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Bridgewater College

Developing Intellectually, Socially and Ethically

Learning at Bridgewater reaches far beyond the classroom...and far beyond the academic.


Bridgewater College is an independent, private liberal arts college founded in 1880 and was the first private coeducational college in Virginia. Located only two hours southwest of the Washington, D.C. metro area, Bridgewater has a total enrollment of nearly 1,850 students and offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors, along with multiple areas of emphasis and concentrations, pre-professional programs such as medicine and law, dual degree programs and teacher certification.


Learning at Bridgewater reaches far beyond the classroom...and far beyond the academic. Students develop not only intellectually, but also socially and ethically. Grounded in the liberal arts, students at Bridgewater College learn about a variety of disciplines, enabling them to become articulate, analytical and assertive. They are challenged by rigorous academics in a close-knit community and collaborate with faculty to create personalized and unique learning experiences.

With approximately 60 social, cultural, religious, and academic clubs and organizations, there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved on campus, and nearly a third of the student body participates in intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level.

The vibrant 300-acre residential campus is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and offers students the best of both worlds, with a safe, small college town to call home and the excitement of larger cities including Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Washington, D.C., and Richmond an easy drive away.

Bridgewater is committed to cultivating the full potential of its students to excel in all areas of life. Academic excellence, service, ethical values and a strong community shape the Bridgewater experience.


College Affordability

Many of our incoming students are surprised to learn that their annual out-of-pocket cost is comparable to a four-year public school. In 2013-2014, Bridgewater College provided more than $31 million in academic scholarships and institutional need-based grants.

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