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About Us

Excellence in Education, Since 1840

Bridgewater State University isn’t just a place to get an education — it’s a place to belong.

Located just 30 miles from Boston, BSU has established itself over 180 years as a place to lay the groundwork for a rewarding career — to discover your own definition of success and gain the skills necessary to achieve it.

It's a place to make lifelong friends and take advantage of extraordinary opportunities — all for an unbeatable value.



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largest four-year academic institution in Massachusetts


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full-time faculty holding doctorates or other terminal degrees

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Since our founding, Bridgewater State has been committed to empowering individuals and instilling in our students and faculty a deep appreciation for advancing the public good.

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Our academic centers and institutes — representing a wide array of interests, scholarship and expertise — support the mission and goals of the university by enhancing research and scholarship and by fostering community outreach.


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BSU is a regional catalyst for promoting civic responsibility and engagement for residents of Massachusetts and beyond.
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Undergraduate Research
Paulina Aguilar sits in front of bear statue on BSU campus
Seeking Answers

International student finds her place as researcher

Social Justice
Jane Richard cuts a red ribbon in front of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice's new home/
A Home for Social Justice
Martin Richard Institute to occupy newly renovated Summer Street building
Sam Cushman stands in front of the bear statue she painted with images of native plants.
A Fresh Coat
Graduate student's creative touch transforms ECC bear statue
Social Justice
Students look at portraits on a table during Truth Tellers event
Art and Activism
Campus events encourage students to get involved now, not later
Cape Verde's president shakes hands with a BSU student as three other students look on.
Cape Verde President Visits
José Neves attends celebration of 20 years of collaboration with African nation
Alumni Profile
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'Best Decision'
Recent graduate reflects on his experience as a transfer student