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About BC

Bridgewater College is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Bridgewater, Virginia. BC was founded in 1880 and now enrolls around 1,597 students a year, including 1,552 undergrads. BC offers on-campus housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at BC! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of BC's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? BC students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at BC, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? BC has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at BC on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at BC on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to BC for Fall 2022 is May 1.

2021 BC Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 83%
Tuition $37,500

Is BC a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at to get a clearer idea of what BC offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

BC Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into BC. Around 76% of applicants get into BC each year. Out of 3,684 applications received in 2021, 2,805 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at BC

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 71% of students who start at BC return the next year. Around 63% of students who started at BC earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook BC Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 28% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent BC grads have an average starting salary of $35,297 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

BC's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $91.9 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, BC spends about $7,264 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at BC

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. BC meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend BC full-time are awarded $36,157 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $31,388 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at BC. Based on this information, how does BC sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is BC a good school for you?

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Where is Bridgewater College Located?

BC is located in the small town setting of Bridgewater, Virginia.

If you want to see BC for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Bridgewater, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Shenandoah Valley Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what BC and Bridgewater are like without leaving home.

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College Info

402 East College Street Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599

Campus Setting: Small Town

BC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BC is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to BC is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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BC ACT Scores


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17 - 27

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980 - 1158


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490 - 580


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Wondering what life at BC is like? There are approximately 1,597 students enrolled at BC, including 1,552 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from VA and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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