Bridgewater State College

Bridgewater State College

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State College, BSC, is a public liberal arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It is the largest of the state's nine state colleges outside of the University of Massachusetts system. BSC has two campuses:

  • East Campus
  • West Campus

BSC is one of the few public colleges in the U.S. to have its own commuter train station (MBTA) located directly on the campus grounds. Bridgewater State's mascot is the bear which is nicknamed Bristaco Bear. The sports teams of BSC compete at the NCAA Division III Level. They are a member institution in the ECAC, MASCAC, Little East and the NEFC.

Bridgewater State College has its own student-run radio station, 91.5 WBIM FM and a newspaper called The Comment.

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Bridgewater State College
131 Summer Street
Bridgewater , MA 02325
General Phone: (508) 531-1000

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Bridgewater State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching607educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, student counseling, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling275psychology, child psychology, organizational psychology, medical psychology, communication disorders, mental health counseling, mental and social health services
Liberal Arts235area studies, area and Cultural studies, Spanish language, English, creative writing, anthropology, anthropology courses, economics, geography, ...
Business and Management228business, business management, operations management, transportation management, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, international business, MIS, ...
Security and Law Enforcement157criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminology
Media99communication studies, communication and journalism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy96parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, health and fitness, recreation and leisure studies, athletic trainer, kinesiotherapy
Family and Social Work92human services, public administration, social work
Science59biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, call and molecular biology, anatomical sciences, environmental biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses, ...
Transportation33commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Fine Arts25crafts and folk art, fine arts, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Design23graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering18computer science
Photography and Commercial Art10commercial art, photography
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Law6legal studies, pre-law
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy, ethics
Science and Laboratory Technician0science tech
Architecture and Planning0urban planning

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,41389
Master's degree41343
Postbaccalaureate certificate10119
Post-master's certificate756
Award of less than 1 academic year23

Bridgewater State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bridgewater State had a total enrollment of 9,934 students (8,372 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 76%
Graduate 24%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 26%
20-21 26%
22-24 20%
25-29 10%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

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

Rhode Island1%
New York1%
New Hampshire1%
(International Students)1%

Bridgewater State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 38 %

Bridgewater State Room and Board (2007)

Bridgewater State offers campus housing for 2,717 of its 8,372 (full-time) students.

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

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bridgewater State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460560
SAT Math470560
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT3%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Bridgewater State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,237
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,377
Room and board $ 8,930
Room charge $ 5,886
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,044
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
Bridgewater State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 218300)

Bridgewater State Faculty

Bridgewater State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4252
Non-tenured and not on tenure track68

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year59$81,32844$79,148
Associate professoracademic year45$65,30541$64,596
Assistant professoracademic year53$58,29755$57,218
Instructoracademic year2*7$51,663
All faculty totalacademic year159$68,663147$65,575

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

Bridgewater State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Football Conference
Basketball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Baseball Massachusetts State College Athletic Association
Track Massachusetts State College Athletic Association

Bridgewater State Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Organizational Behavior Studies
Transportation/Transportation Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels


Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Crafts/Craft Design, Folk Art and Artisanry
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Studies, General
Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
Anthropology, Other
Area Studies, Other
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Geography, Other
History, General
History, Other
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Environmental Biology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Physics, Other

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Developmental and Child Psychology
Health/Medical Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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