporated into the curriculum and also earn an ACBSP-accredited degree, the Bryan College Bachelor of Science in Business Administration may be a great fit and value for you.”


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