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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Bridgewater College welcomes all applicants with a high school education or previous college experience, international students and those looking to re-enter college for preparation for a new career.

Admission to Bridgewater College is granted to those who present evidence of the ability to succeed in the academic and social atmosphere that the College expects. Applicants should exhibit the following criteria:

  1. Graduation from an accredited senior high school or secondary school—The program of courses completed in high school should include the following credits: four in English; two in one world language; three in college preparatory mathematics, to include algebra, geometry and algebra II; three in social studies and history; three in sciences to include a lab unit(s); and four in suitable electives. While the electives may be in vocational or non-academic subjects, it is recommended that they be in academic subjects such as English, science, mathematics and social studies. Applicants from Virginia high schools are encouraged to take a program leading to the Advanced Studies Diploma.
  2. Superior scholarship on the secondary school program completed—The grades or marks made on the high school or secondary school program and scores made on achievement tests covering the secondary school subjects should be high enough to give reasonable assurance of ability to do college work. Rank in the upper half of the graduating class is normally required. If an applicant ranks lower than the upper half, strong additional qualities need to be demonstrated in order to gain admission.
  3. A satisfactory score on a standardized test (SAT/ACT)—Students must submit official scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. Official scores may be submitted by the student’s high school or directly from the official testing center.
  4. Good character—Success in a liberal arts college depends not only upon the type and quality of secondary school program completed but also upon personal integrity, honesty and ethics. Applicants may be asked to submit references that testify to evidence of these qualities.
  5. Guidelines for students who are home-schooled—The Admissions Committee evaluates all students who are home-schooled for admission to Bridgewater College. The criteria for admission are essentially the same for all applicants in terms of SAT or ACT scores, recommendations and high school transcripts. The transcript can be obtained through your home-school association. If you are not associated with a specific organization, Bridgewater will accept a transcript put together by the home-schooling parent. A campus visit is highly recommended.
  6. Guidelines for applicants who have a GED—The Admissions Committee evaluates all students who have earned a GED. An SAT or ACT score is required for consideration in addition to recommendations in support of one’s application. A copy of the GED certificate must be submitted as well as a transcript of any completed high school coursework.

Freshman Admission

Students who anticipate graduating from high school and plan to directly enter Bridgewater College should apply for admission as a freshman. Apply online at bridgewater.edu/admissions. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall semester and January 15 for spring semester.

In addition to submitting the application form, all prospective students must submit the following supporting documents:

  1. The high school or secondary school transcript—The transcript should include the high school grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and the student’s rank within their senior class if available.
  2. Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)—Scores should be submitted through the official testing center or the student’s high school. Bridgewater’s SAT college code is 005069 and the ACT college code is 4342.

Applicants may also consider submitting the following materials as support items for their application:

  1. Written letters of recommendation—Students may submit written letters of recommendation from the following parties: guidance counselor, high school teachers, athletic coaches and community members that personally know the applicant.
  2. Personal statement—A brief personal statement providing additional information may be submitted. We are interested in knowing important things about the applicant that do not appear on transcripts or are not reflected by GPA or standardized test scores.

After the various data included in the application are received and evaluated, the applicant will receive a letter indicating acceptance, denial or the need for additional information. Inquiries from applicants are welcomed.

Students who have been accepted for admission must confirm their intention to enroll by making a $300 reservation deposit. The reservation deposit is applied to the entering semester charges for the upcoming year.

Fall Semester: The deposit is refundable if requested in writing before May 1. Students admitted after May 1 must make a deposit within 10 days after admission.

Spring Semester: The deposit is refundable if requested in writing before January 15. Students admitted after January 15 must make a deposit within 10 days after admission.

Enrolling students must present a written health report on a form supplied by the College. The form must be returned to the College before official registration can begin.

Transfer Admission

Students who have graduated from high school or have earned their GED and have attended a regionally accredited two- or four-year college are encouraged to apply for transfer student admission to Bridgewater College. Application forms are available at bridgewater.edu/admissions. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall semester and January 15 for spring semester.

Transfer students applying for admission must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.2 or above on all college-level work and be in good standing at the college they are attending. A maximum of 68 credit hours will be accepted from a two-year college.

Credentials collected for admission include:

  1. Official final high school transcript with graduation date
  2. Standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) for student with less than 26 transferable credit hours
  3. Dean’s Reference Form (available on BC’s website) from each institution of higher learning attended
  4. Official transcript from each institution of higher learning attended

Transcripts will be evaluated by the registrar on a course-by-course basis. Only work comparable to that offered at Bridgewater College in level, nature and discipline will be accepted for degree credit. Credit will be awarded only for those courses in which a grade of C or above has been earned. Bridgewater offers competitive scholarships and grants for transfer students. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.

Bridgewater College currently has Guaranteed Admission Agreements with three Virginia Community College System (VCCS) institutions—Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, Germanna Community College in Locust Grove and Fredericksburg, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. Bridgewater also has an agreement with Richard Bland College of The College of William & Mary in Petersburg.

Students who have been accepted for admission must confirm their intention to enroll by making a $300 reservation deposit. The reservation deposit is applied to the entering semester charges for the upcoming year.

Fall Semester: The deposit is refundable if requested in writing before May 1. Students admitted after May 1 must make a deposit within 10 days after admission.

Spring Semester: The deposit is refundable if requested in writing before January 15. Students admitted after January 15 must make a deposit within 10 days after admission.

Enrolling students must present a written health report on a form supplied by the College. The form must be returned to the College before official registration can begin.

International Student Admission

Bridgewater warmly welcomes students from around the world to experience the opportunities and personal attention the institution offers. To make the transition to the U.S. seamless, international students benefit from airport pick-up services; an orientation for international students; and assistance with immigration, academics, internships, and job and graduate school placements.

All non-U.S. citizens and nonpermanent residents of the U.S. go through the same process as all entering freshman and transfer students.

In addition, international applicants must provide evidence of English proficiency and documentation of sufficient financial resources. A deposit of $300 is required of all international students accepted for admission. The deposit must be paid before the I-20 is issued.

F-1 international students wishing to matriculate from undergraduate to graduate programs at Bridgewater College must follow all institutional and academic requirements for moving to a new degree level. A new I-20 will be issued after verification of financial support for one academic year is provided.

International students may submit their applications throughout the year, but the deadline is March 15 for fall admission (late August start) and January 15 for spring admission (late January start) of the same year. Late applications may be considered if space remains.

International students should submit the following documents when applying to Bridgewater College:

  1. A completed application form—online (no charge) or paper ($30)
  2. Official records from secondary school and post-secondary school, with English translations
  3. Certified bank statement verifying financial support for one academic year
  4. English language proficiency results with the following minimum scores: TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 79 (Internet-based); IELTS: 6.5; PTE: 60. For graduate admissions, TOEFL of 573 (PBT), 89 (internet-based) or IELTS 6.5. No category— reading, listening, speaking or writing—can be below 22 in the iBT.
  5. Personal Statement (250-word minimum) written in English
  6. Photocopy of front page (photo page) of passport
  7. For transfer students: a Dean’s Reference Form from each U.S. college or university
  8. For transfer students: a World Education Services evaluation for all previous college or university coursework

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements may be conditionally admitted to Bridgewater College, provided they enroll in and successfully complete an approved English language training program.

All F-1 international students will be required to prove they have sufficient health insurance coverage from a U.S.-based provider before registering for classes for the first time.