Freshman candidates for admission should complete a secondary school course of study, or equivalent preparation, which is compatible with the goals and objectives of the college. The secondary program should include the following college preparatory units: four units of English, three units of mathematics, three science units, two units of history/social science, two units of the same foreign language, and two college preparatory elective units. Bridgewater State University follows the admissions standards as outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
Freshman applicants must submit the results of the SAT I: Reasoning Test or the ACT. Students whose native language is not English may submit the TOEFL or the SAT II English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). Interviews are not required; however, students are encouraged to attend one of our Information Sessions which are held throughout the year.
Freshman applicants for the fall semester must submit their completed application by February 15. Notification of the Admission decision will be mailed by April 15. Candidates for January admission must submit the application by November 1.
Bridgewater State University requires all freshmen students to have a notebook computer. This requirement applies to all full-time freshmen. For more information on this requirement please visit the BSU notebook computer program website.
To apply under the Early Action Program an applicant needs to have taken the SAT I or ACT on or before the November test dates and will need to have the application complete and transcripts on file in our Admission Office by November 15.
Early Action applicants are notified of the decision on their applications by mid-December. Applicants are either offered admission, denied admission, or the decision is deferred and the application is reviewed again during the Regular Decision process in the spring. Freshmen offered admission under the Early Action Program have until the May 1 Candidates Reply Date to respond to our offer.
Transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of their previous college work and must provide an official transcript from each college attended. To be eligible for admission, transfer students must have earned one of the following:
Transfer candidates that do not meet the above guidelines are evaluated on the basis of the freshmen requisites and are required to submit their high school transcripts and standardized test scores, if applicable. Please note that these are merely minimum grade point averages and do not guarantee admission.
Most courses are acceptable in transfer from accredited two- and four-year institutions. If the courses do not satisfy specific subject requirements at Bridgewater, they will be accepted for elective course credit. A minimum grade of C- is necessary for the transfer of credit. For access to information on how credit from your home institution will transfer to Bridgewater State University visit B.E.A.R.S (Bridgewater Equivalency and Articulation Report System).
Transfer applicants who would like additional information about the transfer process are encouraged to visit our Transfer Central.
Students may also transfer to Bridgewater State University from a collaboration of institutions that participate in the CONNECT program. CONNECT is a partnership of public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts including Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Massasoit Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. One of CONNECT's primary missions is to ease the transfer process for students among the participating institutions.
Transfer applicants for the fall semester should submit the completed application and fee by April 1 (November 1 for January). Transfer applicants will be evaluated for admission on the basis of their previous college academic record and must provide an official transcript from each college attended. Transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from your previous college(s) addressed to the OFFICE OF ADMISSION at Bridgewater. Applicants with less than 24 semester hours of transferable credit, must also submit an official high school transcript and the results of the SAT I or ACT.
All transfer students are required to fulfill the Core Curriculum. Also, at least one half of a student's academic major as well as a minimum of thirty semester hours must be completed at Bridgewater.
All transfer students are required to have a notebook computer. For more information on this requirement please visit the BSU notebook computer program website.
Bridgewater State University participates with the fifteen Massachusetts Community Colleges in the Joint Admission Program. Joint Admissions guarantees the admission of students from the community colleges upon completion of designated transfer associate degree programs. Students must graduate with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) to be eligible. Joint Admissions students who graduate from the community college with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are also eligible for a tuition discount under the Tuition Advantage Program. Interested Massachusetts community college students are urged to contact their transfer counselor for an application and details. Please note that students must check off the Joint Admissions box on the Bridgewater State University regular application for admission. As a participant in the Joint Admission program, the Bridgewater State University application fee is waived. To receive the benefits of the Joint Admissions Program, students are required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus by fall 2014
Important Deadline Dates for Joint Admissions to Bridgewater State University:
|Fall Entrance||Spring Entrance|
|Priority Application Deadline||March 1||November 1|
File Completion Deadline
|April 15||December 15|
Students can download the Joint Admissions Intent to Enroll Form through the link below:
Bridgewater State University also participates in the MassTransfer Program. If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the new MassTransfer program will make the process easier. For complete and detailed information visit the Department of Higher Education's website
MassTransfer has two main purposes:
- To provide community college students who complete associate degrees and enroll in linked MassTransfer Programs with full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a tuition discount (each based on final GPA); and
- To Provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the MassTransfer Block, the benefit of satisfying the core (general education) requirements at any other public higher education institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses.
The MassTransfer Block refers to a set of core (general education ) requirements, consisting of 34 college-level credits. These credits, when completed together with a 2.0 or higher GPA, fully transfer to any Massachusetts public higher education institution, even if you don't have your associate's degree. These credits also satisfy the core (general education) requirements at any other Massachusetts public higher education institution, with the receiving institution being able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses
As a participant in the MassTransfer program, the Bridgewater State University application fee is waived. For additional information on this program please visit the MassTransfer section at Bridgewater State College's Transfer Central.
Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the evening should apply using the Evening Application. Bridgewater offers evening degree programs in Accounting and Finance, Art, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Management, Psychology and Sociology. Students may mix evening and Distance Education courses in pursuit of a degree program.
Evening students may choose from three evening applications: new freshman, transfer or joint admissions. Please review the admission requirements for freshman, transfer and joint admissions listed on this page to determine the application which best describes your status.
International students should begin the application process at least eight months prior to the semester for which they are applying. There is an Affidavit of Financial Support Form in addition to the Undergraduate Admission Application that must be submitted. Students are asked to submit official transcripts and credentials in English. Students for whom English is a second language must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and results of the SAT I: Reasoning Test or the ACT. There is no financial assistance available for international students at Bridgewater.
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Former Bridgewater students who left in good academic standing and wish to return or students who were separated from the college because of academic deficiency must reapply through the Office of Admission. Official transcripts of any course work attempted after leaving Bridgewater must be provided. The deadline for re-application is December 1 for the Spring Semester and June 1 for the Fall Semester.
Readmission/Reinstatement Application Form
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Additional information may be requested by filing out an online request form, writing the Office of Admissions at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA 02325, or by calling (508) 531-1237.
Last Modified: June 20, 2012