Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States
Bridgewater State University is a public liberal-arts college located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States. It is the largest college in the Massachusetts state university system outside the University of Massachusetts system.

Master's Programmes

Humanities (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Bridgewater State University was founded by Horace Mann as a normal school styled Bridgewater Normal School. It opened on September 9, 1840, making it the oldest permanently located institution of public higher education in Massachusetts. As one of the first normal schools in the nation, its initial mission was to train school teachers.


As the comprehensive teaching university of Southeastern Massachusetts, Bridgewater State University has a responsibility to educate the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts and the commonwealth, and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to support and advance the economic and cultural life of the region and the state.

Through the extensive information technology and distance education resources available at Bridgewater State University, including the John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications, the university has made technology an integral component of teaching and learning on campus and is a regional center for the enhancement of teaching.


The Adrian Tinsley Program allows and encourages students to perform research in math, science, education, or humanities, or design a work in writing, art, music, or theater, regardless of academic standing. Students can propose a research topic of interest to faculty, who will act as a mentor to refine the topic and carry out research. This can be done within the semester, with financial aid to buy equipment and materials, or over an extended period during the summer with additional financial aid.


Career Services is dedicated to providing high-quality service to all of its constituents.

Bridgewater State University has established a solid reputation for preparing its graduates to meet the needs of today’s workplace.

Our services are designed to help students and employers in recruiting efforts and to help establish a professional connection between students and employers.


Housing services

Students will be provided with housing on campus during both the Fall and Spring semesters, but must fill out our housing forms in order to receive a housing assignment. Students coming for the fall semester will receive information by the end of May from us detailing how to submit their Residence Hall License Agreement and a Roommate Questionnaire. All exchange students who intend to live in university housing must complete these forms. Students coming for the spring semester will receive this information by the end of November.

Library services

  • Reference Services
  • Educational Resource Center
  • Disability/Accessibility Resources
  • Circulation
  • Streaming Video Service
  • Learning Commons
  • Information Literacy and Tutorials

ICT services

Bridgewater State University has aggressively upgraded its technology in the last decade; it was recognized as a wired school by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. The college was also named the 6th most unwired (i.e., wireless) campus in the USA by Intel. Nearly 100% of campus floorspace is covered by a 802.11g and 802.11a wireless network.

Medical services

All registered students; commuters or residents, undergraduates or graduates, full or part-time, those taking on-line courses, off-campus courses or continuing education courses, are eligible to use Health Services during their enrollment (regardless of the type of insurance they carry). Students do not have to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance plan to use Health Services.

Student Life

Student clubs

Bridgewater State University has over 160 clubs and organizations.Four sororities, four fraternities and one co-educational fraternity are offered at BSU: Alpha Sigma Phi founded on April 14, 2015, Alpha Sigma Tau, founded in 2014, Delta Phi Epsilon, founded on December 8, 2010, Gamma Phi Beta, founded November 22, 1987, Phi Sigma Sigma, founded in 1989, Kappa Delta Phi, founded on April 14, 1900, Phi Kappa Theta, founded in 1889, Sigma Pi Fraternity International and Phi Pi Delta.

Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States