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Bridgewater State University Data & Information Overview

443 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
86% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Bridgewater State University Ranked?

#529 Best Colleges in Nation
#26 Best Colleges in MA
Teacher Education Grade Specific Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Bridgewater State University was awarded 443 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

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Overall Quality

Bridgewater State is ranked #529 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bridgewater State held the #903 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bridgewater State also holds the #26 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bridgewater State?

86% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
18% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Bridgewater State University has an acceptance rate of 86%, so it is easier to gain admission to this school than some others. Still, the admissions staff will examine your application closely to make sure you're a good fit for Bridgewater State.

Average Test Scores

About 18% of students accepted to Bridgewater State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 500 to 590 )
Bridgewater State received ACT scores from 1% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 19 to 28 )

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Bridgewater State University Faculty

19 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Bridgewater State University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bridgewater State University is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bridgewater State University

79% Freshmen Retention
37% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Bridgewater State University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. 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  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Bridgewater State this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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Bridgewater State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

7,133 Full-Time Undergraduates
25.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,028 undergraduates at Bridgewater State with 7,133 being full-time and 1,895 being part-time.

How Much Does Bridgewater State University Cost?

$18,951 Net Price
83% Take Out Loans
$22,176 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Bridgewater State is $18,951. 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 State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,252 $15,498 $18,485 $21,626 $23,059

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 State, 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 State, approximately 83% of students took out student loans averaging $5,544 a year. That adds up to $22,176 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater State is 5.6%. 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 State Graduates Make?

$52,093 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 State make about $52,093 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Bridgewater State students since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Bridgewater State University

Massachusetts State
7,133 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Bridgewater State University is a public institution located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bridgewater is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Bridgewater State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325
Phone: 508-531-1000

Bridgewater State University Majors

42 Majors With Completions
2,681 Undergraduate Degrees
697 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Bridgewater State University. Of these students, 2,681 received undergraduate degrees and 697 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
Accounting 361 $44,074
Criminal Justice & Corrections 345 $36,273
General Psychology 345 $33,990
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 184 $42,273
Teacher Education Subject Specific 171 $33,863
Communication & Media Studies 153 $33,791
Teacher Education Grade Specific 149 $36,336
Marketing 99 NA
General Biology 91 $36,843
Fine & Studio Arts 82 $34,835

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

Online Learning at Bridgewater State

44% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 4,396 students took at least one online class at Bridgewater State University. This is an increase from the 4,364 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 4,396 817
2019-2020 4,364 348
2018-2019 3,777 436
2017-2018 3,434 333
2016-2017 3,012 242

Learn more about online learning at Bridgewater State University.

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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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