Bridgewater State University

Campus Facts & Figures

out of 5

The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program and practice. How is this calculated?

Region: New England
City/State: Bridgewater, MA
Locale: Small City (25,000 to 100,000)
Student Population (FTE): 10,000
In-State Tuition: $11,055.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $17,195.00
Institution Website:
Institution Type:
Master's College/University
Baccalaureate College/University
Public/State University
Liberal Arts College
Residential Campus

LGBTQ Student Opportunities


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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues

The mission of the Pride Center at Bridgewater State University is to support LGBTQIA+ and ally students, and to foster a campus climate of inclusion and equity. 14% of BSU students openly identify as LGBTQIA+, and we offer a variety of services and resources that promote their success. No matter how you identify, the BSU Pride Center is here for you!

Our Synopsis

Here are just some of the many items that make Bridgewater State University one of the leading colleges and universities for LGBTQIA+ students : Lived Name - You can have your Lived Name (aka Preferred Name) and pronouns displayed wherever legal names are not required (such as class rosters, ID card, email addresses, diplomas, and more). Living on Campus - BSU offers housing assignments based on gender identity in our more traditional housing spaces. We also offer gender-free housing, which allows students of different gender identities to share a space. - Our Lavender Living Learning Community allows students to build community, foster identity development, and increase their knowledge of LGBTQ+ topics and scholarship while earning course credit as a co-sponsored LLC with the English Department. Restrooms - We have 44 publicly accessible Gender Inclusive single-occupancy restrooms on campus, which you can find listed on the Pride Center's website! Athletics - BSU has a Trans-Inclusive Athletics & Recreation policy, along with being the inaugural recipient of the NCAA Division III LGBTQ Athletics Department/Conference of the Year! LGBTQ Studies Minor - The LGBTQ Studies minor is designed to allow students to explore sexuality and sexual diversity by examining the history and present conditions of sexual and gender formation, as well as ideologies of sexuality, from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Featured Quotes

Why you'll love Bridgewater State University

First of all, I would like to thank the Pride Center's director for the kindness and support towards (my student). It was comforting for me to see (my student) so relaxed and comfortable talking with the students in the Pride Center

— Parent of a transgender student

When I started my freshman year at Bridgewater State University, I found the Pride Center. It provides a safe and comfortable space that I could express myself openly without hiding. Having that kind of environment available to me on campus made transitioning to college very positive."

— Student

I was fearful that commuting was going to keep me from chances to find a niche on campus. Getting involved with the Pride Center has offered me countless opportunities to learn, teach others, and practice leadership skills.

— Student

The creation of the Pride Center was another reason why I came back to Bridgewater.

— Bridgewater employee and alumnus

Going to an event at the Pride Center really changed my college experience because I was shown there are resources for me. There are people who care.

— Student

Highlights & Organizations

Upcoming events


Summer Pride!


Queer Prom




Lavender Graduation



Groups & activities


Admissions Office

Bridgewater State University Admissions Office

BSU Undergraduate Admissions
Bridgewater State University
Welcome Center
45 Plymouth Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325

Phone: 508-531-1237

Admission Application Deadline:
Feb 15th - priority for Fall

Email Campus Admissions

Overall Campus Pride Index Score

The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. 

The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life  and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.

Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at

Bridgewater State University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors

Sexual Orientation Score
4.5 of 5
Gender Identity/Expression Score
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
5 of 5
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Academic Life
3 of 5
LGBTQ Student Life
4.5 of 5
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
5 of 5
LGBTQ Campus Safety
3.5 of 5
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
5 of 5
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts
5 of 5
Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services

LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card

LGBTQ Policy Inclusion

Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation
Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression
Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner
Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents
Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents
Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms
Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms

LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment

Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students
Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services
Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone
Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people
Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues
LGBTQ alumni group

LGBTQ Academic Life

LGBTQ studies program
LGBTQ specific course offerings
Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship
New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues
New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues
LGBTQ faculty/staff organization

LGBTQ Student Life

LGBTQ & Ally student organization
LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization
LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority
Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities
Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues
Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people
LGBTQ-inclusive career services

LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life

LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community
Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate
Gender-inclusive housing for new students
Gender-inclusive housing for returning students
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing
Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing
Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns

LGBTQ Campus Safety

Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes
Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention
Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization
Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues
Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues
Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence

LGBTQ Counseling & Health

LGBTQ counseling/support groups
Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff
Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing
LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services
Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy

LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention

Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs
LGBTQ student scholarships
LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life
Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies
Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources

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