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Bridgewater College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,648, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Bridgewater College's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $28,000 (2012-13).
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Learning at Bridgewater reaches far beyond the classroom...and far beyond the academic. Students develop not only intellectually, but also socially and ethically. Grounded in the liberal arts, students at Bridgewater College learn about a variety of disciplines, enabling them to become articulate, analytical and assertive. They collaborate with faculty to create personalized and unique learning experiences. As a result, students realize their full potential, as illustrated by a current student with a national book deal, students who recently produced a documentary to be distributed nationally, and the College's nationally competitive equestrian program.
Bridgewater students have: collaborated with professors on a textbook and curriculum on substance abuse; performed undergraduate research in the lab and in the fields and streams of the Shenandoah Valley; biked across the country building homes for those in need; formed a campus environmental task force; assisting a poverty outreach center in the local community; excelled in nationwide competitions in business and computer science; and performing at a prestigious theater festival.
International study opportunities and global perspectives on campus encourage students to consider new ideas through the diverse array of cultures, interests and beliefs in both the campus community and the broader world.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Church of the Brethren|
When applying to Bridgewater College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at Bridgewater College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||51.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||April 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Bridgewater College is 14:1, and the school has 54.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bridgewater College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies; Mass Communication/Media Studies; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.2 percent.
Bridgewater College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,648, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. At this school, 85.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 15.0 percent of students live off campus. Bridgewater College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Bridgewater College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bridgewater College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bridgewater College, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bridgewater College.
|Students who have cars on campus||88%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Bridgewater College, 82.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,707.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$28,000 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$10,350 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data