Bryant And Stratton College Auto Mechanics Review

Deciding on what college is right for you is one of the toughest decisions you may be faced with. There are several things to consider and often you are under time limitations when making this decision. In this article, we will review Bryant and Stratton College. We will take a closer look at this school's programs, courses of study, tuition, and student satisfaction. We will also compare this college to some similar colleges to see how it compares.

Ultimately factors such as cost, location, and programs offered may be the most important factors in this decision. However, it is important that you select a school that offers the program you are interested in or offers some of the programs you are interested in if you aren't yet sure what course of study you would like to pursue. Also, it is important to select a school that fits you personally if you are going to study on campus or one that offers the courses you want in an online method if you prefer.

Let's take a look at Bryant and Stratton College.

Bryant and Stratton College

Bryant and Stratton College is a private co-ed college founded in 1854 that operates a total of 19 campuses in New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Also, Bryant and Stratton College offers several programs online. Bryant and Stratton College mainly offers two-year associate degree programs at all campuses and online and offers some four-year bachelor degree programs at selected campuses. The main campus is located Buffalo, New York and, currently, nearly 14,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at all campuses and online.

Originally, Bryant and Stratton College was established as a business institute and now is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is recognized by the New York State Board of Regents.  Bryant and Stratton College offers degree and certification programs in; Education, Healthcare, Design, Human and Legal Studies, Business, and Technology. The college offers 22 separate associate degree programs and 7 bachelor degree programs along with several certificate programs.

Intercollegiate athletics affiliated with the National Junior College Athletics Association is offered in several men's and women's sports at 7 campuses.  

Programs of Study

Bryant and Stratton College offers both associate and bachelor degree programs in a total of 29 fields at 19 separate campuses and through online course delivery. Also, Bryant and Stratton College offers 15 diploma track programs that prepare candidates for entry-level jobs in; Business, Healthcare, Education, Legal Services, and Technology. These diploma track programs range from 24 to 36 credit hours of required coursework and can be used for credit towards a degree program.

Associate degrees are offered in programs of study such as; Accounting, Business, Hotel Management, Office Management, Graphic Design, Nursing, Medical Assistant, Medical Coding, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Criminal Justice Studies, Paralegal Studies, and Networking Technology as well as many more. Bachelor Degree programs are offered in; Accounting, General Management, Digital Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Health Services Administration, Nursing Generalist, and BSN in Nursing. The Bachelor degree programs are offered at selected campuses and some are also available online.

Tuition/Pricing

Tuition and fees at Bryant and Stratton College are right around $9,000 per semester for a full-time student. The per hour rate is roughly $600 per credit hour for students that are enrolled less than half time. Scholarships and financial aid are available for those that qualify.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Erie Community College
  • Universal Technical Institute
  • Monroe Community College
  • Bryant and Stratton College

Bryant and Stratton College

Tuition

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  Bryant and Stratton College tuition is approximately $9,000 per semester or about $600 per credit hour.

Programs Offered 

Several programs are offered in fields including Business, Healthcare, and Education. However, the bachelor degree programs are somewhat limited and the associate degree offerings are also less than most community or junior colleges.

Auto Mechanics Program

Bryant and Stratton College does not offer an auto mechanics program.

Location 

With 19 campuses in four states and online course programs, Bryant and Stratton College is accessible for almost anyone.

Overall Student Satisfaction

Several past and present students give poor ratings to this school in terms of program quality, faculty, and staff quality. Overall student satisfaction is relatively low.

Pros

  • 19 campuses in 4 states
  • Online programs available
  • BSN program

Cons

  • Relatively expensive for what is essentially a two-year college
  • Programs of study are relatively limited
  • Low student satisfaction

Erie Community College

Erie Community College north campus

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Erie Community College is a part of the State University of New York system which operates a total of 64 campuses in New York state. Erie Community College operates a total of three campuses in western New York and serves approximately 14,000 undergraduate students. Several associate and certificate programs are offered in 21 different fields. Associate degree programs are offered in Automotive Technology and Auto body repair.

The Automotive Technology program offers a Ford Asset option and a Mopar Cap option. These options including working at a Ford or Chrysler dealership service department as part of the course of study while earning money. The money earned by working is used to offset tuition for the program. Upon completion, the student will receive an associate degree from Erie Community College but an industry certification from either Ford or Chrysler. 

Tuition

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Erie Community College tuition is around $5,500 per academic year. This tuition rate is very reasonable for a two-year college in this region of the United States.

Programs Offered 

A wide variety of degree and certificate programs are offered. However, the online course offerings are rather limited at this time.

Auto Mechanics Program  

With programs in Automotive Technology and Auto Body Repair, Erie Community College offers a comprehensive program of study for those interested in a career in auto mechanics.

Location 

Erie Community College operates three campuses that serve western New York State.

Overall Student Satisfaction

Several students rate their level of satisfaction as being high with Erie Community College

Pros

  • A wide variety of degree and certificate programs
  • Three campuses
  • Comprehensive auto mechanic program

Cons

  • Online courses are rather limited

Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute is a for-profit college specializing in automotive mechanics and repair. UTI operates 12 campuses across the United States and currently has an enrollment of just over 10,000 students. UTI offers programs in Automotive Technology, Diesel and Industrial Technology, and Collision Repair. Also, UTI offers programs at three different schools: Nascar Technical Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute, and the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute.

These schools prepare students for careers with Nascar or in another racing affiliation, with several boat and marine companies, and with several motorcycle companies or repair shops specializing in motorcycle repair. Also, UTI has direct relationships with several automotive, diesel, and marine manufacturers such as; Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Cummins, and Harley-Davidson. These affiliations help graduates find careers with one of these companies in some cases.

Tuition

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UTI's tuition and fees for one year are approximately $16,000 making it rather expensive for a trade school that does not grant degrees.

Programs Offered 

UTI's programs are comprehensive enough in that its students will be able to find a course a program that suits them in terms of auto or marine repair and technology.

Auto Mechanics Program

UTI specializes in auto mechanics and is essentially an auto mechanic trade school. However, UTI does have relationships with several automotive and marine manufacturers that can be of benefit to its students.

Location 

12 separate campuses are operated across the United States.

Overall Student Satisfaction

While UTI claims a nearly 80% job placement rate, student satisfaction is mixed with most negative comments being in relation to the expense of the program related to the income that an entry-level auto technician can potentially earn.

Pros

  • Corporate relationships
  • Specializes in auto mechanics
  • 12 campuses across the United States

Cons

  • Cost
  • Programs have seen a rapid decline in popularity recently

Monroe Community College

magnificent building of Monroe Community College

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Monroe Community College is a two-year college that is part of the State University System of New York. Monroe CC operates two campuses in New York and serves almost 13,000 students. Monroe CC offers a total of 83 degree and certificate programs across several fields including; Healthcare, education, Business, and Technology.

Monroe CC offers a certificate program in Automotive Technology that prepares students for careers in fields such as automotive specialty technician, maintenance and repair worker, tire repairer and technician, and light-duty passenger vehicle technician. Also, the college has partnerships with local dealerships and repair shops that help students get hands-on practice and experience applying the skills they learn in the classroom. The Automotive Technology program is a six-semester program that does not lead to a degree. 

Tuition

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Tuition and fees for a full-time student at Monroe Community College are right around $2,200 per semester.

Programs Offered 

Several associate and certificate programs are available in a wide variety of fields.

Auto Mechanics Program

The Auto Technology program at Monroe CC is a six-semester program that does not lead to a degree but instead a certificate. This program also gives students the opportunity to work at a few local dealerships or repair shops that are affiliated with the program.

Location 

Monroe CC operates two campuses in New York that serves nearly 13,000 students. However, online course and program offerings are rather limited.

Overall Student Satisfaction

Most Students report being satisfied with their experience at Monroe CC. A wide variety of course offerings, as well as very reasonable tuition prices, are at the top of the list as to this college's best attributes.

Pros

  • 83 separate programs of study
  • Low tuition
  • Comprehensive auto technology program

Cons

  • Online offerings are limited

Conclusion

For those that are struggling with the decision of which college to select can rest assured they are not alone. Selecting a college or technical school is a very difficult decision that many are not truly ready for especially at 17 or 18 years of age. However, times have changed over the past decade and now most high school students are advised to select their desired occupation and then match it with the necessary training rather than pushing the need to attend a traditional four-year college.

Once you have selected an occupation, then choosing the school that best suits you is a much easier task. For many occupations, a four-year degree will not be necessary and therefore education can be completed in a much more timely manner and for much less in terms of cost. Choosing the right college for most will have a lot to do with the school's reputation, its location, and its tuition and fees, which is why it is important to do some research and get information from as many different sources as possible. This will help you paint a more complete picture of a particular school for your consideration.

In this article, we reviewed Bryant and Stratton College. Bryant and Stratton College is a for-profit college that mostly offers two-year programs with a few selected bachelor degree programs offered as well. Bryant and Stratton College offers 19 campuses in four states as well as several online programs. However, tuition is relatively high, program offerings are somewhat limited, and student satisfaction is not very high. Also, Bryant and Stratton does not offer a program in auto mechanics.

Therefore, it is best to look at a local community college or junior college if you are considering a career in auto mechanics as these types of schools typically have the most program variety and the lowest cost of attendance. However, if you are a business or nursing student Bryant and Stratton College may be worth a closer look.

Overall rating for Bryant and Stratton College      ** (2/5 stars)