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Academics

  • More than 60 majors and minors
  • Four graduate programs
  • 10 pre-professional programs
  • 2 dual-degree programs
  • Teacher education and licensure
  • BC is consistently named a “Best College in the Southeast” by The Princeton Review
  • Choose from more than 50 countries for study abroad opportunities
Bridgewater College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master’s level. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Bridgewater College. To file a complaint, please fill out the Complaint Form (.pdf) in its entirety and submit it to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at the address above. Please contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 404-679-4500 if you have any questions about the complaint procedure.Bridgewater College is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) located at 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3184.

Bridgewater College is also accredited by the State Board of Education of Virginia and offers a state-approved program of teacher education. For questions about the accreditation of Bridgewater College by the Commonwealth of Virginia, contact the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia at 101 North 14th Street, 10th Floor, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219, or call (804) 225-2600.

In accordance with Virginia law, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is responsible for investigating all written and signed student complaints against postsecondary educational institutions operating in Virginia, including Bridgewater College. To file a formal complaint, fill out the Student Complaint Form in its entirety and submit it electronically to SCHEV. Please contact SCHEV at (804) 371-2285 if you have any questions about the student complaint procedure.

Bridgewater College is a member of the American Council on Education, the Association of Virginia Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Human Anatomy class
 60+
majors and minors
 60+
clubs & organizations
 19 
average class size
 23 
NCAA III teams

Students

  • Approximately 1,600 full-time students (undergraduate and graduate) as of fall 2020
  • BC students are from 29 states and 16 countries
  • Participate in more than 60 clubs and organizations

Faculty

  • Average class size – 19
  • All faculty teach in the classroom at BC
Year Entered 2017 2018 2019
Enrollment 534 590 487
Men 235- 44% 262 – 44% 237 – 49%
Women 299 – 56% 328 – 56% 250 – 51%
Academic scholarships 284 – 53% 340 – 58% 319 – 66%
Receiving financial aid * 534 – 100% 590 – 100% 487 – 100%
Receiving Institutional Aid 527 – 99% 585 – 99% 481 – 99%
Most popular majors
Health and Exercise Science 83 – 16% 88 – 15% 75 – 15%
Business Administration 80 – 15% 93 – 16% 71 – 15%
Biology 71 – 13% 66 – 11% 52 – 11%
Psychology 38 – 7% 47 – 8% 50 – 10%
Liberal Studies 22 – 4% 31 – 5% 26 – 5%
Affiliated with the Church of the Brethren 16 – 3% 17 – 3% 25 – 5%
Virginia resident 395 – 74% 450 – 76% 365 – 75%
Diversity
Black/African American 103 – 19% 119 – 20% 77 – 16%
Other Minority 74 – 14% 102 – 17% 77 – 16%
International 5 – 1% 9 – 2% 9 – 2%
Average age 18 18 18
Academic profile
Mean SAT 1075 1084 1077
Mean high school GPA 3.44 3.49 3.56
From top 20% of high school class 27% 28% 31%
*federal, state, institutional, or outside aid
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Title Year
General Information 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Enrollment and Persistence 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
First Year Admission 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Transfer Admission 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Academic Offerings and Policies 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Student Life 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Annual Expenses 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Financial Aid 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Instructional Faculty and Class Size 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)
Degrees Conferred 2019 (.pdf) 2018 (.pdf) 2017 (.pdf) 2016 (.pdf) 2015 (.pdf) 2014 (.pdf)

Financial Aid

  • More than $43 million in scholarships and aid was awarded by BC in 2019-2020
  • 99% of BC students receive some type of financial aid

Athletics

  • Nearly 30% of BC students participate in intercollegiate sports
  • Nickname: Eagles
  • Colors: crimson and gold
  • 23 intercollegiate teams
  • NCAA Division III
  • Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)
Crowd at the Football Game
Eagle Nation
Drone of McKinney
McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics

Location

  • Located in the town of Bridgewater, Virginia
  • 8 minutes from the city of Harrisonburg
  • 2 hours from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., metropolitan areas
  • 300-acre campus, including the equestrian center in Weyers Cave