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Bridgewater State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Bridgewater State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. 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 State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Bridgewater State University was awarded 47 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Bridgewater State is ranked #752 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Bridgewater State is also ranked #48 out of 68 schools in Massachusetts.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bridgewater State?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Bridgewater State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 80%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 89% 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 490 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 570.

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

SAT Math Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 490 to 570 )
Bridgewater State received ACT scores from 4% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Bridgewater State University  ( 18 to 24 )

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Bridgewater State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Bridgewater State University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 76% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bridgewater State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State have a four-year graduation rate of 29%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Bridgewater State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 9,504 undergraduates at Bridgewater State with 7,877 being full-time and 1,627 being part-time.

Bridgewater State Diversity Score

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

Bridgewater State scored 50.70 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  50.70 out of 100
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How Much Does Bridgewater State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Bridgewater State is $17,765. 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 +
$12,246 $14,069 $17,360 $20,649 $21,903

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

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 State, approximately 89% of students took out student loans averaging $6,216 a year. That adds up to $24,864 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bridgewater State is 5.7%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bridgewater State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,300 in their early years. This is good news for future Bridgewater State graduates since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Bridgewater State University make the most money.

Location of Bridgewater State University

Located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Bridgewater State University is a public institution. Bridgewater is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Bridgewater State University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 42 majors graduated from Bridgewater State University. Of these students, 2,306 received undergraduate degrees and 446 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
General Psychology 326 $31,100
Teacher Education Subject Specific 221 $32,100
Criminal Justice & Corrections 214 $35,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 176 $34,300
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 169 $41,800
Communication & Media Studies 152 $32,200
General English Literature 123 $29,900
Accounting 105 $45,100
History 97 $32,000
General Biology 87 $36,000

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

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 2017-2018, 3,434 students took at least one online class at Bridgewater State University. This is an increase from the 3,012 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 3,434 333
2016-2017 3,012 242
2015-2016 3,021 241
2014-2015 2,721 197
2013-2014 2,343 174

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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