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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.



year founded


largest four-year academic institution in Massachusetts


undergrad and grad students (fall 2021)


full-time faculty holding doctorates or other terminal degrees

Portraits of BSU presidents

Meet the campus leaders helping position BSU for the future


Students walk across BSU's sprawling campus

Under the leadership of President Clark, the university has implemented a unique strategic planning process with a central focus on student success and achievement.

A sculpture on BSU's campus

The institution's governing body is comprised of 11 citizens from the region and state. The Board is charged with reviewing and approving a range of academic and business matters, including the annual budget and student fees.

Student works overseas with children

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.

Two students studying together
In response to national and global statements of intolerance and bigotry and acts of violence, the Bridgewater State University community has come together to reaffirm its own values of diversity, inclusion and equality for all.
Representative speaks during a Minnock Center event

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.


European colonists, a Native American woman, and a Black Civil War soldier
Bridgewater is a regional catalyst for promoting civic responsibility and engagement for residents of Massachusetts and beyond.
Boyden Quad from above
Bridgewater is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Learn more about our accreditation and current certifications.