See what students say:


A small, private, Brethren-affiliated school in the Shenandoah Valley, Bridgewater College “is about personally developing students in every aspect of life and making each individual physically, academically, socially, and mentally fit for the real world.” Many come to Bridgewater for its combination of small size and strong academic programs---including majors in more unusual fields such as equine studies and athletic training. In particular, students point out that “the Music and Religious Departments are amazingly active and could challenge those of much bigger and specialized schools.” A private school, Bridgewater offers generous scholarship packages. Plus, students say, “You know you’re getting your money’s worth,” thanks to consistently small class sizes and ample personal interaction with faculty. A senior remembers, “I’ve never been turned away from a professor’s office; they always make time for their students and advisees.” Administrators are also highly involved with the student body and are generally described as “dedicated and kind individuals who assist students with their needs in a prompt manner.” Depending on their own religious and political convictions, students might find Bridgewater is fairly secular, despite its religious affiliation; on the other side of the spectrum, more leftist students complain, “There is far too little progressive thought at this college.”

Student Body

At Bridgewater College, “Most students are White, semi-conservative, [and] heterosexual,” and a fairly large number of them “went to high school nearby and grew up with a rural Virginia background.” Because “Most students that come here either come for sports or religion,” Christians and athletes (or Christian athletes) make up a large percentage of the student population. However, within those groups, students say there is quite a bit of diversity. A senior explains, “The students here range from extroverted party animals to introverted book worms, with many levels in between.” Ethnic and cultural diversity is more limited at Bridgewater; however, students point out that “there are active organizations for minorities and foreign students, and they are a vital part of campus life. It is not unusual in the dining hall to see a local White kid, an African American, a Peruvian, and a Palestinian all eating together and having a great time.”

Campus Life

Everyone at Bridgewater College is required to live on campus and, during the week, students spend time “studying and socializing” in the dorms. In addition, “All of the intramural sports are very popular,” and “There is also a wide variety of clubs from political to outdoors [clubs], to an equestrian team and department clubs.” A dry campus, Bridgewater College makes an effort to provide students with alternative entertainment options, such as “movies on campus and an array of activities like nonalcoholic toga parties and trips to go snow-tubing and caving.” Even so, students tell us that, “like any other campus, people find ways to drink.” At the same time, students maintain respect for the campus community and college rules. A junior explains, “Bridgewater has very strict substance policies, so although people may still drink or smoke, they rarely do so on campus.” Instead, when they want to blow off steam, “Lots of people go to Harrisonburg to party.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Robby Marenick
Assistant Director of Admissions-Campus Visit

Office of Admissions
402 East College Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812-1599



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Forrer Learning Commons
Kline Campus Center
Funkhouser Center for Health and Wellness
Nininger Hall Athletic Complex
Esports Facility

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Outdoor activities: hiking, camping, fishing, cavers, off-roading, rock climbing
Downtown Harrisonburg
Massanutten Resort
Convenient drives to: DC, Richmond, and Charlottesville

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Weekdays and Saturdays when class is in session
8:00-4:30 M-F; 8:00-12:00 noon Sat.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: MWF (9:00am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm); T/Th (9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm); Sat. (Sept.-May, group sessions at 10:00 am); Virginia Private College Week, Open Houses, Academic Department Days, Admitted Student Days
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

MWF (9:00am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm); T/Th (9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm); Sat. (Sept.-May, group sessions at 10:00am); Virginia Private College Week, Open Houses, Academic Department Days, Admitted Student Days

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The nearest airport is Shenandoah Valley Regional (Weyers Cave) Airport (SHD). Auto rental service is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Traveling on I-81, use the Mt. Crawford-Bridgewater exit (Exit 240) and follow State Route 257 (Dinkel Avenue), which travels through campus.

Local Accommodations
A wide array of accommodations are available nearby in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County and a short drive away in Staunton. Options include bed and breakfasts; budget hotels such as Econo Lodge; mid-priced hotels such as The Village Inn Harrisonburg, Hampton Inn, Ramada Inn, and Holiday Inn; and higher-priced hotels like the new Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg and the Hotel 24 South (formerly Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center) in Staunton.


Applicants: 3,402
Acceptance Rate: 90%
Average HS GPA: 3.65



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