Bridgewater State University

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131 Summer Street

Bridgewater, MA 02325

Phone: (508) 531-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (North)

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Bridgewater State University is a public institution that was founded in 1840. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,684, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 278 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bridgewater State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,228 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,368 (2013-14).

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

As the comprehensive public university of Southeastern Massachusetts, Bridgewater State University has a responsibility to educate the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts and the Commonwealth, and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to support and advance the economic and cultural life of the region and the state.

Bridgewater's growing number of innovative academic programs helps to ensure that Bridgewater State University students are prepared to think critically, communicate effectively and act responsibly within a context of personal and professional ethics. For example, BSU's Academic Achievement Center, and particularly its first-year advising program, is often cited as a model for other institutions to follow. At the same time, the Adrian Tinsley Program for Undergraduate Research represents an unparalleled opportunity for students to work closely with faculty mentors and to present research and creative work at regional and national conferences.

While maintaining its historic focus on the preparation of teachers, Bridgewater State University provides a broad range of baccalaureate degree programs through its College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, College of Education and Allied Studies and its Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business. Bridgewater State University offers 32 undergraduate academic programs with 90 different areas of concentration as well as internships, research programs, study abroad and honors programs.

Bridgewater is a leader in the adoption of technology for instruction and administration. Through its extensive information technology resources, the university makes technology an integral component of teaching and learning and serves as a regional resource on technology in higher education, K-12, and government and business settings. In addition to enjoying a fully wireless campus, our students and faculty benefit from having cutting edge educational technology in all classrooms, and from extensive computer support services.
Bridgewater State University competes in NCAA Division III athletics in both men's and women's varsity sports with state-of-the-art athletic facilities.

Bridgewater State University has over 90 clubs and organizations. There are three sororities, four fraternities and one co-educational fraternity offered at BSU. Bridgewater State University Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization of students which represent the Bridgewater State University community. Through SGA, the student body can express their academic and social wants and needs.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1840
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $26,727,392


When applying to Bridgewater State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. The application fee at Bridgewater State University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 85.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bridgewater State University is 20:1, and the school has 37.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bridgewater State University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 28%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Psychology 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%

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Student Life

Bridgewater State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,684, with a gender distribution of 41.8 percent male students and 58.2 percent female students. At this school, 34.6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65.4 percent of students live off campus. Bridgewater State University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 11,417
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 State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Bridgewater State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bridgewater State University, 58 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Bridgewater State University.

Students who have cars on campus 58%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bridgewater State University, 63.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,146.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,228 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,368 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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