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Center for Engaged Learning

The project of becoming your true self

We learn best by doing and engaging, and the Bridgewater Experience centers on investing yourself in becoming a well-rounded, enthusiastic, contributing member of society.

Sometimes learning is about more than textbooks, homework and final grades. It’s about becoming engaged in every facet of your life—in the classroom, through a research project, on your sports team or student club, in your community and in the world.

Whether it’s teaching Spanish to elementary school students, assisting the College with its composting program, traveling to Botswana or even playing Animal Crossing with your roommate, you engage in and learn from all of it. You take what you learn in class and apply it to life outside of class, and vice versa. You discover your passions.

That’s where the Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) can help. The CEL combines academics with extracurricular programming to enhance your college experience and help you become responsible to and active in communities ranging from the local to the global. It’s the center of gravity that holds together everything you’ll do at BC—in the classroom and beyond. Through the CEL, you’ll devote time and energy to the project of becoming your true self.