Bridgewater College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Bridgewater College
Bridgewater College. Alma mater / Wikimedia Commons

Bridgewater College Admissions Overview:

Bridgewater College is not a highly selective school; about half of those who apply are not admitted, but students with good grades and test scores around or above average are still likely to get in. The college also looks at a student's academic background, interests/activities, and writing skills before making an admissions decision. Applicants are required to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT--both tests are accepted equally, with neither preferred over the other.

Admissions Data (2016):

Bridgewater College Description:

Founded in 1880, Bridgewater College was the first coeducational college in Virginia. This liberal arts college is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren but welcomes students of all faiths. Bridgewater students come from 24 states and 5 countries. The 300-acre campus sits in the scenic Shenandoah Valley. Harrisonburg is just a few minutes away, and Charlottesville is an hour's drive. Students can choose from 63 majors and minors, and business is the most popular major. Students can expect a lot of interaction with their professors with an average class size of 20. For students interested in sports, Bridgewater College is a member of the NCAA Division III Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC).

The college fields ten men's and eleven women's Division III intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,882 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,590
  • Books: $1,150 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,920
  • Other Expenses: $2,280
  • Total Cost: $47,940

Bridgewater College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 78%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,498
    • Loans: $8,319

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Psychology.

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Field Hockey, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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