Bridgewater College

355 reviews
  1. Bridgewater, VA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    A
Bridgewater College is ...
Private not-for-profit, Anabaptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Address
402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Bridgewater College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
48%
SAT Range
950-1140
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$19,303/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,176/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,373/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,156/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,704/ year
  • $110k+
    $22,825/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.25 responses
29%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,766Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Focused but involved
    56%
  • Open
    28%
  • Close minded
    6%
  • Open minded, everyone's opinion is important
    6%
  • Stuck up
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
77%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Close-knit and quirky, but fun!
    43%
  • Community based
    43%
  • Home, Bridgewater became more than just a college.
    14%

After Bridgewater College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses

Reviews

355 reviews
  • Excellent
    42
  • Very Good
    138
  • Average
    130
  • Poor
    25
  • Terrible
    20
This is a very, VERY, safe community. People actually laughed when they found out I brought two things of pepper spray with me to college--and I thought that was standard procedure. Bridgewater is a beautiful and quaint town. It's peaceful, but it is only 10-15 minutes away from Harrisonburg, a decent sized city, so there is a lot do to. There is a cinema, a mall (2 I think), multiple restaurants, a Barns and Noble, a Walmart, SHOE STORES, bars, outlets. And, James Madison University is pretty close for those who want to party every weekend. The location is perfect for choosing what to do, how much to be isolated or exposed; one can choose to be a recluse like me and study like crazy or be a social butterfly and party it up like my roommate, or fall somewhere in between!
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 21 2014
Bridgewater is an amazing 4 year liberal arts college that has many great opportunities for its students. Being a liberal arts school, students can engage in classes they normally wouldn't take. This gives them the knowledge to engage in conversations with people outside their major and interests. One thing that I would change is tuition and scholarship opportunities. Tuition will be about $46,000 starting in the fall of 2017. It continues to increase in order to fund the major changes that the school is planning to make, but the merit scholarships and scholarship opportunities are not increasing along with tuition. I believe that Bridgewater should consider increasing their merit scholarships in order to compensate for the rising tuition cost.
  • Sophomore
  • 7 days ago
I like the dorms. Freshmen housing, like many other colleges, are pretty small, but these are better than most I have seen. You'll sweat for the first two weeks (no AC unless you have a medical condition) then it's fine. The upperclassmen dorms are much nicer, entire apartments. All dorms, except the all-girls dorm, are really close to the dining hall, which is open until midnight. I love 11:55 ice cream runs!
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 21 2014