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Bridgewater College

Bridgewater, VA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate90%

BC Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Bridgewater College. The college admitted 90% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 3,402 students applied to Bridgewater College and 3,074 were admitted.

If you are thinking about applying to Bridgewater College, the regular decision application deadline is August 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Bridgewater College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Bridgewater College's admissions stats.

Bridgewater College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16.5%
Mean SAT Score 1129
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
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
Regular Decision Yes 8 1

Considering Applying Early to Bridgewater College?

Bridgewater College does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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

Bridgewater College accepts about 9% of early action applicants and 90% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Bridgewater College admitted 913 of the 1,15 who applied early action.

Some students apply early because they hope it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bridgewater College Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to BC?

Getting into BC is moderately difficult. BC evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, BC accepted 90% of all applicants, around 3,074 from 3,402 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like BC, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Bridgewater College

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

For Students Waitlisted to Bridgewater College

In 2022, Bridgewater College waitlisted 55 students and 4 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 2 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Bridgewater College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding 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 assembling 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Bridgewater College

What does Bridgewater College 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 Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

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

Bridgewater College Application Requirements

To apply to Bridgewater College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Bridgewater College'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 Bridgewater College?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 66% submitted a class rank. At Bridgewater College 16.5% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 43% were in the top 25% and 74.9% 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 30.8%
3.75 and 3.99 17.3%
3.50 and 3.74 15.4%
3.25 and 3.49 14.9%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 1.6%

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 Bridgewater College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

Bridgewater College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 24% of Bridgewater College'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 Bridgewater College?

To be competitive with other Bridgewater College applicants, you should strive to score between 1033 and 1245 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bridgewater College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1245 and 25% of scored lower than 1033, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Bridgewater College student is 1129.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bridgewater College students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bridgewater College students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

To be most competitive at Bridgewater College, you should strive to earn between 22 and 28 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 28 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bridgewater College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 28, and three out of four students scored lower than 28 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bridgewater College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Bridgewater College

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

Transfer students can enroll in Bridgewater College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Bridgewater College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bridgewater College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bridgewater College.

Does Bridgewater College accept transfer credits?

✅ Bridgewater College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Bridgewater College accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Bridgewater College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bridgewater College?

❌ No, Bridgewater College is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to include your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Bridgewater College's acceptance rate?

✅ Bridgewater College has an acceptance rate of 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bridgewater College?

❌ Bridgewater College does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Bridgewater College?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Bridgewater College was 9% 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 90%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


BC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to BC is Aug 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1033 - 1245


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1245 and Above


1033 to 1245


1033 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for BC students is 1129. Applicants with SAT scores of 1245 and above have a good chance of being admitted to BC, while applicants with SAT scores between 1033 to 1245 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1033 have a low chance of being offered a spot at BC.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At BC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. 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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Application Deadline

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