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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Bridgewater is a private, Christian college located in Bridgewater, Virginia. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,876 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Bridgewater acceptance rate is 52%. Popular majors include Business, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, and Biology. Graduating 61% of students, Bridgewater alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,600.
About Bridgewater College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Bridgewater College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
52%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$19,957/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,228/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,679/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,242/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,765/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,533/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
31%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,876Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
27%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Focused but involved
    50%
  • Open
    27%
  • Weird
    9%
  • Close minded
    5%
  • Open minded, everyone's opinion is important
    5%
  • Stuck up
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
79%
of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.43 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Community based
    39%
  • Close-knit and quirky, but fun!
    33%
  • Home, Bridgewater became more than just a college.
    17%
  • Underrated
    11%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
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The faculty, staff, and students are very nice and welcoming! It's an absolutely beautiful campus with a heavy focus into the academics taught by staff who have worked in the field of study they're teaching and/or currently working. It can be a bit boring during the weekends, but Harrisonburg is only a 15 minute drive away where there's loads to do.
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Bridgewater is a fantastic place to spend the most important years of your life. Student life does an excellent job of setting up events and getting all students involved. There are so many programs and clubs to join throughout this very diverse college. Professors bend over backwards to make sure you are prepared for the future and reach your goals! A prestigious college with high academics where the community gives everything to make the college a better place!
Bridgewater College is an excellent small school with a friendly community and amazing professors. Bridgewater offers many scholarships to make school affordable as well as on campus jobs to make additional money. There are a variety of majors to chose from, small class sizes, and the opportunity to make connections with professors and staff members.