Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater, founded in 1840, is a public college of liberal arts and professional studies. Its 235-acre campus is located 28 miles south of Boston.

Website: www.bridgew.edu/

Public
Co-ed
9,558
Undergraduate
Students
(58.8%) 5,617 Women
(41.2%) 3,941 Men
1,461
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
80% of 6,343 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.13
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
22 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,756
Out-of-state: $32,896
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,312
Out-of-state: $16,452
Room and Board
$13,000
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Freshman Award
$8,523
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$28,680
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
357
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 42% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Bridgewater Population
7,841
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bears
Sororities
6% of women participate
Fraternities
4% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.0% Asian
11.2% Black/African-American
7.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.0% White
1.2% Unknown
International Students
0.4% from 32 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
32.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
19.0%
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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 required

High School Units Required or Recommended

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

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT    
SAT Only Recommended Not reported
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
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
131 Summer Street
City, State, Zip
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Phone
(508) 531-1237
Fax
(508) 531-1707
E-mail
admission@bridgew.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins April 15
Accept Offer of Admission
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
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
Recommended for all freshmen
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
80% of 6,343 applicants were admitted
Women
82% of 3,643 applicants were admitted
Men
78% of 2,700 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,815 (36%) of 5,097 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,015 (34%) of 3,003 admitted students enrolled
Men
800 (38%) of 2,094 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
92% of 2205 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
0
Students Accepting Wait List Position
0
Students Admitted From Wait List
0

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.13
3.75 and Above
12%
3.50 - 3.74
10%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
31%
2.00 - 2.49
10%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
13%
Score of 500 - 600
57%
Score of 400 - 500
26%
Score of 300 - 400
3%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
1%
Score of 600 - 700
20%
Score of 500 - 600
52%
Score of 400 - 500
26%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
22 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
3%
Score of 24 - 29
27%
Score of 18 - 23
55%
Score of 12 - 17
15%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,756
Out-of-state: $32,896
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,312
Out-of-state: $16,452
Room and Board
$13,000
Books and Supplies
$800
Other Expenses
$2,644
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@bridgew.edu
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 April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002183
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,319 (95.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,056 (80.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,048 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
115 (11.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Award
$8,523
Need-Based Gift
Received by 871 (83.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,095
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 995 (94.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,431
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 180 (17.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2 (.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $5,322

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
7,044 (90.4%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
5,468 (77.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
5,426 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
765 (14.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
Not reported
Average Award
$8,148
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,058 (74.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,669
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,150 (94.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,878
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 889 (16.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
17 (.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,266

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
77%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$28,680
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

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

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
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
Local/State Students, Members of Minorities
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,580
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • American Government and Politics (United States)
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Archeology
  • Area Studies, Other
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Science
  • Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Biology
  • Ethics
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Geochemistry
  • Geography
  • Geography, Other
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Health/Medical Psychology
  • History, General
  • History, Other
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Kinesiotherapy/Kinesiotherapist
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Science Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Transportation/Mobility Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Education, Business/marketing, Psychology
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
357
Part-Time Faculty
414
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
44%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 42% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 58% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 0% 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
400,975
Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
780
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Management

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Art Education
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Finance and Banking
  • Health Promotion
  • Mathematics Education
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Social Work
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Boston Population
7,841
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
278 acres

Weather

Temperature
17.6 average low in January, 75.1 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Bridgewater
Nearest Train Station
Bridgewater

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
42% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
58%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bears
School Colors
Crimson and white

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

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, dance company, african american society (afro-am), program committee, panhellenic association, inter-fraternity council
Sororities
6% of women participate
Fraternities
4% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
9,558
Women
5,617 (58.8%)
Men
3,941 (41.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
7,858
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.0% Asian
11.2% Black/African-American
7.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.0% White
1.2% Unknown
International Students.
0.4% from 32 countries
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
1,461

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
32.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
53%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
58.7%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Average Starting Salary
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
19.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Law 2%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 1%
Education 5%

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