Bridgewater Gets Bigger

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

It's about to get a lot more crowded at Bridgewater College. WHSV found out about the school's record incoming class and what it'll mean to its campus.

Exactly 585 students. That's how many freshmen and transfer students Bridgewater College will welcome to campus when fall semester starts. And a big class like that will mean big changes to campus.

One of the problems with this large incoming class is it has forced Bridgewater to accelerate certain projects including this new apartment building.

"We were looking to fill that residence hall, but we thought we would do it over the next three to five years, so we were a little surprised that it all happened at once," says Bridgewater's Jonathan Brush, the Director of Admissions and Marketing.

Brush says the school has actively tried to increase the schools enrollment, yet still keep a small college environment. To keep pace with this class, they'll have to hire more professors and change around room assignments. But the school believes it will have enough room for now.

"We're not going to be able to bring in this class size again," admits Brush. "This will be the last time for a little bit at least that we'll be able to bring in 500 or so freshmen, and we'll have a lower number that we'll bring in next year because we will be at capacity."

Brush says the biggest reason for the jump in class size is 10 percent more accepted students decided to come to the school this year than in an average year.

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