For First-Year Students
You should apply as a first-year student if you have never enrolled at another college or university after graduating from high school. Bridgewater State University is the college of choice for first-year students who are looking for a traditional New England campus setting that offers world-class learning opportunities both inside the classroom and beyond.
The incoming class of 2026 is one of the largest and most diverse cohorts of first-year students in our 181-year history. The class includes more than 1,550 new first-year students from more than two dozen different states; 33 percent identify as students of color or multiracial background.
We hope that you, too, will consider becoming a BSU Bear!
Fall Application Important Dates
Oct. 1: FAFSA available online
Nov. 15: Early Action deadline
Feb. 15: Priority deadline for regular decision
May 1: Enrollment deposit deadline
To apply under the Early Action Program, you must submit the application by Nov. 15. An official copy of your high school transcript(s) should follow shortly after so that a review of 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 during Early Action have until the May 1 Candidates Reply Date to respond to our offer.
Fall semester applications are due Feb. 15 (priority deadline).
Applications submitted after the Feb. 15 priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Notification of the admission decision on completed applications will be mailed within four weeks of completion and no later than April 1.
Spring semester (January) applications are due Nov. 1 (priority deadline). Applications submitted after the Nov. 1 priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.