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Home away from home

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.

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Your classes will have an average size of 19 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.

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.

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 approximately 60 majors and minors 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.

Our students come from all over the United States and the world, from a variety of backgrounds.

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.

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.

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
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Single, double, triple and/or quad rooms (Single rooms are reserved for upperclass students and those with special housing needs.)

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

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.

Submit Your Application

  • 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)
    • SAT or ACT — 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.**

Once you have been admitted and made the decision to attend Bridgewater College, you will need to do the following to finalize your acceptance:

  • Pay your reservation deposit of $300.00.
  • Submit a copy of the front page of your passport (photo page).
  • Complete the Certification of Finances Form which will be included in your acceptance letter.
  • Provide your foreign permanent address if different from the one used in your application.

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.

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 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


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