“The unsung heroes in BC academic life are the professors. They care about all of their students and want to see them succeed.”
— Michelle Alty, Class of 2018, Physics
At Bridgewater College, you are not just a number: you are a valued member of a vibrant community. Small classes and a low student-faculty ratio help you make personal connections with your professors and receive the attention that will help you thrive academically and personally.
You will be challenged and pushed outside your comfort zone. Whether through undergraduate research, real-world internships and practicums, presentations at professional conferences, or independent study, you’ll find that academic life at Bridgewater is broad and invigorating.
May Term classes offer opportunities to explore special topics in the classroom or travel to destinations such as South Africa, Europe, and Los Angeles and connect your studies to real-world issues.
Many students choose to study abroad for a semester in countries such as Argentina, France, Germany, Ghana, Morocco, Spain, Thailand, Uruguay, and many more through the College’s study abroad programs.
Bridgewater students build connections with experienced faculty, develop the critical-thinking skills central to a liberal arts education, and go out into the community for hands-on experience. Whether you go on to graduate school or immediately begin a career, Bridgewater’s emphasis on personal development, reflective analysis, global awareness, and proficiency in your chosen field provide a solid foundation for personal and professional success after college.
As a residential college, Bridgewater offers everything from traditional dorms to apartment-style residences for upperclass students. It’s easy to get involved. Eagle Productions (the student-led entertainment programming board), BC Voice (the student media organization), student government, theatre productions, music ensembles, spiritual life groups, political affiliations, professional organizations, and honor societies are among the nearly 80 clubs and organizations on campus.
In addition, anyone can play in the College’s year-round intramural leagues—which include competition in more than 20 different sports—or participate in an active outdoor program, taking advantage of the College’s location in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Whatever your passions and interests, you’ll have the freedom to pursue them and make lasting friendships along the way. Students often describe Bridgewater as their second family.
The Bridgewater experience
Experience Bridgewater for yourself. To schedule a visit, check on upcoming open houses, or apply for admission, please visit bridgewater.edu or call 800-759-8328.
“I loved being part of Bridgewater’s Teacher Education Program because of the faculty’s commitment to the mission of training competent, caring, and highly qualified teachers. Classes involved extensive discussion and critical thinking regarding how to provide quality instruction for the diverse needs of students. Beginning early on in the program, Bridgewater allows its TEP candidates to experience the classroom firsthand through field experiences in local schools.”
— Emily Morris, Class of 2018
Spanish and Liberal Studies