News Feature

Newly Arrived Students Break Record

Incoming class size hits high of roughly 1,630

back to school graphicReturning Bridgewater State University students know every day is a great day to be a Bear. Now, a record number of freshmen are discovering just how true that saying is.

The university is welcoming about 1,630 incoming first-time students this fall, up from a previous high of 1,584 in 2007. Entering classes have averaged around 1,500 in recent years.

“This is a remarkable achievement for Bridgewater State University – especially at this point in time when higher education is going through some of the most profound changes in its history,” said President Frederick W. Clark Jr., '83.

Freshmen cite a friendly campus vibe and strong aviation, health sciences and psychology programs as reasons they became Bears.

Clark attributed the growth to “the quality of our programs, our commitment to student success, and our direct pipeline to employment opportunities.”

Even with this fall’s record number of incoming students, BSU’s class size will remain at an average of 22 students, according to Gregg Meyer, dean of undergraduate admission. There’s also room in the residence halls for the flood of newcomers.

Here are some stats about the class:

  • About 70 percent live on campus
  • Almost half come from Plymouth or Bristol counties
  • Ninety-six percent are of traditional college age
  • Twenty-eight percent are students of color

To learn more about what drew freshmen to Bridgewater, we went straight to the source:

 

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