Bridgewater College has led the way for more than 125 years developing leaders in fields such as business, industry, medicine, law, communications and education. Bridgewater was founded in 1880 as the first coeducational college in Virginia and has had its character shaped by two major influences -- the University of Virginia and the Church of the Brethren, with which Bridgewater is affiliated.
Academically, Bridgewater offers a breadth of intellectual experiences while allowing for proficiency in specific disciplines. As a liberal arts college, Bridgewater prepares students to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. A liberal arts education equips students with essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, analytical processing, communication and organization -- skills they need to succeed in all areas of life.
Bridgewater is committed to developing the whole person. We've created a liberal arts curriculum that helps students gain as complete a self-understanding as possible. Our students discover how they think while exploring new ways of thinking. Life at Bridgewater is as much about learning as it is about transformation.
Located in the scenic Shenandoah Valley within the community of Bridgewater (population 5,203), the College offers a quiet, safe and charming environment in which to learn. Situated between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains near the city of Harrisonburg (population 41,170), students are surrounded by historical attractions including famous caverns and significant Civil War battlefields, and in an area known for its local artisans, music festivals, resorts, museums and dining.