A Message from Dr. Howard B. London, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Whether you are a visitor or a member of our community, I welcome you to our
campus and hope you will take time to discover the outstanding programs,
excellent facilities, and special people who call Bridgewater State University their intellectual home.
Bridgewater was a pioneer in public higher education in the United States. In 1840, Daniel Webster, John Quincy Adams, and Horace Mann founded the Bridgewater Normal School. In 1846, the college established its permanent home with the first building in America constructed for the purpose of training teachers.
BSU is now the comprehensive public college serving Southeastern Massachusetts. The largest of the Massachusetts state colleges, its enrollment numbers more than 9,700 students, with 300 full-time faculty and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The campus has grown to 240 acres and 30 buildings linked by a high-speed wireless voice, video, and data network.
While maintaining its historic focus on the preparation of teachers, Bridgewater State University today is a vibrant, wide-ranging intellectual community. It provides an array of degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Allied Studies, and the College of Business. The College of Graduate Studies offers many master's degree programs and certificates of advanced graduate study, as well as a joint doctoral program in educational leadership.
Bridgewater is a leader in the adoption of technology for instruction and administration. Through its extensive information technology resources, the college makes technology an integral component of teaching and learning and serves as a regional resource on technology in higher education, K-12, and government and business settings. In addition to enjoying a fully wireless campus, our students and faculty benefit from having cutting edge educational technology in all classrooms, and from extensive computer support services.
At Bridgewater, we encourage students to work closely with faculty in a variety of ways. Our Honors Program, Internships, Service-Learning, and Undergraduate Research programs help students to develop new skills, acquire new knowledge and apply their classroom learning with individual guidance from faculty. Outreach activities through the Center for Sustainability, the Center for the Advancement of Science Exploration, the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, Educator Resource and Enrichment Center, and the newly-formed Center for Entrepreneurship promote important collaboration between community groups and our faculty members and students.
I invite you to look through our academic programs and our Catalog to see the broad array of educational opportunities we offer.
Last Modified: August 9, 2011