Bridgewater College

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402 E. College Street

Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599

Phone: (540) 828-8000
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bridgewater College is a private institution that was founded in 1880. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,760, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $29,090 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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. Bridgewater students have: 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; participated in medical mission trips; excelled in nationwide competitions in business and computer science; and promoted local, sustainable food sources by planting spinach to serve in the dining hall. 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.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1880
Religious affiliation Church of the Brethren
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $62,670,740


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 54.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bridgewater College is 15:1, and the school has 49.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bridgewater College include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; Psychology, General; and History, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 49%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 12%
Business Administration and Management, General 12%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 11%
Psychology, General 8%
History, Other 6%

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Student Life

Bridgewater College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,760, with a gender distribution of 44.1 percent male students and 55.9 percent female students. At this school, 84 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 16 percent of students live off campus. Bridgewater College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,760
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Bridgewater College, 83.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,482.

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Tuition and fees $29,090 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,790 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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