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Bridgewater State University Overview

Bridgewater State University is a public institution situated in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The suburban atmosphere of Bridgewater makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Bridgewater State University Known For?

2,326 Undergraduate Awards
$28,651 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Bridgewater State is the post-master's certificate.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Bridgewater State with a bachelor's degree make about $45,300 a year. That's 11% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Bridgewater State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Bridgewater State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#238 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bridgewater State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#8 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value General English Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Value History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bridgewater State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#36 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#47 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#48 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#72 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#87 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#100 Best Value Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is Bridgewater State University?

Location of Bridgewater State University

Contact details for Bridgewater State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325
Phone: 508-531-1000
Website: www.bridgew.edu
Facebook: http://www.bridgew.edu/socialmedia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BridgeStateU

How Do I Get Into Bridgewater State?

You can apply to Bridgewater State online at: www.bridgew.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply

Admission Requirements for Bridgewater State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bridgewater State?

80% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
89% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 80%, Bridgewater State may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 82%.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to Bridgewater State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 490 to 570 )
200
800
Bridgewater State received ACT scores from 4% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 18 to 24 )
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36

Can I Afford Bridgewater State University?

$28,651 Net Price
89% Take Out Loans
5.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bridgewater State is $28,651. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bridgewater State, approximately 89% of students took out student loans averaging $6,216 a year. That adds up to $24,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater State is 5.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bridgewater State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,681 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 9,463 undergraduate students at Bridgewater State, with 7,681 being full-time and 1,782 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bridgewater State

There are also 1,418 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 7,681 full-time undergraduates at Bridgewater State, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bridgewater State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bridgewater State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bridgewater State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 169
Black or African American 832
Hispanic or Latino 614
White 5,505
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 524

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Bridgewater State University. At this time, 14 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 43 countries are represented at Bridgewater State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Cape Verde, India, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Bridgewater State University

333 Took All Classes Online
3,434 Took At Least One Class Online
18.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,434 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Bridgewater State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 58th most popular in Massachusetts for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Bridgewater State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Bridgewater State University was 18.4%. This is the #956 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Bridgewater State regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Bridgewater State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Bridgewater State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Educational Administration #83
Education #223

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Bridgewater State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
General Psychology 0 326 0 0 326
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 221 39 41 301
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 214 0 16 230
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 176 1 41 218
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 169 0 0 169
Communication & Media Studies 0 152 0 0 152
Social Work 0 66 0 72 138
Accounting 4 105 0 22 131
General English Literature 0 123 0 7 130
Special Education 0 31 0 96 127
History 0 97 0 0 97
General Biology 0 87 0 0 87
Marketing 0 79 0 0 79
Fine & Studio Arts 0 64 0 0 64
Communication Sciences 0 43 0 15 58
Mathematics 0 56 0 0 56
Sociology 0 48 0 0 48
Air Transportation 0 37 0 0 37
Computer Science 0 26 0 10 36
Educational Administration 0 0 21 15 36
Student Counseling 0 0 0 33 33
Economics 0 31 0 0 31
Teaching English or French 8 0 0 18 26
Political Science & Government 0 24 0 0 24
Allied Health Professions 0 15 0 6 21
Chemistry 0 18 0 0 18
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 17 0 0 17
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 15 15
Anthropology 0 15 0 0 15
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 14 14
Physics 0 14 0 0 14
Romance Languages 0 12 0 0 12
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 12 12
Geography & Cartography 0 12 0 0 12
Public Administration 1 0 0 10 11
Dance 0 7 0 0 7
Ethnic Studies 6 0 0 0 6
Philosophy 0 6 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 6
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 5 0 0 5
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 3 3
Public Health 0 2 0 0 2
Music 0 2 0 0 2
General Business/Commerce 1 0 0 0 1
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 20 2,306 61 446 2,833

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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