Bridgewater College (VA) 2006 Common Data Set

C1. First-time freshmen
  Men Women Total
Applied (complete apps. only) 708 892 1,600
Admitted 574 784 1,358
Enrolled (full-time) 194 229 423
Enrolled (part-time) 0 0 0
C2. Freshman wait-listed students
Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list? No
Admission Requirements
C3. High school completion requirements
High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
C4. Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students? Recommend
C5. Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended
Total academic units 15 22
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 4
    Of these, units that must be lab 2 2
Foreign language 0 3
Social studies See "Other" See "Other"
History See "Other" See "Other"
Academic electives 4 4
Other (Social Studies and History) 2 3
Basis for Selection
C6. Do you have an Open Admission Policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications? No
C7. Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in first-time, first-year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.
  Very Important Important Considered* Not Considered
Rigor of secondary school record X

Class rank

Academic GPA X

Standardized test scores


Application Essay



Interview   X    
Extracurricular activities   X  
Talent/ability   X  
Character/personal qualities   X    
First generation X
Alumni/ae relation    
Geographical residence     X  
State residency     X  
Religious affiliation/commitment    
Racial/ethnic status       X
Volunteer work     X  
Work experience     X  
Level of applicant's interest     X  
* Considered only in special circumstances
SAT and ACT Policies
C8. Entrance examinations
(A) Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores 
     in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants? 

If yes, indicate policies for Fall 2008:

Require Recommend Require for Some Consider if Submitted Not Used



ACT only


SAT only


SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT


SAT Subject Tests only

(B)  If your institution will make use of the ACT in admission decisions for first-time, first-year,
      degree-seeking applicants for
Fall 2008, please indicate which ONE of the following applies:

 ACT with Writing component required

 ACT with Writing component recommended

 ACT with or without Writing component accepted


(C)  Please indicate how your institution will use the SAT or ACT writing component; check all that apply:

For admission


For placement


For advising


In place of an application essay


As a validity check on the application essay


No college policy as of now



Not using essay component


(D) In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising? No
(E) Latest date by which SAT or ACT scores must be received for fall-term admission Aug 1
Latest date by which SAT Subject Test scores must be received for fall-term admission N/App

(F) If necessary, use this space to clarify your test policies 

  (e.g., if tests are recommended for some students, or if tests are not required of some students):

(G)  Please indicate which tests your institution uses for placement (e.g. state tests):







SAT Subject Tests







Institutional Exam



State Exam (specify):



Freshman Profile
C9. Degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall 2006 who submitted national standardized (SAT/ACT) test scores.  
  Percent submitting SAT scores 96%

Number submitting SAT scores

  Percent submitting ACT scores 21%

Number submitting ACT scores



First-time freshman test scores
SAT Percentiles 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 450 560

  SAT Writing Omitted, see note  
  SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Math 16 24
ACT Writing Omitted, see note
Note: Omitted because of 1) incomplete data; and 2) scores not used in admissions decisions

SAT Categories

Critical Reading Math
700-800 2.46% 1.72%
600-699 9.61% 1.58%
500-599 41.13% 40.64%
400-499 39.90% 41.38%
300-399 6.90% 4.68%
200-299 0.00% 0.00%
Total 100.00% 100.00%
ACT Categories Composite English Math
30-36 3.33% 6.67% 4.44%
24-29 23.33% 18.89% 21.11%
18-23 51.11% 41.11% 40.00%
12-17 22.22% 27.78% 33.33%
6-11 0.00% 5.56% 1.11%
Below 6 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Total 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%


C10. High School Class Rank
Percent in top tenth of high school graduating class 12.89%
Percent in top quarter of high school graduating class 41.55%
Percent in top half of high school graduating class 78.22%
Percent in bottom half of high school graduating class 21.78%
Percent in bottom quarter of high school graduating class 4.30%
Percent of total first-time freshmen who submitted high school class rank: 83%
C11. High School Grade Point Average (4.0 scale)
Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher 18.36%
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74 16.63%
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 20.10%
Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 17.87%
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 20.84%
Percent who had GPA between 2.00 and 2.49 6.20%
Percent who had GPA between 1.00 and 1.99 0.00%
Percent who had GPA below 1.0 0.00%
Total 100.00%
C12. Average High School Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.3
Percent of total first-time freshman class submitting high school GPA 95%
Admission Policies
C13. Application Fee
Does your institution have an application fee? Yes
Amount of application fee: $30
Can it be waived for applicants with financial need? Yes

If you have an application fee and an on-line application option, please indicate policy for students who apply on-line:

Same fee:




Can on-line application fee be waived for applicants with financial need?


C14. Application closing date
Does your institution have an application closing date? No
C15. Are first-time freshmen accepted for terms other than fall? Yes
C16. Notification to applicants of admission decision sent (fill in one only):
On a rolling bases beginning (date): September 1
By (date):
C17. Reply policy for admitted applicants (fill in one only):
Must reply by (date):   
No set date:   
Must reply by May 1 or within      2      weeks if notified thereafter

Deadline for housing deposit:


C18. Deferred admission
Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission? Yes
If yes, maximum period of postponement: 1 year
C19. Early admission of high school students
Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time freshmen one year or more before high school graduation? No

C20. Common Application
  question removed from the CDS
Early Decision and Early Action Plans
C21. Early decision
Does your institution offer an early decision plan for first-time, freshman applicants for fall enrollment? No
C22. Early action
Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college? No