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About Bridgewater State

Bridgewater State University is a public, state school located in the suburban setting of Bridgewater, MA, less than an hour from Boston.

Founded in 1840, the institution currently enrolls around 10,651 students a year, including 9,028 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Bridgewater State's endowment was valued at $45,369,743 in 2021.

Admissions Facts About Bridgewater State

Acceptance rate: 82%

Average GPA: 3.23

Mean ACT score: 22

Mean SAT score: 1050

Does not offer early decision.

Offers early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Bridgewater State is February 15

All regular decision applicants should hear back December 15.

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Bridgewater State Acceptance Rate 2021

Bridgewater State is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Around 82 percent of all applicants are admitted to Bridgewater State each year. In 2021, Bridgewater State admitted 7,865 of the 9,555 people who applied.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.23 out of 4.0. Admitted students have a mean score of 1050 on the SAT. The mean ACT scores is 22.

Bridgewater State reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Bridgewater State a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 1,506 students who started at Bridgewater State as first-time freshman, 539 graduate within four years.

Bridgewater State's six-year graduation for undergrads is 59 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 80 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $37,800 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $32,725 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Bridgewater State sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Bridgewater State a good school for YOU?

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All applicants will receive an admissions decision by December 15.

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College Info

45 Plymouth St Bridgewater, MA 02325

Campus Setting: Suburban

Bridgewater State Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bridgewater State is Feb 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bridgewater State is Aug 1.

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


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Bridgewater State ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Bridgewater State SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

490 - 570


Reading SAT Range

500 - 580

Bridgewater State Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bridgewater State is like? There are approximately 10,990 students enrolled at Bridgewater State, including 9,504 undergraduate students and 1,486 graduate students. 83% percent of students attend school full-time, 96% percent are from MA and 4% percent of students are from other states.


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