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How Well Is Bridgewater State University Ranked?

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

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Bridgewater State as #752 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bridgewater State held the #819 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bridgewater State also holds the #48 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bridgewater State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bridgewater State University is 80%. 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 State is a good fit for you.

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 at Bridgewater State University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 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

Bridgewater State University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. 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  76 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 29%, which is about average when compared to the national rate 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 9,558 undergraduates at Bridgewater State with 7,858 being full-time and 1,700 being part-time.

Bridgewater State Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bridgewater State, approximately 91% of students took out student loans averaging $6,806 a year. That adds up to $27,224 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?

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 $45,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Bridgewater State students since it is 14% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater State University is a public institution situated in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bridgewater is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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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 46 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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

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