#10 Best Public Universities in Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

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Bridgewater State University overview
Location Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Online bridgew.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Bridgewater State University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Bridgewater State University, nestled in the historic town of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, is a public institution that traces its roots back to 1840 when it was founded as Bridgewater Normal School. Approximately 30 miles south of Boston, the university offers a traditional New England campus experience with a mix of classical and modern architectural styles and provides housing options for students on its suburban campus. With a moderately selective admissions process, Bridgewater State offers a diverse array of undergraduate programs, with notable emphasis on education, aviation, criminal justice, and business management. While the university offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, it also supports a variety of NCAA Division III athletic teams, known as the Bears, although it is not primarily distinguished by its athletic programs.

In the most recent statistical year 8,807 prospective students applied, and 7,725 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,570 enrolled in the school.  7,025 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,579 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $910 plus fees of $10,141. Bridgewater State is ranked 674 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bridgewater State is rated within the lower 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Bridgewater State University overview
SAT 1030/1210
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.21

Applications Accepted

Bridgewater State University overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Massachusetts Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Bridgewater State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$10,141
Room and Board $14,162
Budget for Other Expenses$3,100
Total One Year Cost$29,313

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Bridgewater State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$10,141
Room and Board $14,162
Budget for Other Expenses$3,100
Total One Year Cost$35,453

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

52% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bridgewater State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 17%
Business 15%
Psychology 12%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 10%
English and Literature 8%

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