Apply for Undergraduate Admission

BSU offers a variety of ways for undergraduate students to take classes and complete a degree. If you are interested in earning a degree during the day, follow the steps below.

First-Year Applicants

First-year candidates for admission should complete a secondary school course of study (or equivalent) which includes the following college preparatory units:

 Requirements for first year college students
SubjectRequirement
English4 Courses
Mathematics4 courses (Algebra I & II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school
Sciences3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/ Engineering), including 3 courses with laboratory work
Social Sciences2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
Foreign Languages2 courses (in a single language)
Electives2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts & Humanities or Computer Sciences)

Bridgewater State University follows the admissions standards as outlined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. First-year applicants must also 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 provided; however, students are encouraged to attend one of the Information Sessions we offer throughout the year.

Essay: Though an essay is not required to be submitted with your application for admission, it is encouraged. You may choose a topic from the list below:

  1. Discuss your academic interest and career goals and describe your view of how Bridgewater State University can facilitate your success.
  2. Describe an achievement or award, a significant experience, or a difficult challenge you feel has been an important demonstration of personal accomplishment.
  3. Any topic of your choice including those associated with the Common Application.

Early Action

To apply under the Early Action Program, an applicant must submit the application by November 15. Supporting documents, such as transcript(s), and SAT/ACT scores, should follow shortly after so that a review of the the application can occur.

Completed Early Action applicants are notified of the admission decision by mid-December. Applicants are either offered admission, or the decision is deferred and the application is reviewed again during the Regular Decision process. First-year applicants offered admission under the Early Action Program have until the May 1 Candidates Reply Date to respond to our offer.

Regular Decision

  • Fall semester applications are due February 15 (priority deadline).
    Applications submitted after the February 15th priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Notification of the admission decision on completed applications will be mailed no later than April 1.
  • Spring semester (January) applications are due November 1 (priority deadline).
    Applications submitted after the November 1 priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Apply to BSU

We have made it even easier to apply to Bridgewater State University! Starting Spring 2019 you may apply using the Common Application or the BSU Online Application.

If you are applying for Fall 2018, please use the BSU Online Application.

BSU Online Application

If you have already set up an account, login.

To create your account and start your application, click the apply now button!

 

Apply via the BSU Application

The Common Application

Bridgewater State University is excited to be a new member of the Common Application. If you have already started your Common App, you may simply add BSU to your list of schools! If you haven’t started your Common Application yet, click the button below to get started.

Apply via the Common Application
 

 

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants work with Bridgewater to transfer college credits and establish the correct academic status upon admission. Transfer students may begin in the fall (September), spring (January) or summer (May). Transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of their previous college work and must provide an official transcript from each college attended. Transfer applicants are encouraged to visit Transfer Central. To be eligible for admission, transfer students should have earned one of the following:

  • 12 - 23 transferable college credits and a 2.5 college GPA or
  • 24 transferable college credits and a 2.0 GPA
  • Second Degree Option: You may be admitted to the college to pursue an additional bachelor's degree in a field of study substantially different from your initial degree program if you have earned a bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University or at another accredited institution. Note: Second bachelor degree candidates are subject to transfer admission deadlines. More information on completing a second bachelor's degree can be found in the university catalog under Undergraduate Admissions.

Please note that these are minimum grade point averages and do not guarantee admission. For Transfer candidates that have less than 24 credit hours and do not meet the above guidelines, high school transcripts and standardized test scores may be submitted to be considered for admission.

Transcripts must be sent DIRECTLY from your previous college(s) addressed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Bridgewater State University Welcome Center, 45 Plymouth Street, Bridgewater, MA 02325.

  • To apply for the fall semester the priority deadline is August 1, to apply for the spring semester, the priority deadline is November 1. Applications submitted after the priority deadline are considered on a space available basis.

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).

At least one half of a student's academic major as well as a minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed at Bridgewater. All students are required to fill the Core Curriculum.

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.

MassTransfer Program

If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the new MassTransfer program makes the process easier. 

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.

For participants in the MassTransfer program, the Bridgewater State University application fee is waived. For additional information on this program, please visit the MassTransfer section on Transfer Central.

Apply to BSU

We have made it even easier to apply to Bridgewater State University! Starting with the Spring 2019 term, you may apply by using either the Common Application or the BSU Online Application.

If you are applying for Fall 2018, please use the BSU Online Application.

BSU Online Application

If you have already set up an account, login.

To create your account and start your application, click the apply now button!

 

Apply via the BSU Application

The Common Application

Bridgewater State University is excited to be a new member of the Common Application. If you have already started your Common App, you may simply add BSU to your list of schools! If you haven’t started your Common Application yet, click the button below to get started.

Apply via the Common Application
 

 

International Students

Bridgewater welcomes international applicants and recommends that international students begin the application process at least eight months prior to the semester for which they are applying.

International students should submit an Affidavit of Financial Support Form in addition to the Undergraduate Admission Application. 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. Financial assistance is not available for international students through Bridgewater.

Undergraduate Admissions Information for International Students (pdf)
Affidavit of Financial Support Form (pdf)
Immunization Letter (pdf)
Higher Education Immunization Requirements for International Visitors (pdf)
Higher Education Immunization Form for International Visitors (pdf)
SEVIS Transfer Eligibility Verification Form for International Transfer Students (Visa Clearance Form) (pdf)

Apply to BSU

We have made it even easier to apply to Bridgewater State University! Starting with the Spring 2019 term, you may apply by using either the Common Application or the BSU Online Application.

If you are applying for Fall 2018, please use the BSU Online Application.

BSU Online Application

If you have already set up an account, login.

To create your account and start your application, click the apply now button!

 

Apply via the BSU Application

The Common Application

Bridgewater State University is excited to be a new member of the Common Application. If you have already started your Common App, you may simply add BSU to your list of schools! If you haven’t started your Common Application yet, click the button below to get started.

Apply via the Common Application
 

 


If you are interested in undergraduate certificate programs, degree-completion programs, night programs, and online programs―or in taking courses at our Attleboro or Cape Cod campuses―we invite you to learn more about those offerings through BSU’s College of Continuing Studies.