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About BC

The student experience at Bridgewater College has been shaped and defined by connections since 1880.

Bridgewater’s commitment to building connections for life gives you more opportunities to flourish. More opportunities to participate in sports, theatre, music, clubs and organizations. To exercise leadership. And to develop and achieve your potential through the support of faculty mentors. Bridgewater offers:

  • Bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 majors and minors
  • Emphases and concentrations to customize your education
  • Four master’s degree programs, all of which allow you to graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years
  • Pre-professional programs such as medicine and law
  • PreK-12 teacher licensure

Find Your Sense of Purpose

We want you to graduate from Bridgewater with a clear sense of purpose—one that comes from feeling courageous, adventurous and needed in the world. At BC, you’ll build connections for life.

Get to Know BC’s Mission and Goals

Bridgewater prepares you to live and work in community with others and be an ethical leader. Our mission and values shape the type of person you’ll become. The goals outlined in The Vision for Our Future: Strategic Plan 2025 inform everything we’re doing to ensure Bridgewater College’s future.

Part of a History that Goes Back to 1880

BC admitted women from its very first class in 1880, making it the first coeducational private liberal arts college in Virginia. Wondering what “ringing the Bell” means? Or who the presidents have been?

A Welcoming Place to Learn

Students often say BC is like a family. Part of being a family means welcoming everyone. No matter who you are, or where you’re from. You’ll make friends for life here.

Discover the Work of Community Engagement and Sustainability

Bridgewater College is committed to engaging with the community around it and being good stewards of the Earth and our resources. Whether it’s through volunteer service opportunities or the ways we’re making BC more sustainable, you can be part of making the College and the world a better place. 

Meet Dr. Bushman

Our ninth president, Dr. David Bushman, loves bugs. (Just ask him sometime!) He’s a scientist with a life-long passion for education. Follow him on Twitter. And check out his personal message.

Where is Bridgewater?

Bridgewater is right in the middle of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Whether you’re looking for arts and culture, outdoor activities or history, the Valley is the place to be. The city of Harrisonburg is just a few minutes down the road from campus. And we’re only about two hours away from both Washington, D.C. and Richmond.

Visit us today. See why Bridgewater is a great place to call home for four years.

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