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Bryant University

Office of Conferences and Special Events
1150 Douglas Pike

Smithfield, Rhode Island 02917-1284

1600Largest Group
45Meeting Rooms
1100Overnight Guests
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Bryant University is securely set on 428 lush acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island—just 15 minutes from TF Green Airport and Providence, RI and one hour from Boston, MA. Our campus provides a motivating educational atmosphere that can only be found in a college setting. The surrounding Providence area presents visitors with an abundant amount of opportunity for relaxation and recreation. A contained campus in a quaint town, Bryant University is the ideal Rhode Island location for groups looking to feel safe while still remaining close to major U.S cities.

The Office of Conferences & Special Events at Bryant University provides meeting and event planning services to external businesses and organizations and coordinates several special events for the campus community. The Providence area conference staff has extensive meeting planning experience. During the planning process, our Bryant University staff will discuss your program, goals and budget. With this information, we will work with you to develop the most appropriate plan for your Bryant University event. We will help you choose the best meeting facilities and event services and then act as your liaison to relay your needs through departments on campus. Let us take the stress out of planning and show you why Bryant University is the perfect spot for your next Providence, RI event! 

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Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Providence - 10 miles Boston - 45 miles
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
TF Green / 15
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Meeting Facilities: Year-round Residential facilities: June - August
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Residence Halls
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Private, Semi-Private
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The Princeton Review has included Bryant University in their "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses" list. The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled. Guests are issued a password for the duration of their stay that enables them to connect multiple devices at no charge. Most classrooms and meeting rooms are equipped with built in projection equipment. Several feature smart boards and document cameras.
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Corporate Social Events
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Youth Retreat/Camp

Event Spaces

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Academic Innovation Center

Opened in September 2016

Innovation Forum:
Seating capacity for 300
Flexible Configurations of movable furnishings
Seating can be arranged for small group activities or large events
Movable Whiteboards
Two Large Screen Projectors

Five Tiered Classrooms
Seating Capacity of 50
Writable white board surfaces
Touch-panel control of a/v
Wireless projection available
Ceiling speakers

Five Flat Classrooms
Seating Capacity of 50-75
Movable furniture on casters
Videoconference unit on request
Wireless projection
Touch panel a/v

Breakout Rooms During the summer months, the main academic building, the Unistructure, offers a total of 50 standard breakout classrooms. Each classroom has a capacity of approximately 35 and furniture can be rearranged for various purposes. Each classroom is also equipped with a built in projector and audio visual system.

Fisher Student Center: Rooms 2A/B Rooms 2A and 2B open and combine to accommodate a maximum of 120 people. Separately, Room 2A can accommodate 32 theatre style while Room 2B can accommodate 68 people. Each room is equipped with projection ability as well as audio visual and can be arranged to meet your specific needs.

Fisher Student Center: 2C Room 2C is located on the second floor of the Fisher Student Center and can accomodate 80 people theatre style. This room is equipped with projection ability as well as audio visual and can be arranged to meet your specific needs.

Fisher Student Center: Heritage/Papitto The Fisher Student Center, Bryant’s newly renovated vibrant hub for collaboration, experiential learning, and relaxation, offers two mixed-purpose spaces on its first floor, Papitto and Heritage, that can be used separately or together and combine to accommodate 200 people. Heritage can hold a maximum of 90 and Papitto can hold a maximum of 115. Both rooms are outfitted with state of the art audiovisual ability and seating can be arranged to meet your needs.

The Grand Hall Located in the University’s George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology, the Grand Hall is an ideal venue for special events and exhibitions. The hall features a media wall, an A/V booth equipped with state-of-the-art technology and accommodates 400 people lecture style and 200 people dining style.

Interfaith Center Designed in 2009 by the internationally-renowned architectural firm Gwathmey Siegal & Associates, the award winning Interfaith Center is a 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) non-denominational place of worship and reflection. The main chapel features a water wall, grand piano and built in audio system. Additionally, there are two smaller rooms that accommodate approximately 40 and 60 each.

Management Resource Complex, Room 3 Located in the main academic building, MRC 3 is a versatile meeting space ideal for smaller groups. It is equipped with built in audiovisual equipment and whiteboards. The room’s maximum capacity is 50 people and the seating can be arranged to meet your meeting style requirements.

Janikies Theatre Janikies Theatre seats approximately 400 people in a theatre style venue. This venue is fully equipped with stage lighting, a state-of-the art sound system and audiovisual equipment to produce professional presentations.

Management Resource Complex, Room 4 Located in the main academic building, MRC 4 is a versatile meeting space. It is equipped with built in audiovisual equipment and whiteboards. The room’s maximum capacity is 120 people and the seating can be arranged to meet your meeting style requirements.

Multipurpose Athletic Center The air conditioned spacious MAC is a 15,000 square foot raw space available for various large events and exhibitions. The space accommodates 1,500 people and can be arranged to meet your specific needs.



Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
Warren House and Bristol House 145 290 Residence Halls Communal yes
Barrington House 134 268 Residence Halls Shared yes
Newport House 90 180 Hotel-Like Shared yes
Townhouses 4 4-7 Suite/Apartment Style Shared yes
Village Housing 96 135 Residence Halls Shared


  • Full Service Catering
    From small morning coffee breaks to elegant hors d’oeuvre parties and theme buffets, our on-site catering provides menus filled with fresh, contemporary ideas.
    The catering staff will deliver the quality food and service necessary to ensure your event is a success.
    >>> menu (PDF)


  • Dunkin Donuts
    Full service Dunkin Donuts offering an assortment of breakfast items, coffee and specialty drinks
  • Subway
    Full service Subway offering a variety of sandwiches, salads and pizza
  • Salmanson Dining Hall
    Seating Capacity: 550
    Centrally located, Salmanson Dining Hall offers all-you-care-to-eat dining, serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our food is highly rated by all of our guests and our dining staff is friendly and knowledgable. Menus can be tailored to your group preference. Allergies can be accomodated and there is a nutritionist on staff.  


One-Stop Shop Conference Office You’re not alone while planning your conference, meeting or event at Bryant University! Our Conference Office, a One-Stop Shop, is equipped with expert personnel that will coordinate all campus services associated with your visit. 

Rentals If we do not have something on site, we will happily take care of the rental process. Our strong relationship with local vendors in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts allows us to secure reasonably priced rentals of anything, from a dunk tank to light towers!

Indoor and Outdoor Events Bryant's spacious and well-maintained campus is perfect for both indoor and outdoor events. We regularly rent tents for a variety of client outdoor dining and activities, such as the annual Northeast Gas Association Clambake shown in the photo! 

Bus and Shuttle Service We will coordinate any ground transportation to off-site locations during your conference or event. Our location allows you to enjoy a host of attractions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts!


Smart Classrooms All classrooms include a technology station featuring a PC, internet access, VGA, HDMI, DVD system, and video projection equipment.

Computer Labs There are 5 computer labs located in the Academic Building that feature instruction stations as well as audio/visual projection equipment.

Wired and Wireless Complementary wired as well as wireless internet access is available in all campus locations

Meeting Spaces Video projection, VGA, HDMI, laptops, flip charts and easels

Technical Support Our Conference Office personnel will work directly with our Audio Visual Department as a liaison for all of your technological needs. The AV staff will also be on-site during your stay for an additional needs that may arise.

Area Attractions

Sports and Entertainment Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mohegan Sun Casino
Twin River Casino
Mulligan's Island Mini Golf
Pawtucket Red Sox
Revolution Soccer
Xfinity Center
United Skates of America
Patriots Place
CW Lanes & Games
Golf Course Listing –

Various Attractions Local Area Attractions With Bryant's key location in the center of Rhode Island, several attractions are within a short distance from campus for guests who have a little bit of spare time during their stay. If you are interested in planning an off-campus activity for your participants, the Conference staff can provide recommendations based on your attendees and assist with the coordination of transportation. Below are links to several area attractions that may be of interest to conference guests:

Providence Attractions Providence Place Cinemas 16 & IMAX
Providence Children's Museum
Providence Performing Arts Center
Providence Place Mall
The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
RISD Museum
WaterFire Providence
Federal Hill
La Gondola

Newport, RI Within a one hour drive, enjoy scenic Newport, RI.  Rich in history, Newport is home to mansions that you can tour, miles of beaches, Fort Adams State park and the famous 3.5 mile Cliff Walk that traces the edge of the sea.  Dining and shopping options abound on Thames Street in the downtown area. 
Newport Calendar of Events
Newport Jazz Festival
Newport Mansions
Newport Music Festival
Newport Vineyards

Vineyards and Breweries Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard 
Newport Vineyards
Brutopia Brewery
Ravenous Brewing Company 
Trinity Brewhouse
Union Station Brewery

Additional Attractions Audubon Society of RI - Environmental Education Center
Battleship Massachusetts
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Scarborough Beach –
Six Flags New England
Wrentham Village Premium Outlets


  • “On behalf of Northeast Gas Association, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Bryant University Event Conference team for another incredible Gas Operations School (GOS). This event would not be possible without your excellent staff, whose creativity, energy and attention to detail make this a truly "five star" event . Thank you again for all of your help and support during the GOS event. We appreciate all that you and your team did to make it happen."
    Eileen Sitte, Northeast Gas Association, June 2017

  • "We have held our summer workshop at Bryant the last few summers and it has been a wonderful experience. From the conference staff to the student workers, everyone is great to work with and extremely helpful in planning a successful event."
    Ericka Metevier, Jostens, Inc., June 2017

  • "The Conference Office has been extremely helpful in arranging our camp program. The staff is very friendly and easy to work with, and the excellent set up of the dormitories, fields, and meals has ensured that our coaches and campers have been able to really enjoy their camp experience."
    Andrew Biggs, Bryant Women's Soccer, July 2017

  • "We at MADD Rhode Island were thrilled to continue our 27 year history with Bryant University at this year’s TeamSpirit Youth Leadership Conference.” 
    Jennifer O'Neil, MADD RI, July 2017

  • "NECA's summer cheer leading camp at Bryant University was the best!! The facilities are awesome and their staff is efficient, friendly and very accommodating.  Bryant is the best host university in the country!” -August, 2014, Priscilla L. Lutz, NECA President
    New England Cheer Association

  • “We could not let another moment go by without taking the time to celebrate the work of your staff during the 2014 Summer Training Series.  I’m not writing this out of any obligation or mandate, but simply because during the course of the two weeks we were at Bryant, there was never a moment that we felt we were flying without a safety net.” - August 2014
    Children's Friend

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