Local College Near Student Capacity

BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- A local college is nearing its limits when it comes to the number of students it can handle.

"It's a great problem to have," shared Jarret Smith, a Bridgewater College admissions counselor.

He graduated from Bridgewater College in 2003 and is now helping bring new students to the school.

The new record numbers; however, come with a new challenge.

"They probably do need to add some more dorms and houses and everything, because they did have some people in hotels earlier this year. They didn't have enough housing," shared Jesse Colligan, a student at Bridgewater College.

That need for more space is encouraging the school to get creative when it comes to admissions.

"You either take what you have and try to become more selective, so your academic profile starts to change a little bit. Or do you say, we've had enough demand over the past couple of years that we're going to grow a little bit," continued Smith.

Despite the need for more room, the students here say this is a good place to learn.

"Class size has gotten a little bit bigger, but it's still very manageable. You still get the one-on-one connection with the teachers," shared Rodney Colley, another Bridgewater student.

Finding more room is a challenge Smith said looks forward to solving.

"It gets to be a little crazy come spring trying to figure out where we're putting everybody, but it's all worked out well for us," Smith concluded.

Bridgewater said they're ahead of other private schools in the area when it comes to enrollment.


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