Bridgewater State College: Narrative Description

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Bridgewater, MA 02325-0001
Tel: (508)531-1000
Admissions: (508)531-1237
Fax: (508)531-1707
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Massachusetts Public Higher Education System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1840. Setting: 235-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $11.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $3836 per student. Total enrollment: 9,626. Faculty: 494 (261 full-time, 233 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 5,540 applied, 72% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 66% from top half. Full-time: 6,247 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 1,350 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 28 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 5% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 16% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at 8 members of the Southeastern Association for Cooperation in Higher Education in Massachusetts, 9 members of the College Academic Program Sharing. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 11/15 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $910 full-time, $38 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7050 full-time, $294 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $4386 full-time, $181 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $6512. College room only: $4048. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 76 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, coed fraternities; 3% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Children's Developmental Clinic, Student Government Association, Afro-American/Latino Club, Program Committee. Major annual events: Homecoming, Springfest, Parents' Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 2,045 students; 2,220 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Clement Maxwell Library with 326,662 books, 756,874 microform titles, 1,100 serials, 10,590 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $788,068. 780 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:

This largely residential, colonial town, 30 miles southeast of Boston, has among its manufactures, shoes, leather-board, nails, and bricks. Extensive excavations by archaeologists have revealed the remains of two Indian civilizations in the area. Boston provides the area with all the cultural, and recreational advantages of a large city.

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