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Academics

A small, private, Brethren-affiliated school in the Shenandoah Valley, Bridgewater College “is about personally developing students in every aspect of life and making each individual physically, academically, socially, and mentally fit for the real world.” Many come to Bridgewater for its combination of small size and strong academic programs---including majors in more unusual fields such as equine studies and athletic training. In particular, students point out that “the Music and Religious Departments are amazingly active and could challenge those of much bigger and specialized schools.” A private school, Bridgewater offers generous scholarship packages. Plus, students say, “You know you’re getting your money’s worth,” thanks to consistently small class sizes and ample personal interaction with faculty. A senior remembers, “I’ve never been turned away from a professor’s office; they always make time for their students and advisees.” Administrators are also highly involved with the student body and are generally described as “dedicated and kind individuals who assist students with their needs in a prompt manner.” Depending on their own religious and political convictions, students might find Bridgewater is fairly secular, despite its religious affiliation; on the other side of the spectrum, more leftist students complain, “There is far too little progressive thought at this college.”

Student Body

At Bridgewater College, “Most students are White, semi-conservative, [and] heterosexual,” and a fairly large number of them “went to high school nearby and grew up with a rural Virginia background.” Because “Most students that come here either come for sports or religion,” Christians and athletes (or Christian athletes) make up a large percentage of the student population. However, within those groups, students say there is quite a bit of diversity. A senior explains, “The students here range from extroverted party animals to introverted book worms, with many levels in between.” Ethnic and cultural diversity is more limited at Bridgewater; however, students point out that “there are active organizations for minorities and foreign students, and they are a vital part of campus life. It is not unusual in the dining hall to see a local White kid, an African American, a Peruvian, and a Palestinian all eating together and having a great time.”

Campus Life

Everyone at Bridgewater College is required to live on campus and, during the week, students spend time “studying and socializing” in the dorms. In addition, “All of the intramural sports are very popular,” and “There is also a wide variety of clubs from political to outdoors [clubs], to an equestrian team and department clubs.” A dry campus, Bridgewater College makes an effort to provide students with alternative entertainment options, such as “movies on campus and an array of activities like nonalcoholic toga parties and trips to go snow-tubing and caving.” Even so, students tell us that, “like any other campus, people find ways to drink.” At the same time, students maintain respect for the campus community and college rules. A junior explains, “Bridgewater has very strict substance policies, so although people may still drink or smoke, they rarely do so on campus.” Instead, when they want to blow off steam, “Lots of people go to Harrisonburg to party.”

Overview

Applicants
7,241
Acceptance Rate
52%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 530

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — May 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
167
with Terminal Degree
120

84
Women
83
Men
21
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General.
  • Human Nutrition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.
  • History, Other.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Chemistry, Other.
  • Physics, General.
  • Physics, Other.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Glenn Barnhart
Med Dir, Cardiac Surgery, Swedish Med Cnt, Seattle

Bruce Fears
President, Aramark Leisure

Lawrence D. Czarda
President, Greensboro College

Olza M. "Tony" Nicely
Chairman, President & CEO, GEICO

Chris Lumsden
CEO, Halifax Regional Health System

G. Steven Agee
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

J. Russell Bruner
CEO; Maersk, Inc.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,262

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,289

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,694

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,567

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,262

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,300
Required Fees
$860
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,150

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,050
Transportation for Commuters
$1,980

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,720
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,882
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

1.12%
Asian
15.69%
African-American
6.51%
Hispanic
66.38%
Caucasian
3.52%
Unknown
1.33%
International

54% female
46% male
26% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Support Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Chip Studwell, Ed.D., LPC

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

To receive accommodations for a disability, current documentation of the disability, completed by a licensed professional, is required. Documentation must include: date of original diagnosis; method of testing; description of the current functional impact of the disability; recommended accommodations, along with treatments, medications, and assistive devices or services currently prescribed or in use; and a description of the expected progression or stability of the disability over the next five years.

Documentation Required for ADHD

To receive accommodations for a disability, current documentation of the disability, completed by a licensed professional, is required. Documentation must include: date of original diagnosis; method of testing; description of the current functional impact of the disability; recommended accommodations, along with treatments, medications, and assistive devices or services currently prescribed or in use; and a description of the expected progression or stability of the disability over the next five years.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
88
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

33% participate in intramural sports
26% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Eagles)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Eagles)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball


Sustainability

It’s clearly evident that going green has become a priority for Bridgewater College. To begin with, the college has acquired an electric powered service vehicle and two electric-powered club cars for use in campus maintenance, transporting recycling, and more. Additionally, students and faculty with their own electric cars can take advantage of a charging station behind the Kline Campus Center (the first station of its kind at any school in Virginia). Of course, Bridgewater’s sustainability efforts reach far beyond transportation. Indeed, the Stone Village residence complex is LEED-certified. Moreover, new Energy Star washers and energy efficient dryers have been installed in all student housing. Perhaps most impressive, the college has replaced roughly 4,500 feet of steam line pipe systems with new piping (located within a concrete sidewalk/tunnel distribution system). This has resulted in a substantial reduction of carbon emissions, considerable fuel consumption savings, and increased efficiency. With all of these significant changes, Dining Services also became eager to join the movement. To that end, they’ve minimized the use of trays to combat food waste as well as help conserve water and energy. They’ve also started a compost program, ensuring all food waste is collected and returned to the earth. Thankfully, even BC undergrads wholeheartedly embrace the green movement. In fact, Bridgewater students have been participating in RecyleMania since 2007. And in the past two years, the college has placed first among Virginia colleges and universities in the corrugated cardboard category. If you plan on attending Bridgewater, get ready to go green!


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michael Penney
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
402 East College Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599

Phone
800-759-8328

Email
admissions@bridgewater.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Crimson Cafe
Kline Campus Center
Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness
Workout/game rooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Shenandoah and George Washington National Parks
Washington, D.C.; Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia
Downtown Harrisonburg and Staunton, Virginia
Blackfriars Playhouse-American Shakespeare Center
Local Ski areas

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Weekdays and Saturdays when class is in session
8:00-4:30 M-F; 8:00-12:00 noon Sat.
800-759-8328

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri (9-4); Sat. (Sept.-May, 8-12)
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Virginia Private College Week, Open Houses, Department Days

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@bridgewater.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The nearest airport is Shenandoah Valley Regional (Staunton) Airport (SHD). Auto rental service is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling on I-81, use the Mt. Crawford-Bridgewater exit (Exit 240) and follow State Route 257 (Dinkel Avenue), which travels through campus.

Local Accommodations
Nearby accommodations include: Candlewood Suites, Country Inn Suites, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn South, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites, The Village Inn, and Bridgewater Inn and Cottage.


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