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Study at Bridgewater State College

Founded in 1840, Bridgewater State College, BSC, is a public liberal arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. It is the largest of the state's nine state colleges outside of the University of Massachusetts system. BSC has two campuses:

  • East Campus
  • West Campus
BSC is one of the few public colleges in the U. S. to have its own commuter train station (MBTA) located directly on the campus grounds. Bridgewater State's mascot is the bear which is nicknamed Bristaco Bear. The sports teams of BSC compete at the NCAA Division III Level. They are a member institution in the ECAC, MASCAC, Little East and the NEFC.

Bridgewater State College has its own student-run radio station, 91. 5 WBIM FM and a newspaper called The Comment.

Profile of Bridgewater State College

Bridgewater State is in a large suburb, in Bridgewater, MA. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Bridgewater State earn degrees up to the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at the school than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at Bridgewater State include mathematics, education and teaching, and therapy and Counselling.

Bridgewater State Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 450 to 550 for students at Bridgewater State. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 460 and 560.


Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members. Faculty salaries at Bridgewater State are higher than most.

Student Enrolment

The school, in 2007, had 9, 934 students (8, 175 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at the school belong to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Association and New England Football Conference for major sports.

Bridgewater State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching622elementary school teaching, special ed, educational administration, early childhood education, English teaching, physical education teaching, math teaching, reading teaching, . . .
Therapy and Counselling236psychology, communication disorders, child psychology, mental health Counselling, organizational psychology, mental and social health services, medical psychology
Business and Management229business management, accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, MIS, organizational behavior, international business, . . .
Liberal Arts218history, English, sociology, creative writing, geography, political science, economics, Spanish language, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement132criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and administration, criminology
Family and Social Work100social work, public administration
Media99communication studies, communication and journalism
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy75exercise science, kinesiotherapy, health and physical education, parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer, health and fitness, recreation and leisure studies, sports and fitness management
Science61biomedical sciences, geology, chemistry courses, environmental biology, biology, physics courses, biochemistry, physics, . . .
Design27graphic design
Transportation24commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Fine Arts23fine arts, crafts and folk art, art history and criticism, fine arts studies
Computer Science and Engineering12computer science
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Law7legal studies, pre-law
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, ethics
Science and Laboratory Technician2science tech
Architecture and Planning1urban planning
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art, photography

Contact: Bridgewater State

Bridgewater State College

131 Summer Street

Bridgewater, MA 02325

General Phone: (508) 531-1000


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