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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  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+
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812
From Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880. Located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of 1,800 students and offers more than 60 majors and minors, along with several master’s degree programs.

The student experience at Bridgewater is shaped and defined by connections—between students faculty, alumni, and community members—and with new ideas and the wider world. Bridgewater’s commitment to building connections for life allows students more opportunities to flourish than they might have elsewhere—more opportunities to participate in sports, music, clubs and organizations; to exercise leadership; and to develop and achieve their potential as they are mentored by the teacher-scholars that make up the faculty.

With 80 clubs and organizations, everyone has an opportunity to be involved on campus, and almost a third of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level.


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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

Application Deadline
May 1
Acceptance Rate
52%
SAT Range
970-1170
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,160/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
30%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Athletic Training at Bridgewater College

Do you see yourself as an athletic trainer? Get ready for a rigorous, but rewarding, program that will prepare you for the future. BC has one of the top athletic training programs in the country. After two additional years, you can also have a Master of Science in Athletic Training! 95% of BC’s athletic training students have a first-time pass rate on the national certification exam.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,876Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
6
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 23 responses
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  • Focused but involved
    48%
  • Open
    26%
  • Close minded
    9%
  • Weird
    9%
  • Open minded, everyone's opinion is important
    4%
  • Stuck up
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
80%
of students say they don't have Greek life.35 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.44 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Community based
    37%
  • Close-knit and quirky, but fun!
    32%
  • Home, Bridgewater became more than just a college.
    16%
  • Underrated
    11%
  • Fake
    5%

    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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    Bridgewater College Reviews

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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!
    Overall Bridgewater is a great small college. Everyone there is super friendly, the food is decent, the campus is well kept, and professors are very helpful! I did not want to go, and am so glad that I did not let my fears get the best of me.