You Decide.

A guide for prospective students
and lifelong learners

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Meet Bridgewater State University…

Great learning opportunities and a gorgeous campus, accessible professors and flexible programs… Is Bridgewater right for you? You tell us.



Year founded: 1840, by Horace Mann

Our campus today: 272 acres and 38 buildings

100 percent wireless with more than 1,000 hotspots

Students today: approx. 12,000 (undergraduate & graduate)

Alumni network: 50,000 strong and growing

Stature: largest state university in Massachusetts, with five colleges

Full-time faculty holding doctorates or other terminal degrees: 92 percent

Teacher preparation: trains more science and math teachers than any other institution in the state

Distance from Boston: 28 miles with a dedicated T stop

Areas of study: more than 90, including the only undergraduate aviation degree program in the Northeast

Student clubs & organizations: 95 and counting

NCAA Division III varsity sports teams: 21

Hours of volunteer service per year: nearly 24,000 (students, faculty and staff combined)

Number of degrees awarded: 2,100 in 2011 (third highest amongst all Massachusetts public institutions)

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More choices…

With more than 90 areas of study to explore, you can discover what you love and decide where you’re going.

Accounting & Finance

Prepare to excel in the dynamic world of domestic or international finance and taxation, investment banking or financial planning.

Special Education & Communication Disorders

Make a difference as an educator helping students with disabilities, improving their self-respect, self-sufficiency and love of life.

Julia LaMotte, ’13


The minute I set foot on campus, I knew Bridgewater was the school for me. As a resident student and then a commuter, I’ve always found ways to get involved and feel connected. It’s easy to find people with common interests. Most important, this has been a great place to start my career in child psychology. Thanks to BSU, I won a Killam Fellowship and had the opportunity to travel and speak with Fulbright Scholars who are doing what I want to do. It was amazing to hear their stories and realize all the possibilities that lie ahead.

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More experiences…

You’ll learn things from life you won’t learn in a classroom, so get out there – with hands-on projects, internships, travel and more.

Study abroad

Thirsting for adventure? You can pursue your studies almost anywhere around the globe through a study tour or semester abroad.

Funded undergraduate research

Examine your subject in depth, produce a polished paper — and you may find yourself presenting at a national conference.

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More life…

Bridgewater’s campus is a lively and supportive community, with the services you need and activities that will expand your horizons.


Join the conversation: #bsulife, #off2bsu

Residents & commuters

Whether you live on campus or travel here each day, you’ll have countless opportunities to get involved and make yourself at home.

Clubs & activities

BSU has more than 95 thriving student organizations, from cultural groups to anime and yoga. Don’t see one you like? Start something new!

More connections…

Your professors will be your most valuable resource – as mentors, advisers, guides and collaborators.


Dr. Thomas Quimby, whose adventure education programs are popular with audiences from Outward Bound teenagers to corporate executives, uses the on-campus Challenge Course to teach adventure education to his students at Bridgewater. (Associate professor: Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies)

Pioneer in her field

As artist-in-residence at Utah’s Zion National Park, Professor Mary Dondero lived in its canyons for a month and turned her experience into art by creating a series of 40 landscapes to reflect questions of identity and promote environmental preservation. (Associate professor: Department of Art)


More possibilities…

College is a great experience, but the point is to prepare you for everything that’s next — and we do.


Test out a career, develop crucial life skills, apply what you’ve learned to real-world situations and begin building a professional network.

More you.

Bridgewater State University is defined by the exceptional people who have chosen us – from students and faculty members to staff, administration and friends. Visit our campus and experience it for yourself.