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If you are looking for an American university education at a small school with personal attention, look no further. Bridgewater College will challenge you and give you the support you need.

Bridgewater has more than 60 majors and minors for you to choose from, including:

  • Biology (with programs to prepare you for graduate school in medicine, physician assistant training, and veterinary science)
  • Business administration (with programs in accounting, finance, international commerce, marketing and organization management)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (with tracks in engineering, physics and technology, and physical science)

You can also earn dual degrees in areas such as engineering with Virginia Tech or The George Washington University.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How large are the classes?

Your classes will have an average size of 21 students. This means you will have a lot of opportunities to get to know your professors and fellow students. Field experiences, internships and independent research will take you outside the classroom and give you the chance to practice what you’ve learned.

Where is Bridgewater College

Located in Bridgewater, Virginia, the College is  a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia (the state capital). Bridgewater is a safe and welcoming small town, but only a short distance away from larger cities.

Why Bridgewater?

Affordability
International students are eligible for scholarships that range from $16,000-$32,590 per year. 99% of BC students receive some type of financial aid.

Academic focus
Choose from more than 60 majors and minors and numerous concentrations for your education at Bridgewater. Bridgewater is a liberal arts institution, which means your education will include the ability to think critically, to communicate effectively and to argue persuasively. You’ll also practice reflecting on ethical questions, evaluating ideas and seeing many sides of issues. Once you master these skills, you’ll go beyond the knowledge accumulated in your field to become someone with the abilities to succeed not only in the workplace but also in life.

Diversity
Our students come from all over the United States and the world, from a variety of backgrounds. BC currently has students from 29 states and 12 countries.

Personalized experience
At Bridgewater, the average class size is 20 students. Outside the classroom, you can enjoy participating in nearly 60 student clubs, sports teams, and other organizations.

Bridgewater is consistently named “One of the Best Colleges in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review.

What About housing?

Bridgewater is a residential college, so most of our students live on campus during their time here. We believe that students who live, study, work and play together on campus make connections that extend learning beyond the classroom. That’s an important part of a liberal arts education.

All full time students are required to live in College housing except: (1) students living at home with their parents or legal guardians if the parents’/guardians’ principal residence is in one of the following counties: Augusta, Highland, Page, Rockingham or Shenandoah; (2) transfer students who have earned a minimum of 12 college credits at the time of matriculation; (3) students who are married or are custodial parents; (4) students 23 years of age or older; (5) current or former members of the armed forces; (6) part-time students (taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester); (7) students who are fifth-year seniors.; and (8) students who have a physical or mental health need that cannot reasonably be addressed through resources and special arrangements available on campus. Students are not required to live on campus during the summer sessions.

Each residence hall or apartment has:

  • Laundry rooms with coin-free washers and dryers
  • Vending machines (except for Stone Village)
  • Television/recreation lounges (except for Stone Village)
  • Study lounges (except for Stone Village)
  • Heating and air conditioning or ceiling fans
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Single, double, triple and/or quad rooms (Single rooms are reserved for upperclassmen and those with special housing needs.)

How can you help my transition to the U.S. be as easy as possible?

At Bridgewater, you will be welcomed by friendly, caring people who will become your teachers, mentors and friends. Make Bridgewater College your “home away from home.”

We can help you by offering:

  • Airport pick-up service
  • An orientation for international students
  • Assistance with your immigration status
  • Support in applying for internships, jobs and graduate schools

Where can I submit my application?

Application materials should be submitted by March 15 for fall semester (begins in late August) or October 1 for spring semester (begins in late January). Late applications may be considered if space remains.  Please try to submit all your information at the same time. This will enable us to review and process your application as quickly as possible, and you will hear from us about your admission status sooner.

How do I apply?

  • Submit your FREE online application.
  • Submit a copy of the front page of your passport (photo page).
  • Send all your academic records, including official (original or certified) copies of all records from secondary school and post-secondary institutions. Attach a certified English translation if the documents are in a language other than English. Transfer international students must have foreign credential transcripts evaluated by an accredited evaluation agency such as World Education Services Inc.
  • Provide proof of English language proficiency in the form of acceptable scores on one of the following:
    • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language (79 iBT or 550 paper-based)
    • IELTS – Intensive English Language Testing System (6.5 academic)
    • PTE – Pearson Test of English (60)
    • If you are a native English speaker or have studied in an English-speaking secondary school, you should submit SAT or ACT scores instead of or in addition to English proficiency scores.

If you do not meet the minimum test score requirement (of TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT, or ACT), you may be conditionally admitted to Bridgewater College, provided you enroll in and successfully complete an approved English language training program.

  • Complete a Dean’s Reference Form (.pdf) for each institution you have attended if you studied at another U.S. college or university.
  • Send a bank-certified statement or letter of financial support indicating you have financial resources available that will cover expenses for a minimum of one academic year. Review tuition and costs for the current academic year.
  • Include a personal statement (250-word minimum), written in English. Please tell us anything you would like us to know about you as we make our admission decision.
  • Send your application materials to:
    Office of Admissions
    Bridgewater College
    402 East College Street
    Bridgewater, VA  22812-1599 USA

Is there a reservation deposit?

A deposit of $300 is required of all students once you are accepted for admission. Your deposit must be paid before your I-20 can be issued.

Do I need health insurance?

Health Insurance: Before coming to Bridgewater, you are required to provide proof of sufficient health insurance coverage from a U.S.-based provider. Your plan must meet certain minimum requirements, so contact Anne Marsh, coordinator of international education, at atmarsh@bridgewater.edu to review policy details before you purchase any plan. Your provider must be a US-based company. Please notify Anne Marsh of appropriate coverage before August 10, or the college will purchase a plan on your behalf that will be billed to your student account.

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