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BSU Facts

Founded in 1840

Bridgewater State University was founded by Horace Mann, the father of American education, driven by his belief in education as the great equalizer for all citizens. Today, Bridgewater State University has nearly 10,000 current students and over 75,000 alumni in all 50 states.

Two students relax in Adirondack chairs on the Boyden Quad, with Boyden Hall in the background

Located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts:

39 buildings on 278 acres

10th largest four-year college or university in Massachusetts

11 residence halls and 1 student apartment on campus. (Housing available for undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students.)

We have our own T stop

Satellite campuses in Attleboro, Cape Cod and New Bedford

Weygand hall courtyard on a sunny day

Behind the Names

Have you ever wondered why there's a Hunt Hall or Moriarty Pool? In this story series, we'll introduce you to people who have left an indelible mark on Bridgewater State University, stretching all the way back to the institution's founding in 1840.

Dr. Susan Eliason, Dr. T. Kevin McGowan, Dr. Castagna Lacet, Dr. Christina Hodel and Prof. Joseph Doyle at the Awards for Academic Excellence

Our Faculty

Bridgewater State University is a student-centered university focused primarily on excellence in teaching. Through faculty development, we aim to establish and sustain a community of teacher-scholars and a university culture that values, promotes and rewards meaningful professional growth.

Learn more about faculty development at BSU »


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BSU has approximately 3,000 courses in more than 100 areas of study, and is recognized as one of the best universities in the nation for outstanding undergraduate research offerings. Undergraduate researchers have a 100% acceptance rate to graduate and professional school — often with full funding and at some of the top programs in the country. In 2020, BSU was ranked among Money's Best Colleges. These accomplishments show Bridgewater can match the learning experiences students have at private universities.

BSU also offers over 200 study abroad programs in more than 50 different countries. Over 2,000 students participate in internships, field experience or practicum experiences each year; and 88% of BSU graduates secure jobs or enroll in graduate school within six months to a year after graduation.

Our Colleges:

Four students smiling together, outside on the Boyden Quad, playing giant bingo

Student Life at BSU

Signature School Color: Crimson

Mascot: Bristaco the Bear

90+ Student Clubs and Organizations

Athletics: Bridgewater State University student athletes compete at the NCAA Division III Level and are members of ECAC, MASCAC, and the Little East

  • 22 NCAA Division III teams for men and women
  • 10 club sports
  • 14 intramural sports
BSU Brockton ribbon cutting
BSU celebrates the opening of its office in Brockton High School

Our Commitment to Equity

  • BSU ranks among the top 36 four-year, public higher education institutions in the nation on how it serves black students, according to a University of Southern California Race and Equity Center study.
  • BSU has been recognized for rising rates of graduation for Bridgewater students overall, and for closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students of low-income, Pell Grant-eligible families, students of color and male students.
  • BSU was ranked by Education Reform Now as the second leading university in Massachusetts for making a social mobility impact on students from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds and identities.
  • BSU has been ranked among the top 40 Best Colleges for LGBTQ students by College Choice.


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Student Demographics

Total Enrollment

  • Undergraduate students: 8,116
  • Graduate students: 1,488
  • Total Enrollment: 9,604
    *Fall 2022 numbers

Applicants: 11,835

Accepted: 10,559

Enrolled: 2,794

*Fall 2022 numbers

Bachelor’s degrees: 1,871

Undergraduate certificates: 29

Master’s degrees: 575

Education Specialist degrees: 16

Post Baccalaureate certificates: 31

Post-Master’s certificates: 13

Graduate certificates: 35

Total degrees awarded: 2,446

*Fall 2022 numbers


Six-year undergraduate completion rate: 56%

2022-2023 Factbook

Want more facts?

Bridgewater State University Factbook, 2022-2023
The Factbook is a profile of Bridgewater State University — a snapshot of official census counts, taken four weeks into the Fall semester. The link below pertains to the most recent Factbook (Academic Year 2022-2023).

Factbook 2022-2023 

“Students were forbidden to fraternize with the opposite sex; the consequence was expulsion. Slavery was legal. Women couldn’t vote. Martin Van Buren was soon to lose his bid for re-election to the presidency....Into this world view, in a small town in Southeastern Massachusetts, a band of pioneers set their sights on educational reform. One name, in particular, stands tall. It was his vision, his drive, his perseverance and his belief in education as the great equalizer for all citizens that spearheaded the launch of the commonwealth’s normal schools—Horace Mann, the father of American education. From humble beginnings, the Bridgewater Normal School evolved from a one-room schoolhouse located in the old town hall with 28 students to Bridgewater State University with its 270-acre campus serving more than 10,000 students."

Source: Not to be Ministered Unto, But to Minister: Bridgewater State University 1840-2010 by Thomas R. Turner