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Bridgewater College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Bridgewater College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Bridgewater College Ranked?

2022 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 70 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

Bridgewater is ranked #970 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

Bridgewater is also ranked #26 out of 73 schools in Virginia.

See all of the rankings for Bridgewater College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Bridgewater?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bridgewater College is 76%. 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 83% 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 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 490 to 580 )
Bridgewater received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater College  ( 17 to 27 )

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Bridgewater College Faculty

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 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bridgewater College

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 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 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 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

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

Bridgewater College Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of Bridgewater is $17,929. 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 +
$14,220 $14,634 $16,843 $19,249 $22,003

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 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,980 a year. That adds up to $27,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater is 5.3%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bridgewater make around $42,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Bridgewater College make the most money.

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Location of Bridgewater College

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 30 majors graduated from Bridgewater College. Of these students, 416 received undergraduate degrees and 23 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 76 $36,745
Health & Physical Education 50 $33,993
General Biology 32 $23,869
General Psychology 30 $30,771
Communication & Media Studies 24 $28,960
History 19 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 19 NA
General Family & Consumer Sciences 16 $25,194
Liberal Arts General Studies 16 $42,402
Natural Resources Conservation 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

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 2019-2020, 14 students took at least one online class at Bridgewater College. This is an increase from the 12 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 14 0
2018-2019 12 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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