A History of Bryan University

Serving Students for More Than 83 Years 

Bryan University was established in 1940 by Dr. Mildred T. Bryan, a visionary who dedicated her career to advancing the court reporting industry by training qualified stenographers to be the best they could be. Dr. Bryan welcomed her first three students into her living room, which served as the initial classroom for the institution, originally named Bryan Stenotype School. Over time, with a committed focus on student- and employer-driven principles of excellence, Dr. Bryan succeeded in creating a strong brand image in the legal industry. 

In recent years, Bryan University has taken its unique approach to education to online learning, eliminating geographical barriers for individuals interested in pursuing higher-learning and career-related dreams. This prompted the opening of Bryan University Online headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, where a combination of learning science and technologies are used to enhance and improve the educational experience for a growing student body. Throughout that growth, the University continues its mission of providing a personalized education for all students, instilling in them the skills they need to succeed from day one on the job. 

The University is nationally accredited by the Accredited Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The private, 82-year-old institution’s mission is to liberate the innate greatness in people by providing all students, regardless of their background, a pathway to achieve their dreams. Bryan University believes online learning can be a preferred educational experience, and through a series of research-based strategies is continually improving the way students learn online. The University’s innovative, problem-solving initiatives are student-outcome oriented. 

Bryan University will continue to push the boundaries of traditional learning further, broadening its scope to reach more students as it explores emerging technologies. Even more importantly, the University remains committed to designing programs that align to professions within applicable industries, and training students to be prepared for those select professions. In doing so, Bryan University continues its legacy of helping people achieve their career goals.