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Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880. Located only two hours southwest of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of approximately 1,800 students representing 28 states and 16 countries. Bridgewater admitted women from the time of its founding and was the first private liberal arts college in Virginia to do so.

Bridgewater offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification. The College is a member of NCAA Division III and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, with 22 intercollegiate athletic teams. The vibrant 300-acre residential campus includes an equestrian center and is located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia, near the city of Harrisonburg in the center of the Shenandoah Valley. An excellent school system, healthy business environment, numerous arts and cultural events, the state's lowest crime rate, and a variety of outdoor opportunities and historic attractions draw many to the region.

Bridgewater College is recognized for its student-centered atmosphere and has been named "One of the Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast," by The Princeton Review.

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  • Private, four-year liberal arts college
  • Founded in 1880 as the first coeducational Virginia college
  • Affiliated with Church of the Brethren


  • Located in Bridgewater, Virginia (population 5,644)
  • Eight minutes from the city of Harrisonburg (population 48,914)
  • Campus comprises 300 acres (including the equestrian center)


  • Approximately 1,800 full-time students
  • Students come from 28 states and 16 countries


  • 106 full-time faculty, and 34 part-time faculty


  • 62 majors and minors
  • 11 emphases/specializations
  • 5 concentrations
  • 9 pre-professional programs
  • 3 dual degree programs
  • Teacher education and certification
  • Bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees
  • Average class size - 21


  • 22 intercollegiate teams
  • Member of the NCAA Division III
  • Member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)
  • Wide variety of intramural sports and clubs


  • More than 17,000