Bridgewater State University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Massachusetts


Bridgewater State University is a rapidly growing public university located in Southeastern Massachusetts midway between Boston and Cape Cod. The campus has its own MBTA commuter train station. Founded in 1840, the university was originally a normal school for training teachers. Today teaching remains a popular field of study, but the university offers over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs through five colleges. Psychology, criminal justice, and business are all popular at the undergraduate level. The school's name was changed from Bridgewater State College in 2010. For students interested in intercollegiate athletics, the Bridgewater State Bears compete in the NCAA Division III Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) for most sports. The university fields nine men's and ten women's Division III sports.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Business Administration, Communications, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, History, Management, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 10269
Total Grad Students: 941
Undergraduate Students: 9328
Faculty: 306

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 34:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 30:1

Percent Male: 41%
Percent Female: 59%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 25%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Bridgewater Massachusetts 2325


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Main Phone: 508-531-1000

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
To be eligible for admission, transfer students must have earned one of the following: 12 or more transferable college credits and a 2.5 college grade point average or 24 transferable college credits and a 2.0 grade point average. Please note that these are merely minimum grade point averages and do not guarantee admission.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
A minimum grade of C- is necessary for the transfer of credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution is 69 and from a four-year institution is 90. You must earn 30 credits in residence at Bridgewater to receive a bachelor's degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
Transfer candidates that do not meet the minimum GPA requirements are required to submit their standardized test scores..

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Essay(s) required:
An essay on one of two topics is required on the application.

Application Fee:
There is a $40 application fee.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 24
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 550
Math 470 560

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 1812

Transfers Accepted: 1684

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 93%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 66%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 27%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 3400

Room and Board: 10400

Tuition and Fees: 13692

Total Cost: 28492

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 7552

Total Cost – In-State: 22352

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Our mission is to ensure access for all who desire to pursue higher education. Financial aid award packages may consist of a combination of resources such as grant, scholarship, tuition waiver, work-study and loans.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 8590

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 75%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 68%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 75%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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