Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA, USA

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Bridgewater State University
3.72 Average Rating

Taylor from Bridgewatwer, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Bridgewater State University is a great place to learn. The teachers and faculty are great and the campus is very diverse. the best part about BSU is how friendly everyone is!
Tips for prospective students
Stay focused on what you came here for. education is a top priority for many people at this school, so study up and be studious and you'll be just fine!
Academic Rigor
All the classes are fairly small, with about an average class size of 23 students. The are some teachers who are better than other, but for the most part every teacher is great!
Dorm Life
On campus housing is great if you're not a freshman. The freshman dorms can be tough so I recommend applying to be in a RLC (Residential Learning Community). it is a great way to get to know people as well as being placed in a nicer dorm.
Food and Dining
Depending on who you are and what you like, there is guaranteed to be something you like! Dining halls ranked from best to worst- Bears Den, Tilly, Crimson, ECC.
What to do for fun
There are a lot of great volunteer opportunities to get involved. There is always something going on, whether its a program being put on or an open mic night, there's always something to do.
Bang for the buck
BSU, compared to other state schools fall about right in the middle. The Tuition is only $940 for the year but fee's are what is expensive! Average cost per year is about $20,000.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
BSU is known for Boyden Hall, a very iconic building that is on the seal of our university.
Great for these types of students
BSU is great for people who want a great education as well as a great sense of community!
Clubs and Activities
BSU has over 100 clubs on campus so there is something for everybody! There are 5 sororities as well as 5 fraternities including one co-ed fraternity.
Greek Life
There are 5 sororities as well as 5 fraternities including one co-ed fraternity.
Campus Safety
Bridgewater State University has its own full time police department. There are many safety implements on campus such as Blue Lights, Safety Escort, Student Security Officers (which I am one), 24-hour locked residence halls, and security cameras.
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Rachel from Taunton, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
BSU is a great School. The community and school spirit can be seen all over campus. It is not a large school, which I like.
Tips for prospective students
Think about what environment you would like to spend the next four years living in.
Academic Rigor
There are a lot of challenging courses.
Dorm Life
Freshman dorms are not the best.
Food and Dining
Crimson has the best food.
What to do for fun
There are many local businesses. Boston is only short ride on the commuter rail.
Bang for the buck
Overall, I think that BSU is a wonderful school.
Clubs and Activities
The number one thing everybody on campus will tell you is get involved! There are so many clubs.
Greek Life
The Greek Life at BSU is wonderful. There are many options if someone wants to join.
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Shannon from Norton, MA

a current student here
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In three sentences
Bridgewater State is a very top of the line school with many student opportunities available. I have met so many educators who have been helpful throughout my experience. I know that Bridgewater State is going to put me on the right path to my career!
Tips for prospective students
It is in your best interest to get in your FAFSA in on time as well as all other paperwork involving your admission and financial aid. Also, be proactive in your experience! If you keep up with your school work and get involved on campus your time at Bridgewater will be beyond what you expected.
Academic Rigor
Very good and challenging academics. You can find so many classes that are interesting and fulfilling to helping you achieve your goals!
Dorm Life
I am a commuter, but the halls are very clean and have great staff. The RA's have always been friendly to me when I have visited.
Food and Dining
There are so many good food halls on campus. Flynn Dining Commons and Bears Den are where I generally eat, and the food is great!
What to do for fun
Program committee puts on so many fun events! They do trips to fun outings (such as Providence Place and Salem to Blue Man Group) and events on campus like Bingo!
Bang for the buck
You definitely get what you are paying for. There is an academic achievement center where you can get help for any school work, a writing studio where you can get essays evaluated, and even an IT support if you are having any problems! They even have a career services office where you can go to find your major, find a career and get resume support. All of these resources are included in your fees, and are definitely worth your money!
Great for these types of students
Great for students that are going to school for a great educational experience and to network with other students who have the same interests.
Clubs and Activities
I am currently involved in the English Society and Art History Society. There are so many clubs on campus that will match something you interest! There is equestrian club, anime club, there will always be something that you can find enjoyable with people who share what you like.
Campus Safety
Very top notch. Blue lights are everywhere and the police station has always been full of friendly and helpful staff members. There are also safety escort buses and vans that run at night, you can call them and they will pick you up where ever you are and bring you right to your destination.
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Ashley from Seekonk, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I think that Bridgewater State University is collectively a great school. It provides students with many opportunities, both in academics and extra curricular activities. Its medium sized campus allows the student to have a comfortable environment without feeling overwhelmed.
Tips for prospective students
My suggestion would be to take many different types of courses to discover what your passions and interests are.
Academic Rigor
I believe that professors are really helpful and supportive, and the classes and academics are very enjoyable.
Dorm Life
I have been living in the dorm life for a year and a semester and I really enjoy it. I am able to learn responsibility living on my own. This campus provides a clean and friendly dorm life for the student.
Food and Dining
Personally, I really enjoy the food and dining halls. The food is very good and there are many option and variety to choose from. The dining dollars and meal swipes collectively add up to a solid and stable meal plan.
What to do for fun
There are many sports and clubs that you are provided that anybody can join. If you do not enjoy competitive sports there are also a number of different Intramural sports teams that anybody is welcome to be a part of. Also, the town of Bridgewater is not to far from shops and malls that you can visit.
Bang for the buck
This college is very reasonable when it comes to tuition, which was one of the main reasons why I chose this school. it provides the same education as would a school with a tuition of $50,000. I am still struggling with financial aid and paying the tuition, since I will be paying for college on my own and so any scholarships are a huge help.
Great for these types of students
This university is known for it Teaching and Criminal Justice majors, and so it is great for anyone looking into those fields. It also supplies a number of different majors that are interesting and can match what many students are looking for.
Clubs and Activities
There is an extremely long list of clubs and activities that are available to anyone. There are clubs to suit anyone's interests, and even if you do not see one that suits you, if you get enough people together you can create your own, which is a wonderful opportunity for leadership.
Greek Life
I am not a part of Greek Life but I have seen many fraternities and sororities around that many students take part in and really seem to enjoy being a part of.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is very effective and helpful. Along with feeling safe during the days, they also have a number of Safety Vans that are available from 7 :00 p.m until 3:00 a.m that is only a phone call away and will pick you up and drop you off wherever you need to go within the campus.
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Sarah from weymouth, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Bridgewater State University is a great school, so far they work well with me and my learning disabilities. My professors are great, they work hard to teach the other students and I. Over all My school is great and is very helpful with my disabilities.
Tips for prospective students
It is a big campus so be prepared to walk!
Food and Dining
Food is not awful but it does get boring.
What to do for fun
I attend dance class off campus and i hang out with my friends around campus.
Bang for the buck
There is lots to do on campus from sports, games, t.v. to clubs and organizations.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
not that i know of
Great for these types of students
Students with disabilities
like big campuses
Clubs and Activities
tons of clubs and different activities everyday
Greek Life
there is a Greek life on campus and it is great, they have many activities and events that they host.
Campus Safety
the campus has its own police and there i security at all dorms and have bag checks. there is also safety buses for at night and many emergency pole for when you feel unsafe.
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Gabriella from Taunton, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Bridgewater State University is an innovative, growing university that provides an excellent education both through academics and co-curricular activity. BSU transforms its students into career ready professionals and global citizens. It is a jewel among state schools in MA and I would bargain the best of them all.
Tips for prospective students
Excel in your studies by taking advantage of the many academic help services and undergraduate research opportunities. Further your experience and learning through co-curricular involvement whether it be through leadership opportunities, clubs and organizations or internship and job opportunities right on campus.
Academic Rigor
Many of the programs are rigorous and challenging which truly help prepare us for the real world.
Dorm Life
While I am a commuter student, many of my friends find dorm living to be a great experience at BSU.
Food and Dining
Sodexo provides excellent food options at our four dining halls on campus. They are always trying fun and tasty new options.
What to do for fun
There are tons of opportunities to get involved on campus. Program Committee is a group of students dedicated to bringing fun events through out the year for little or no cost to students such as Homecoming, Springfest, day trips to fun places, and events such as open mic nights, bingo nights and more. Student Government Association provides a free bi-annual lecture series bringing in excellent guest lecturers which have included Collins Tuohy, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Hirsch and Maya Angelou just to name a few! SGA also funds clubs and organizations on campus to host academic, social and cultural events throughout the year which are all free to students.
Bang for the buck
Bridgewater State University is definitely growing in its academic superiority and co-curricular excellence. The campus itself is aesthetically beautiful and the new, state of the art Mathematics and Science building is something to brag about. With all of these features it still remains one of the lowest costing state schools in MA.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Every year we host a carnival for Senior week (open to all students) with actual carnival rides and activities. The quad is also a traditional spot for students to hang out throughout the year.
Great for these types of students
Excellent for students wishing to become teachers, we have a growing arts program, and excellent science programs. We also cater to aviation students, with one of the best aviation programs in New England. Our school of business is also very large. Also great for students interested in Greek Life or abroad community service opportunities.
Clubs and Activities
There are many clubs and organizations on campus, some of the most popular being Program Committee, Student Government Association, Commuter Student Association, Resident Hall Association, and Greek Life. There are so many ways to get involved and have fun while completing your degree!
Greek Life
We have a growing Greek Life which consists currently of 3 sororities, 3 fraternities, 1 colonizing fraternity, and 2 co-ed fraternities.
Campus Safety
We have our own university police station, safety escort system, and blue lights throughout campus. I feel very safe at all times.
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Krystal from Dartmouth, MA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The professors help you make your experience here a success academically and socially. There are always things happenning on campus and in the surrounding area. The classroom settings are very dynamic and programs offer both in and out of classroom experiences.
Tips for prospective students
Take advantage of every opportunity and use the college services, they are so helpful!
Academic Rigor
Workload is fair but doesn't seem that way with the mixed types of assignments.
Dorm Life
I commute, but I have not had any friends complain about the dorms and the suites for upperclassmen are beautiful
Food and Dining
Lots to offer with a couple different dining areas.
What to do for fun
Lots of hiking and things around campus depending on what your interests are.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The new science building has an astronomy observatory.
Clubs and Activities
There are clubs for almost anything you might be interested in.
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Breanna from Pittsfield, ME

a current student here
10 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Every class that I have taken I have learned something useful from it. I enjoy most of the classes that I have/am taking. There are a lot of core requirements but most of them are helpful and you might even find a class that you enjoy and would like to take more of those types of classes. Although many of the core classes you have to take you can find a class related to your major or you will at least find an interesting one.
Am enjoying being here
I love Bridgewater. I enjoying being there so much. I live on campus and there is always something to do. A basketball game to go to, dances, speakers, comedians, concerts by students and even karaoke nights. Or if you just want to relax and do your home work the dorms are great and quite and easy to get your work done, if you dont feel like going to the library. I love how there are so many people to met and new friendship you find. Bridgewater is a positive atmosphere.
Bang for the buck
For me being an out-of-state student you would think that I am waisting a lot of money by going to an out-of-state state school, but I found that for my major I am paying the same amount if not less, then what I would be paying for a school in Maine with a different major, because the schools in Maine I was looking at don't offer what I wanted. I'm also getting a lot of bang for my buck because I feel that I am getting a great education and will be more successful with me degree from Bridgewater.
Tips for prospective students
There are many different resources to use at Bridgewater and the best way to succeed is to not be afraid to use them. Like the AAC, where there are tutors for math, writing, and studying habits and time management. I used the Writing center my freshmen year and it made me a strogner writing. Everyone is so helpful and are there to help you, so don't be afraid to ask.
Great for these types of students
Bridgewater is great for many students. There are so many different majors and I think that its great for students who are undecided because there are so many different classes to take and find something that interests you.
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Nicole from Weymouth, MA

a current student here
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In three sentences
Overall I think Bridgewater State University is a great school and I love it here. There are so many things to do outside of class and so many great people. The teachers are very helpful and it's just a great school all around.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you get involved on campus, whether you are living there or commuting. You will meet so many new people and it will really make the experience so much better. Also don't forget to take advantage of all the help that the school has to offer with classes and tutoring and more!
Academic Rigor
The academics at this school are great. There are so many options to help you succeed and do well, you just have to take advantage of them. There are so many courses offered, that there is always something fun to add to your schedule, whether it be a sport, horseback riding or doing yoga, and they all give you class credit!
Dorm Life
Most of the dorms on campus are decent. With the newer dorms being better, but they are also harder to get in to. The school is also building a brand new dorm that will open the Fall of 2013. The rooms are a decent size, but only two of the dorms have air conditioning to make sure you bring a fan!
Food and Dining
The food at BSU is decent. Some dining halls are better than others. The downside is that all of the food gets boring after you eat it every day for a couple years. The school does try though, and the dining halls do introduce new foods and specials every now and then. Just try to mix it up and go to different dining halls so it doesn't get to boring to quickly. There are two dining halls on each side of campus, so there are a bit of options to choose from.
What to do for fun
The school has tons of clubs and activities for fun. You can also joint the amazing Greek life community of campus. There is usually always something going on somewhere, so you are never really bored. There is also a lot of fun classes you can take that will give you credit at the same time.
Bang for the buck
Bridgewater State University is a state school, which makes it cheaper than a lot of schools and it really is an amazing school for the price. If you don't get much financial aid though, be prepared to pay quite a few thousands dollars when you graduate.
Great for these types of students
Bridgewater is great for all types of student, there is really something tor everyone at this school. I'm sure no matter what type of student you are, you will fit right in and find lots of things to keep you busy.
Clubs and Activities
The school has a tons of club and activities for students, and if you dont find a club or activity that you like you can always gather some people with the same interests and start your own club!
Greek Life
Greek life at Bridgewater State University is amazing. I am part of Greek life on campus and it really has changed my life for the better. I have met so many amazing people and made so many connections that I will never forget. Greek life students also have a higher overall GPA as compared to the rest of the school. It is not all about fun and partying. We have a strict no hazing policy and each organization has philanthropy's that they support and raise money for.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is very good at Bridgwater. I always feel safe walking around campus, even late at night. There are 'blue lights' all around campus that you press the emergency button on and the police will be there in seconds. BSU has it's own police department so they can be anywhere on campus in under a minute. We also have a safety escort system that you call anytime between 7pm-3am and they will come and pick you up anywhere on campus and then drop you off at your destination for free. There are also student security officers in the dorms between 7pm-3am that check students back when they enter a dorm and they also sign in students guests so if anything where to go wrong it is all on the computer. Overall I think Bridgewater is a great on safety standards.
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Alexandra from Weymouth, MA

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The classes here are great! Bridgewater State helps students pick classes that are interesting for the student while still filling graduation and major requirements.
Am enjoying being here
There is always something going on on campus and there's a club or team for just about everyone. If you can't find a club or sport to join you can make your own.
Bang for the buck
Out of all the colleges I researched, Bridgewater State was one of the cheapest. It's only about $6,000 a year for commuter students who live in Massachusetts and $12,000 a year for commuter students who live out of state. Room and board is about $10,000 a year.
Tips for prospective students
Try to apply early action if you can. At Bridgewater State many students who fit the requirements get denied through regular decision because so many people apply. If you meet the requirements for Bridgewater State and apply early actions, you are automatically accepted to the school and are guaranteed housing. Don't be discouraged if you do not get in. Bridgewater State offers a program with Massasoit Community College where you can attend Massasoit until you are able to transfer to Bridgewater.
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