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A Snapshot of BSU

Founded in 1840

Bridgewater State University was founded by Horace Mann, the father of American education, driven by his belief in education as the great equalizer for all citizens. Today, Bridgewater State University has over 10,000 current students and over 70,000 alumni in all 50 states.

Boyden Quad from above

Located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts:

39 buildings on 278 acres

10th largest four-year college or university in Massachusetts

11 residence halls and 1 student apartment on campus. (Housing available for undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students.)

We have our own T stop

Satellite campuses in Attleboro, Cape Cod and New Bedford


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Our Faculty

Faculty Ethnicities: Asian 9%, Black 4%, Hispanic, 2%, Native American 1%, White 74%, Other/Mixed 10%Faculty Teaching


BSU has approximately 3,000 courses in more than 100 areas of study, and is recognized as one of the best universities in the nation for outstanding undergraduate research offerings. BSU is also named one of the top Fulbright-producing institutions. In 2020, BSU was ranked among Money's Best Colleges. These accomplishments show Bridgewater can match the learning experiences students have at private universities.

BSU also offers over 250 study abroad programs in more than 50 different countries. 40% of students participate in internships, and 93% of BSU graduates secure jobs or enroll in graduate school within six months to a year after graduation.

Our Colleges:

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Student Life at BSU

School Colors: Crimson and White

Mascot: Bristaco the Bear

Over 90 Student Clubs and Organizations

Bridgewater State University student athletes compete at the NCAA Division III Level and are members of ECAC, MASCAC, and the Little East

  • 22 NCAA Division III teams for men and women
  • 9 club sports
  • 14 intramural sports
BSU Brockton ribbon cutting
BSU celebrates the opening of its office in Brockton High School

Our Commitment to Equality

  • BSU ranks among the top 36 four-year, public higher education institutions in the nation on how it serves black students, according to a University of Southern California Race and Equity Center study.
  • BSU has been recognized for rising rates of graduation for Bridgewater students overall, and for closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students of low-income, Pell Grant-eligible families, students of color and male students.
  • BSU was ranked by Education Reform Now as the second leading university in Massachusetts for making a social mobility impact on students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and identities.
  • BSU has been ranked among the top 40 Best Colleges for LGBTQ students by College Choice.


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Student Demographics

Total Enrollment

  • Undergraduate students: 9,028
  • Graduate students: 1,623
  • Total Enrollment: 10,651
    *Fall 2020 numbers

Applicants: 9,555

Accepted: 7,865

Enrolled: 1,389

*Fall 2020 numbers

Bachelor’s degrees: 1,897

Master’s degrees: 425

Post-Master’s Certificates: 18

Total degrees awarded: 2,434

*2019-2020 academic year


Six-year undergraduate graduation rate: 59%

BSU FACTBOOK 2019-2020

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Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2019-2020
The Factbook is a profile of Bridgewater State University - a snapshot of official census counts, taken four weeks into the Fall semester. The link below pertains to the most recent Factbook (Academic Year 2019-2020).

Factbook 2019-2020 (PDF)

“Students were forbidden to fraternize with the opposite sex; the consequence was expulsion. Slavery was legal. Women couldn’t vote. Martin Van Buren was soon to lose his bid for re-election to the presidency....Into this world view, in a small town in Southeastern Massachusetts, a band of pioneers set their sights on educational reform. One name, in particular, stands tall. It was his vision, his drive, his perseverance and his belief in education as the great equalizer for all citizens that spearheaded the launch of the commonwealth’s normal schools—Horace Mann, the father of American education. From humble beginnings, the Bridgewater Normal School evolved from a one-room schoolhouse located in the old town hall with 28 students to Bridgewater State University with its 270-acre campus serving more than 10,000 students."

Source: Not to be Ministered Unto, But to Minister: Bridgewater State University 1840-2010 by Thomas R. Turner

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