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BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, BRIDGEWATER, MASSACHUSETTS

Bridgewater, MassachusettsLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1837Established Year
  11019Enrollment

Bridgewater State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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The Bridgewater State University is located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and has campuses in Attleboro, Cape Cod, and New Bedford. It is a prestigious institute in the US Education System founded in 1840 and is the 10th largest four-year academic institution in Massachusetts.

Initially it was a one-room schoolhouse known as Bridgewater Normal School that evolved from an old town hall with 28 students to Bridgewater State University with its 270-acre campus serving more than 11,000 students. The university is accredited by the American Association for Health Education, American Chemical Society, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and many more. 

  • 93% of total full-time faculty holding doctorates or equivalent degrees.
  • 53% of the total students are First-Generation Students.
  • The average students per class are 22 and student to faculty ratio is 18:1.
  • The university has more than 90 student clubs and organizations.

Admissions at Bridgewater State University are offered on a rolling basis round the year and follow an early application deadline of November 15. With an acceptance rate of around 80%, the institute is indeed a favored choice among international candidates seeking to study in the USA.

Rankings

  • Bridgewater State University ranks 108th in Regional Universities North, 114th in Top Performers on Social Mobility, 34th in Top Public Schools by US News 2020 ranking.
  • It is ranked 600th in the US ranking 2020 by The World University Ranking.
  • It is ranked 688 out of 1,592 in Best Value Colleges in America, 525 out of 1,692 in Most Liberal Colleges in America by niche ranking 2020

Highlights

College TypePublic
Campus SettingSuburban
Endowment34.202 million USD
Student Retention Rate79%
Work-study programyes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part time; online
Housing Capacity42%
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as Scholarships and Awards
Admission Helpdeskadmission@bridgew.edu | 508 531-1237

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Campus

  • The main campus of Bridgewater State University is spread in 278 acres with the suburban settings.
  • It has a total of 39 buildings which include 11 residence halls and 1 student apartment on campus for undergraduate and graduate student housing.
  • It is the 10th Largest four-year college or university in Massachusetts area wise.
  • The Satellite Campuses of Bridgewater State University is located in Attleboro, Cape Cod, and New Bedford.
  • The university has a total of 6 colleges which are College of Education & Health Sciences, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Ricciardi College of Business, Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics, College of Continuing Studies, College of Graduate Studies.
  • The university has more than 90 student clubs and organizations and has 22 NCAA Division III sports teams.

Housing Facilities/Residence

  • The 41% of undergraduate students live on campus in 1 student apartment and 11 residence halls provides a living option in Deland and Gulfport Campus.
  • These residence halls are mostly co-ed, the most common suite configuration of these halls is one double room with two single rooms.
  • The basic amenities provided in these halls are Study Lounge on Each Floor, Kitchen on Ground Floor, Game Room, Air Conditioning.
  • The university Apartments houses a co-ed living community of 198 upper-class residents. In these groups of six students share a kitchen, living room and bathroom facilities.
  • The basic amenities provided in the apartments are Common Building with Lounge, Laundry Room, and Resident Assistant/Resident Director Offices.
  • Rates for 2020-2021 for a single room per year is between 8,394 to 9,584 USD.

Courses

  • The University offers a plethora of courses for international students which includes many undergraduate, graduate, online, and special programs.
  • It offers nearly 3,000 courses in more than 100 areas of study.
  • It offers majors and minors undergraduate courses in many different fields like Finance, Art, Aviation, Computer Science and many more.
  • It also offers some Interdisciplinary and Pre Professional Programs like African, American, Asian, Canadian Studies, Dance, Film Studies, and Global Religious Studies Minor, Business Foundations Graduate Certificate and other medical and law-oriented courses.
  • Every year the university provides paid internships to more than 500 students.
  • The university also offers more than 1,000 study abroad programs in 50+ countries for all students to study abroad.
  • The undergraduate research program of the University is one of the top programs in the nation.
  • It offers over 60+ graduate degree, certificate and licensure programs.

Bridgewater State University Application Process

How to Apply?

Application Portal: The students need to fill either a Common Application (a college admission application form that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 800 member colleges and universities) or BSU application.

Application Fee: The application fee is not available.

Basic Admissions Requirements

  • Documents Required: Essay, official or school-certified academic transcript(s), Affidavit of Financial Support, Proof of English Proficiency, Passport, Visa, Non-Immigrant Form, I-94, SAT or ACT scores(optional).
  • The university accepts the scores of TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson English Language Test (PTE) or Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFRL) as proof of English proficiency.
  • Here is the table showing minimum scores needed for these exams to get admission in Bridgewater state university:
ExamMinimum Score
TOEFL computer-based test173
TOEFL paper-based test500
TOEFL internet-based test61
IELTS6.0
PTE44
CEFRLB2

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Documents Required: Essay and Resume, Academic Credentials, Proof of English Proficiency, GRE or GMAT Scores, three Letters of Recommendation, Affidavit of Financial Support, Certified bank/financial statement, Passport, Visa, I-94.
  • Here is the table showing minimum scores for the English language proficiency test.
ExamMinimum Score
TOEFL computer-based test213
TOEFL paper-based test550
TOEFL internet-based test79
IELTS6.0
PTE53
CEFRLB2

Application Deadline

Here is the table showing the undergraduate application deadline for 2020:

Application RoundAdmission and Financial Aid Deadline
Early Decision INovember 15
priority deadline(Fall semester)February 15
priority deadline(Spring semester)November 1

Bridgewater State University Cost of Attendance

If you are a prospective applicant of the university, it is advisable that you plan your finances way beforehand to make your stay in a foreign land comfortable. An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US for the same is as mentioned below.

Type of ExpenditureCost (In USD)
Tuition7,050.00
Required Fees (all students)9,102.00
Student Support Fee100.00
Technology Fee54.00
Capital Fee204.00
Orientation Fee160.00
Required Health Insurance2,755.00
Rent, utilities, and food12,916.00
Household needs600.00
Books and supplies1,000.00
Clothing and Laundry600.00
Summer living expenses2,500.00
Miscellaneous Expenses700.00
Twelve-Month Total (Estimate)37,387.00

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Bridgewater State University provides more than 70 grants, loans, paid employment and scholarships for international students to study in the USA from a variety of state and federal agencies, corporations, foundations, and universities. Around 72% of the new students receive need based financial aid from the university.

The amount disbursed for the scholarship is around 6,027 USD per student. The following table shows the details some of the main grants and scholarships of the university:

GrantFunding OrganizationEligibilityAmount
Federal Pell GrantU.S. Department of Educationundergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor’s degreeDecided based on demonstrated financial need
Tuition Waiver and Fees GrantFinancial Aid Office at BSUundergraduate studentsdemonstrated financial need
MSCBA Housing GrantMassachusetts State Colleges Building AuthorityBSU students living in the residence hallsdemonstrated financial need according to the FAFSA
Graduate Assistant Tuition WaiverBSUstudents were chosen as graduate assistantsNot Available
Education Minors & Majors
Grants and Scholarships
Bridgewater State University, Federal Government, and the State of MassachusettsEnrolled in specified minors and majorsvaries

The university also provides Graduate Writing Fellowships for the graduate students, through which students can award over 20,000 USD

Conference Funding Award: It is provided to graduate students involved in any research program so that they can present their research at professional academic conferences. 

The student can also opt for the different loan programs offered by the university like Massachusetts No Interest Loan, Federal Ford Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Ford Direct Unsubsidized Loan, etc. They can also participate in the work-study program of the institute.

Alumni Network

  • All alumni get the automatic and free memberships of The Bridgewater Alumni Association which organizes reunions, provides news about the university, awards scholarships to students and Honor its members and faculty.
  • The alumni receive a discount on tickets to shows at the award-winning Family Performing Arts Center, a variety of university-branded merchandise.
  • The alumni can get Transcripts anytime digitally within hours for just $7.50.
  • Alumni get discount on the membership of Adrian Tinsley state-of-the-art Center and Thornburg Fitness Center
  • The official Bridgewater Magazine which gets published twice a year is mailed to all alumni free of charge.
  • American Insurance Administrators offers a variety of term life and health insurance plans for Bridgewater alumni.
  • Alumni have the opportunity to travel with Bridgewater students and professors
  • A few notable alumni are: 
    1. Jeff Corwin, (B.S.), actor, producer, popular TV host,
    2. Christopher Dijak, professional wrestler
    3. Lou Gorman: former general manager of the Boston Red Sox
    4. Walter Harding (B.S.): prominent scholar and distinguished professor
    5. Gayle McLaughlin: Mayor of the city of Richmond, California

Placements

The average alumnus of Bridgewater State University can earn up to 36,400 USD per year after two years of graduation. 95% of students can get a job after two years of graduation.

The Office of Career Services assists students and employers to establish a professional connection between them. The university is also currently a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers(NACE).

The office of career services organizes many internship and job fairs, Education Career Fair, and Career Services Workshops and Career Panels throughout the year.

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Bridgewater State University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population13289
FAFSA Code002183
Application Cost$50
Accreditation NEASC
Average Cost of Attendance$7,050 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio3 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

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April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

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April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10709801160 89%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540490590-
Mathematics530490570-
ACT211824 4%

Bridgewater State University Acceptance Rate

80.4%

Acceptance Rate

6343

Total Applicants

13289

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

38.8%

Male

61.2%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program80.4%
Total Applicants13424
Total Enrolled10787
Graduate
Graduate Programs80.3%
Total Applicants3114
Total Enrolled2502

Bridgewater State University Enrollment

Enrollment
Bridgewater State University Enrollment13289
Undergraduate Enrollment10787
Graduate Enrollment2502
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate58.0%

Attendance Cost

$7,050

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$7,050 / Year
Post Graduate Program$7,050 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$800 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$12,750 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,644 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$12,750 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,644 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,700 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,544 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Arts ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
ProgramsAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
44044404-109

College rating

based on 1 student ratings

9.8/10

10/10academic
10/10infrastructure
10/10placements
10/10faculty
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Reviews

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Megan, USA Elementary education
Bridgewater State University
Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2017
9.8
STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME!

It had a great education program, which was what I majored in! It was also far away from home, so I could get that independent experience. It was crucial for me to set out on my own. I really loved the campus, and found that it was so homie and suited my needs! It wasn't too large or too small either. It was right in the middle. Honestly, the best four years of my life and I call it a second home, I'd love to go back.


Course Curriculum - 

Sometimes it would be annoying because there were core classes that you had to take, that felt like they had nothing to do with your major. But once you got into your major's classes, you felt more motivated and purposeful in your learning.

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Book Store

Bridgewater State University Bookstore0.23 Km
World Publications Inc4.27 Km
Heritage House7.34 Km

Train Station

Bridgewater0.4 Km

Restaurant

Better Bean Coffee Co0.81 Km
Subway0.98 Km
Barrett's Alehouse Bridgewater1.44 Km
Dunkin'2.22 Km
Chatta Box2.35 Km
Johnny Macaroni's3.8 Km
Deng's Garden Restaurant4.32 Km
Atina Asian Bistro4.34 Km
Crystal's Kitchen4.77 Km
Nara Hookah Lounge4.78 Km
Emma's Pub & Pizza5 Km
Fiesta Mexican Restaurant5.07 Km
Niko Bar and Grill5.89 Km
Mockingbird Restaurant and Martini Lounge - Miraval Ballroom7.76 Km
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Shopping Mall

Winter Place2.34 Km
Center Shopping Plaza4.77 Km
West Shopping Center7.17 Km
West Bridgewater Plaza7.2 Km

Airport

Veracka Heliport7.29 Km

*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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