Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College, BC, is a private, four-year, co-educational college in Bridgewater, Virginia that was established in 1880. It was Virginia's first co-educational college. BC, which has a sprawling campus of 190 acres, offers undergraduate programs in subjects like art, science, business, and humanities. Pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, and other fields of study are also available.

Bridgewater College participates in the NCAA Division III and is affiliated with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Students participate in sports like baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, riding, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The nickname for BC athletics teams is the Eagles. The college also has more than seven Greek clubs and students can choose from more than seventy organizations including Flawless Hip-Hop Dance Team, the Mass Communications Organization, the Forensics Union, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Civil War Club, and the Multicultural Leadership Program.

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Bridgewater College
402 E College St
Bridgewater , VA 22812-1599
General Phone: (540) 828-8000

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Bridgewater Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management77business management, MIS
Science47biology, physical sciences, chemistry, physics, physics courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy46health and physical education, exercise science, athletic trainer
Liberal Arts43French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, history, ...
Media37mass communication
Education and Teaching35special ed, elementary school teaching, English teaching, family/home economics teaching, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social science teaching, Spanish teaching ...
Family and Social Work24family and consumer science, food and nutrition
Therapy and Counseling23psychology
Fine Arts14fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering8computer science
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy and religious studies
Music6music history and theory
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental science
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Bridgewater in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37740

Bridgewater Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bridgewater had a total enrollment of 1,541 students (1,517 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 47%
20-21 42%
22-24 8%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

West Virginia1%

Bridgewater Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 76 %

Bridgewater Room and Board (2007)

Bridgewater offers campus housing for 1,353 of its 1,517 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bridgewater, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Bridgewater Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460570
SAT Math460570
ACT Verbal1823
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bridgewater Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,090
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,090
Room and board $ 9,900
Room charge $ 4,960
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,940
Books and supplies $ 1,050
Other expenses $ 1,760

Financial Aid:
Bridgewater participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 370400)

Bridgewater Faculty

Bridgewater has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2115
Non-tenured and not on tenure track46

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year15$68,6116$62,882
Associate professoracademic year20$56,7706$54,719
Assistant professoracademic year22$49,68916$49,437
Instructoracademic year2*5$40,492
All faculty totalacademic year59$56,65533$51,487

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bridgewater Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Basketball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Baseball Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Track Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Bridgewater Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music History, Literature, and Theory

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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