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First Year Student Admission

Bridgewater is built on close relationships, and we do everything we can to bring people together. In the classroom, you’ll bond with your peers and your professors as you push yourself to explore new ideas and concepts. Outside the classroom, you’ll form lasting friendships—and have plenty of fun, too.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Admissions FAQ

Deadlines

Will BC be extending its enrollment deposit deadline?

Given the global impact of COVID-19, we realize you and your family may be experiencing personal hardships. Our reservation deposit date has been extended to Monday, June 1, 2020.

Can I still visit BC before I make my decision?

Until you are able to come to BC, we will bring BC to you! Click here to schedule your virtual visit. We will arrange phone or video meetings with your admission counselor, faculty, or staff. You can also click here to take a virtual tour. Even though we do not have students on-campus, there is a group of dedicated students helping us from afar. If you want to talk with a current student, you can email them at AskAStudent@bridgewater.edu or text them at 540-508-0189.

Grades, Transcripts, SAT/ACT Tests

I can’t access my official transcript because my school is closed. Will BC accept an unofficial transcript?

For admission consideration for fall 2020, we will accept your self-reported or unofficial transcript in lieu of your official transcript for both first-year and transfer students. You can send us your transcript one of two ways: 1) Complete this self-report form and email it to admissions@bridgewater.edu  or 2) Email admissions@bridgewater.edu a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript. First-year students will be required to submit an official final high school transcript prior to starting classes as a BC student, and transfer students will be required to submit official transcripts of all undergraduate institutions attended.

My high school will be providing pass/no pass grades for core academic courses. Will these satisfy the course requirement for admission?

A pass grade will satisfy our core requirements for admission eligibility. We will not be including these grades into our cumulative academic GPA calculations for admission and scholarship eligibility. Certification of graduation will be required for all students enrolling at BC.

My previously scheduled SAT/ACT test was canceled. Will BC waive my SAT or ACT requirement?

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridgewater College is temporarily suspending the use of SAT and/or ACT test scores as criteria for admission decisions of first-time students for the fall 2020 semester. After April 20, Bridgewater’s admission criteria will be based on a cumulative high school GPA plus a qualitative evaluation of a student’s application and admission packet to assess student’s involvement in high school and community. The Office of Admissions will continue to thoroughly review each applicant and, in some cases, require additional information such as a phone interview.  If you still want to send us your scores, you can do so in one of three ways: 1) Complete this self-report form and email it to admissions@bridgewater.edu, 2) Submit your scores through the test source, or 3) Email admissions@bridgewater.edu a PDF copy of your student report page.

Transfer Students

I’m a transfer student. How has COVID-19 impacted my admission steps?

A full FAQ for transfer students is listed here.

Financial Aid

My financial situation has changed as a result of COVID-19. Can I be reconsidered for additional aid?

If you’ve been admitted and your financial situation has changed, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to talk about options for your unique situation at finaid@bridgewater.edu.

What classes are required for admission?

Subject Courses
English 4
Mathematics (at least thru Algebra II) 3
Social Sciences and History 3
Science 3

Even though foreign language is not a requirement for admission, we highly recommend that you take at least two years of a foreign language.

Will I get AP Credit?

In order to receive credit consideration, a minimum test score of 3 is required.

Will I get credit for my dual enrollment classes?

In order to receive credit consideration, there must be a comparable class offered at Bridgewater College and you must have earned a C or higher.

When can I submit my application?

Typically the application is available mid-August of your senior year of high school. Apply as early as you can but no later than May 1 to enroll in the upcoming fall semester. To enroll in the upcoming spring semester, apply no later than January 1. Applications received after these dates will be considered as space allows.

If you are on our mailing list, you will receive an email when the application is live. To get your name on our mailing list, create an account today.  We’ll send you a reminder when it’s time to apply.

What does Bridgewater consider when reviewing my application?

  • GPA – This is a good indicator of your overall high school performance.
  • SAT or ACT scores – We take either test and will review your application based on your highest scores.  We encourage you to a test more than once.  Students usually do better the second time around.
  • Courses – We encourage students to take the most challenging courses they can.  Earning a “B” in an honors level course is better than a “D” in an AP level course.
  • Class rank – How you compare to your peers.

How do I apply?

  1. Submit your FREE online application.
  2. Submit your official high school transcript that includes your senior classes.
  3. Send your SAT or ACT scores directly from the testing agency.

What happens after my application is complete?

Your admissions counselor reviews your application and an admission decision is mailed to you. Our rolling admissions system means you don’t have to wait long to find out if you are in!

Do I need to apply for an academic scholarship?

No. Admitted students are automatically reviewed for academic scholarships.

What are my campus visit options?

  • Personalized Visit
  • Open Houses
  • Virtual Events

Check our visit page for dates and times.

Who can I contact about my application?

Contact your admissions counselor, the admissions office at 800-759-8328 or admissions@bridgewater.edu.

Questions? Contact us!

Office of Admissions

800-759-8328
admissions@bridgewater.edu

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. – noon