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International Requirements

All non-U.S. citizens and nonpermanent residents of the U.S. go through the same process as all entering freshmen and/or transfer students.

In addition, international applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency and documentation of sufficient financial resources. A deposit of $300 is required of all international students accepted for admission. The deposit must be paid before the I-20 is issued.

International students may submit their applications all through the year, but the deadline is March 15 for fall admission (late August start) and October 1 for spring admission (late January start) of the same year. Late applications may be considered if space remains.

Admission to Bridgewater is granted to those who present evidence of the ability to succeed in the College's academic and social atmosphere. Bridgewater College looks for international students who have successfully completed secondary school studies and examinations required for high school graduation, have strong academic achievements and excellent English language skills.

The Application Process:

Please attempt to submit all information in one package. This will enable us to review and process your application with the greatest efficiency.

Complete Application for Admission

Please make sure that all necessary information is completed, including all required signatures.

Send us your Official Transcript(s)
Submit academic records, including official (original or certified) copies of all records from secondary school and post-secondary institutions. Please include an official English language translation of any records not in English. If an original language transcript is not available, the copy can be certified by one of the following: administrator of the student's school, U.S. embassy official, Ministry of Education official or U.S. Overseas Advising Office staff member.

Transfer students should include official transcripts from each college or university attended. Transfer students must have their foreign credential transcripts evaluated by an evaluation agency associated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Please request a course-by-course evaluation from the evaluation agency sent directly to the office of admission at the address mentioned below. Transfer credit cannot be evaluated until the course-by-course evaluation has been received.

Transfer students should also submit a dean's reference form from each U.S. college or university attended.

Submit Original English Proficiency Exam Scores
Minimum Scores Required:
TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 79 (Internet-based)
IELTS: 6.5
PTE: 60
SAT: Critical Reading section score of 500
TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirements are waived if applicant meets the following criteria:

  • Student successfully completed ELS Level 112 with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Student successfully completed FLS Level 8 with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Student has studied at a U.S. high school for four years.
  • Student has studied at a U.S. college/university or U.S. community college for two years.

Bridgewater College Institution Code for TOEFL: 5069

Applicants who meet Bridgewater College's admissions requirements, with the exception of their English scores, may receive conditional admission based on enrollment in the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University. Email us or speak to your admissions counselor for more details.

Submit a Personal Statement (250-word minimum) written in English. Please tell us anything you would like us to know about you as we make our admission decision.

Submit Bank Statements
Please send bank-certified statement(s) or letter of financial support indicating annual resources available to cover the cost of the student's education. Available amounts of support should be at least $40,480 USD per year.

Send your application materials to:

Admissions Office
Yount Hall
Bridgewater College
402 E. College St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812 USA
Phone: 540-828-5375 or 800-759-8328

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