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Bryant Accepted to Prestigious CFA Institute University Affiliation Program

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University has been accepted into the CFA Institute® University Affiliation Program, which positions students to earn the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, the world’s most respected and recognized investment credential.

The CFA Institute® University Affiliation signals that Bryant's curriculum is aligned with accepted professional practices, and it fully prepares students to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations. Through participation in this program, Bryant is eligible to annually receive student scholarships for the CFA Program.

“The CFA Institute® University Affiliation status is a testament to our exceptionally strong finance services curriculum” said Peter J. Nigro, Ph.D., Sarkisian Chair in Financial Services, Professor and Chair of Finance Department at Bryant. 


Scholarships and opportunities for Bryant students

The student scholarships program awarded to Bryant will save students thousands of dollars each year and give them a step up in their careers. In addition, Bryant is strenghtening ties with the CFA the global association of investment professionals that sets the highest standards for education, ethics and professionalism

At Bryant, all seniors majoring in business administration, with a concentration in either finance or financial services and those majoring in international business, with a concentration in finance are eligible to apply for these CFA Program Awareness Scholarships. Finance Professor and CFA Charter holder, Cathy Zheng is the point of contact with the CFA and will be a resource for students as CFA Director.

“Students in these programs study the Candidate Body of Knowledge, which includes the core knowledge, skills, and abilities identified by practitioners worldwide as essential for successful practice,” said CFA Institute’s® Head of University Relations Neil Govier. “By mastering the fundamentals of the CFA Program and the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, these future investment professionals gain a strong foundation that helps prepare them well to join the growing CFA Institute® community dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

About the CFA Institute®

CFA Institute® is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the industry gold standard CFA charter. The organization is a champion for ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute® has more than 148,000 members in 163 countries and territories, including 142,000 CFA charterholders. For more information, visit

The CFA Program sets a standard for developing the skills, standards, competence, and integrity of financial analysts, portfolio managers, investment advisers, and other investment professionals worldwide.  It is widely considered the investment profession’s most rigorous credentialing program.  Administered in English, the CFA curriculum and examinations are identical worldwide. Fewer than one in five candidates who begin the program successfully complete it and go on to earn the coveted CFA charter, the “gold standard” for investment professionals.

About Bryant University

Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University’s 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World ReportCollege Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.