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Bridgewater College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Bridgewater College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bridgewater College Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Bridgewater College was awarded 9 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bridgewater as #845 out of 1,727 colleges and universities in the country on its 2020 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?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bridgewater College is a competitive 52%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 90% 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 500 and 600. Math scores were between 470 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 470 to 570 )
Bridgewater received ACT scores from 25% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 18 to 25 )

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Bridgewater College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bridgewater College is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bridgewater College is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bridgewater College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Bridgewater College has a freshmen retention rate of 75%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  75 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bridgewater for first-time, full-time students is 48%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Bridgewater

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,882 undergraduates at Bridgewater with 1,876 being full-time and 6 being part-time.

Bridgewater Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Bridgewater is 65.06 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  65.06 out of 100
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How Much Does Bridgewater College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bridgewater is $19,538. 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 +
$16,228 $17,679 $17,242 $19,765 $23,533

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bridgewater, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $7,680 a year. That adds up to $30,720 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater is 6.0%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater make about $42,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Bridgewater College make the most money.

Location of Bridgewater College

Located in Bridgewater, Virginia, Bridgewater College is a private not-for-profit institution. Bridgewater is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Bridgewater College

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 93 $35,300
Health & Physical Education 38 $27,100
Liberal Arts General Studies 28 $40,900
General Biology 25 $25,500
General Psychology 20 $29,700
Political Science & Government 18 NA
History 18 $28,100
Communication & Media Studies 16 $29,600
General English Literature 14 NA
Sociology 14 NA

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

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