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Bridgewater College Data & Information Overview

16 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
75% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bridgewater College Ranked?

#1,327 Best Colleges in Nation
#29 Best Colleges in VA
Liberal Arts Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bridgewater College was awarded 16 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bridgewater as #1,327 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Bridgewater also holds the #29 spot on the Best Colleges in Virginia ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bridgewater?

75% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
17% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bridgewater College is 75%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Bridgewater is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 17% of students accepted to Bridgewater submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 545 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 545 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 520 to 630 )
Bridgewater received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 22 to 28 )

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Bridgewater College Faculty

13 to 1 Student to Faculty
81% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Bridgewater College, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bridgewater College is 81%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  81 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bridgewater College

68% Freshmen Retention
53% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Bridgewater College is 68%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  68 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bridgewater the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 53%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bridgewater College.

Bridgewater College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,539 Full-Time Undergraduates
31.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,552 undergraduates at Bridgewater with 1,539 being full-time and 13 being part-time.

How Much Does Bridgewater College Cost?

$20,457 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
$27,692 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bridgewater is $20,457. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bridgewater

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$16,714 $18,579 $19,772 $21,623 $23,279

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bridgewater, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Bridgewater, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,923 a year. That adds up to $27,692 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater is 4.2%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Bridgewater Graduates Make?

$48,160 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater make about $48,160 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Bridgewater students since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Bridgewater College make the most money.

Location of Bridgewater College

Virginia State
1,539 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Bridgewater College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bridgewater, Virginia. Bridgewater is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for Bridgewater are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 402 E College St, Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599
Phone: 540-828-8000

Bridgewater College Majors

30 Majors With Completions
330 Undergraduate Degrees
20 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 30 majors graduated from Bridgewater College. Of these students, 330 received undergraduate degrees and 20 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 72 $36,588
Health & Physical Education 46 $30,003
General Biology 22 $25,400
General Psychology 21 $26,753
Liberal Arts General Studies 18 $42,293
Communication & Media Studies 14 $29,542
Natural Resources Conservation 14 NA
General Family & Consumer Sciences 14 NA
Writing Studies 14 NA
General English Literature 13 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bridgewater College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Bridgewater

3% Take At Least One Class Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 47 students took at least one online class at Bridgewater College. This is an increase from the 14 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 47 0
2019-2020 14 0
2018-2019 12 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Bridgewater College.

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Notes and 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.


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