Bridgewater College: Narrative Description

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402 East College St.
Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599
Tel: (540)828-8000
Free: 800-759-8328
Admissions: (540)828-5375
Fax: (540)828-5481
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Church of the Brethren. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1880. Setting: 190-acre small town campus. Endowment: $47.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6013 per student. Total enrollment: 1,532. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,579 applied, 85% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 43% from top quarter, 79% from top half. 12 valedictorians, 146 student government officers. Full-time: 1,519 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 13 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 9 other countries, 23% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 1% 25 or older, 83% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $27,790 includes full-time tuition ($18,990) and college room and board ($8800). College room only: $4465. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $620 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 42 open to all. Most popular organizations: Eagle Productions, pep band, Oratorio Choir, Baptist Student Union, Brethren Student Fellowship. Major annual events: Spring Carnival, Homecoming, May Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 1,308 college housing spaces available; 1,256 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Alexander Mack Memorial Library with 138,020 books, 411,972 microform titles, 650 serials, 9,188 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $716,165. 160 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Bridgewater is located in the Shenandoah Valley, seven miles south of Harrisonburg. The community facilities include churches, banks, restaurants, parks, museums, and shops. The city, its suburbs and the surrounding area offer entertainment, fine dining experiences, a shopping mall, libraries, a hospital, historic towns, civil war battlefields, the George Washington National Forest, the Massanutten Four Seasons Resort, the Shenandoah Regional Airport, various civic organizations, and events at James Madison University Convocation Center. The College is conveniently located 10 minutes from Harrisonburg, 50 minutes from Charlottesville, an hour and 40 minutes from Roanoke and approximately 2 hours from Richmond or Washington, D.C.

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