Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA

Bridgewater, founded in 1880, is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Its 190-acre campus is located in Bridgewater, 20 miles from Staunton.

Website: www.bridgewater.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,839
Undergraduate
Students
(55.5%) 1,021 Women
(44.5%) 818 Men
18
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
66% of 6,360 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.49
SAT Math
490-570 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
548 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
22 average
18-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$53,000
Tuition and Fees
$36,600
Room and Board
$12,970
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Freshman Award
$35,504
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$33,744
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
116
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Bridgewater Population
5,774
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
82% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Eagle
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
16.7% Black/African-American
7.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.8% White
3.1% Unknown
International Students
1.6% from 22 countries
First-Year Students Returning
68.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
58.3%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 3  
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives 4  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required April 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted April 15
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
402 East College Street
City, State, Zip
Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599
Phone
(540) 828-5375
Fax
(540) 828-5481
E-mail
admissions@bridgewater.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
66% of 6,360 applicants were admitted
Women
67% of 4,049 applicants were admitted
Men
65% of 2,311 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
599 (14%) of 4,203 admitted students enrolled
Women
365 (14%) of 2,696 admitted students enrolled
Men
309 (21%) of 1,507 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
47
Students Accepting Wait List Position
11
Students Admitted From Wait List
1

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.49
3.75 and Above
35%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
13%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
490-570 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
15%
Score of 500 - 600
54%
Score of 400 - 500
27%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
548 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
22%
Score of 500 - 600
48%
Score of 400 - 500
25%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
22 average
18-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
10%
Score of 24 - 29
24%
Score of 18 - 23
48%
Score of 12 - 17
18%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 14%
Top quarter: 38%
Top half: 72%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
5%

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$53,000
Tuition and Fees
$36,600
Room and Board
$12,970
Books and Supplies
$1,150
Other Expenses
$2,280
Payment Plans
 

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003704
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
561 (94.8%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
515 (90.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
515 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
153 (22.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
88%
Average Award
$35,504
Need-Based Gift
Received by 515 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,686
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 377 (74.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,851
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 515 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
73 (14.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $24,025

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,639 (89.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,518 (92.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,518 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
397 (26.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
85%
Average Award
$32,671
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,516 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,398
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,117 (73.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,501
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,515 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
309 (18.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $21,457

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
78%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$33,744
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
25.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
9.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
1,729
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Music
Number of Awards
45
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Educators, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
965
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,438
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Human Nutrition
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Writing, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Social sciences, Parks and recreation
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, 3-2 athletic training (internal); 4-1 digital media strategy (internal); 3-4 Veterinary Science with Virginia Tech
Special Programs
Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
116
Part-Time Faculty
53
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
57%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 53% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 19% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
130,032
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
135
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Bridgewater Population
5,774
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
300 acres

Weather

Temperature
25.7 average low in January, 85.1 average high in September
Rain
119 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Harrisonburg
Nearest Train Station
20 mile(s) from campus in Staunton

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
82% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
18%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
emergency alert system

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Eagle
School Colors
Crimson and vegas gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
cheerleading, equestrian sports
Men's Club Sports
cheerleading, equestrian sports, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, football, golf, racquetball, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, eagle productions (program board), physics club, active minds, bc allies
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,839
Women
1,021 (55.5%)
Men
818 (44.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,832
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
16.7% Black/African-American
7.0% Hispanic/Latino
5.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.8% White
3.1% Unknown
International Students.
1.6% from 22 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
18

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
68.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
58.3%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
63.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
61.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
42%
Average Starting Salary
42%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
16.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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