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Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater State University is a public liberal-arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Spread across 278 acres in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Bridgewater State University is the place that 11,089 students call home. With an average class size of just 20 students, every course is guaranteed to foster fulfilling experiences. Bridgewater offers a broad range of academic opportunities, each of which challenges students to think critically, communicate effectively, and act responsibly with personal and professional ethics. Bridgewater is the tenth largest four-year university in Massachusetts, thriving with an active student life that spans across over 95 clubs and organizations. Its alumni network is just as expansive, amounting to more than 50,000 proud citizen-scholars around the world. Bridgewater also utilizes Connect—a regional partnership with other public higher education institutions—to introduce a diverse array of shared activities and programs for everyone to enjoy.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
9,608 undergraduate students
83% of undergrad students are full time
41% male — 59% female
4% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
335 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Retention Fall 2015

79% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

58% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 9%
White 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%

A Place for More than Learning

While learning in classrooms is an integral part of the college experience, Bridgewater State University goes the extra mile by giving students the opportunity to participate in its Undergraduate Research Program. This program pairs students with a faculty mentors in order to make original, intellectual, or otherwise creative contributions to their respective field. Not only does this create fantastic résumé material, but it can also help students stand out as professionals and gain deeper knowledge within their chosen disciplines. This research can manifest in many forms: through assistance with professors’ projects, as an extension of a class project beyond traditional projects, as capstones or senior projects, or even as grant-funded summer experiences. These projects often culminate in impressive, original presentations at campus symposia.

An All-Encompassing Curriculum

Bridgewater State University’s Core Curriculum is designed to be skill-centered and outcome-based, offering a wide range of courses that allows students to shape their education in a way that best supplements their specific fields of study. Bridgewater’s liberal arts education trains responsible, flexible world citizens who have the conceptual frameworks and methodologies to tackle any of life’s challenges. Students demonstrate a strong proficiency in writing, logical reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and communication. Additionally, students also explore the arts and humanities, a broad variety of cultural perspectives, quantitative skills, government, and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences.

Living Alongside Peers

Bridgewater State University makes meeting like-minded individuals easy through its Residential Learning Community Program. The objective of the RLC Program is to match students’ academic goals with their co-curricular interests, all while fostering new friendships that make the college experience the best it can be. Some first-year communities include Leadership, Science & Math, Service-Based Learning, Women in Science and Math, and Lavender (Bridgewater’s LGBTQIA+ community). After their first year of living and learning in these communities, they then have the opportunity to such upper-class RLCs as Honors, Social Justice, and the culturally rich Global Village.

Helping Others While Learning

Bridgewater State is committed to providing students with opportunities to interweave meaningful teaching and learning experiences with community service. Service-learning opportunities are integrated into specific courses as well as individual course assignments, allowing students to utilize the tools they’ve acquired in the classroom to address real-world problems. Students can use these opportunities to reflect on how their service-learning teaches civic responsibility, collaborative work, and problem solving skills.


Admissions Fall 2015

5,868 Total Applicants 
4,736 Total Admissions 
1,528 Total Freshman Enrollment

80.71% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 550
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $910 $7,050
Fees $7,993 $7,993
Total $8,903 $15,043
Room and Board (on campus) $11,700 $11,700
Room Only $7,700 $7,700
Board Only $4,000 $4,000
Estimated Total On Campus $20,603 $26,743 


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

80% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
69% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$5,409 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,083 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates