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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate75%
Acceptance Rate75%

BC Admissions

If you are applying to BC, the regular decision application deadline is May 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

BC Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of BC's admissions stats.

BC 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15.9%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist Yes

Bridgewater College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bridgewater College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 December 1

Want to Apply Early to BC?

BC does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. BC will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

BC accepts around 92% of early action applicants and 75% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, BC admitted 761 of the 828 who applied early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bridgewater College Admissions

Transferring to Bridgewater College

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to BC

In 2022, BC waitlisted 35 students and 9 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 2 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does BC Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at BC

What does BC consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Talent/Ability Important
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with BC for more information on admission factors.

BC 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to BC, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with BC's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into BC?

Students admitted to BC have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. BC considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 71% submitted a class rank. At BC 15.9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 38.9% were in the top 25% and 73.1% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bridgewater College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 28.6%
3.75 and 3.99 14.8%
3.50 and 3.74 14.1%
3.25 and 3.49 14.1%
3.00 and 3.24 14.1%
2.50 and 2.9 13.3%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to BC directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

BC considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

BC has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 17% of BC's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for BC?

To be competitive with other BC applicants, you should aim to score between 1070 and 1250 (or higher!) on the SAT. At BC 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1250 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of BC students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 545 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of BC students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 545 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for BC?

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Bridgewater College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to BC. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in BC during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

BC Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to BC?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to BC.

Does BC accept transfer credits?

✅ BC accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. BC accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does BC accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ BC accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to BC?

❌ No, BC is test optional, so you can choose whether to submit your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is BC's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for BC is 75%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at BC?

❌ BC does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at BC?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at BC was 92% in 2021.

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BC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into BC? BC is a somewhat selective institution. The BC acceptance rate is 75%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.


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

BC ACT Scores


ACT Range

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BC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

545 - 620


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At BC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.61. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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