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Information for Families

Welcome Parents, Family Members and Supporters of BSU Bears!

Bridgewater State University recognizes that you are a very important partner in your student's success. We aim to work in partnership with the parents, family members and supporters of our students to ensure your student has a transformational college experience. 

The Division of Student Life’s Center for Student Engagement (CSE) provides parents, family members and supporters of our students opportunities to stay connected with the vibrant BSU community as part of our ongoing family engagement efforts and family orientation program.

Defining Family

BSU recognizes that our students have a diverse group of individuals supporting them throughout their time here. For our programming and communication within the Center for Student Engagement, the terms “parent,” “family” and “supporter” are inclusive of the diverse social dynamics that define a student's personal support system. For some students, a “parent” may include biological parents, stepparents, extended family members, foster parents and legal guardians.

“Family,” for students may be immediate family, extended family, siblings or spouses. “Supporter” may be individuals that belong to a student’s family or may be other close friends or service providers in the student’s network.

Information for Your Family

Our BSU Future Family brochure is now available in three languages.

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Family Orientation

Orientation offers an opportunity to learn more about the student experience. Visit the Orientation Website for new students and families for Orientation resources and program details.

BSU Family Hub

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We are excited to announce the launch of a new BSU Family Hub experience on our EngageBSU platform! Our EngageBSU platform is also used by your student(s) in many ways. It is their go-to place for information on upcoming events and involvement opportunities on campus.  

Creating a BSU Family Hub account on EngageBSU provides access for parents, family members and supporters of our currently enrolled students to have ongoing engagement with BSU. This experience will make it easier for families to stay informed through monthly newsletters and regularly posted information about campus services,  resources, events, and more.

This is also where you can view and complete the Crimson Beginnings for Families and Supporters program, which is our virtual orientation option for parents, family members, and supporters of new to BSU Bears.  

Please visit Family Hub on EngageBSU for more information on how to create a BSU Family Hub account.

Ways to Give

BSU parents, family members, and supporters have a history of joining together to support students. There are various ways you can give to support student success and provide hardworking, deserving BSU students with life changing opportunities. 

  • The Student Emergency Fund was created to support BSU students facing financial hardships resulting from emergency or crisis situations. Funds awarded are to help alleviate the short-term financial needs of the student.  
  • The Bridgewater Fund provides students with immediate support to ensure access to need-based financial assistance and life-transforming internships. Every gift counts! The more we grow this fund each year, the more scholarships we can award to deserving students.

Learn more about how to make a gift.

Campus Resources and Offices

BSU's comprehensive array of programs assists students in reaching their intellectual pursuits in a warm and friendly environment. Our campus provides a safe, supportive culture for all students and offers a wide range of services to help with housing, academic support, internships and career planning.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law to protect student privacy. FERPA outlines what type of information contained as part of a student education record can be released to third parties. Under FERPA, a university may not generally disclose personally identifiable information from a student record to a third party—which includes parents—without the written consent of the student. Learn more about FERPA guidelines on the U.S. Department of Education website. Any student who wishes to authorize a third party (e.g., a parent) to speak with the University regarding their student record should complete an Authorization for the Release of Student Information. This form is accessible on the Registrar's Office intranet site.
At Bridgewater State University, the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, are our highest priority. The BSU Police Department provides protection to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Police Department staff work with community members to prevent crime, solve problems, and take proactive steps to make Bridgewater State University as safe as possible.
Learn More about Safety on Campus
BSU offers a variety of technology for students, including high speed internet, wireless printing and scanning, an a mobile app which includes smart parking and bus tracking services, among other services. For students living on campus, ResNet offers an enviable technology package including on demand content, premium cable TV, and wireless gaming. BSU has a comprehensive technology infrastructure as well as discipline-specific labs and tools to support the mission of teaching and learning. BSU provides three general open access computer labs and 12 major specific computer labs including five Mac labs on campus.
Learn More about Student Technology
Yes: The Honors Program at Bridgewater State University is a welcoming community of almost 500 students committed to academic success, personal goals, social justice, service, and leadership. Our program connects students to a diverse community of engaged citizen-scholars on campus and to a network of honors students across Massachusetts and the country. Honors can help students develop essential skills employers are looking for, like oral and written communication skills, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as self-motivation and time-management.
Learn More about Honors at BSU
They certainly can: as a 2019 AURA award recipient, Bridgewater State University has built a nationally known Undergraduate Research program with significant funding and opportunities for students in any major to discover new knowledge and make original contributions to their discipline or community. Undergraduate researchers gain highly valued experience and skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication—making them outstanding candidates for post-graduation competitive opportunities. Students collaborate closely with professors on projects in which they are deeply invested. Many of our graduates say that undergraduate research was the most valuable thing they did as a student.
Learn More about Undergraduate Research at BSU
The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) houses a variety of services that support the intellectual growth and success of students. Our Learning Assistance program, offered in the AAC, provides free tutoring in writing, mathematics, communications, English as a second language, and a variety of Core Curriculum and beginning level courses. If you are experiencing difficulty in a class or want to develop new strategies, our staff is here to help you strengthen your critical thinking skills and build self-confidence for college and beyond. We also offer a writing studio and academic coaching and research services.
See all Learning Assistance Services available at BSU
BSU offers nearly 1400 internship opportunities: The Internship Program Office assists Bridgewater State University students who are eager to gain practical work experience, develop new skills, network and apply classroom theory in a professional setting. Each year, more than 400 students take part in internships. With opportunities to explore careers, gain professional experience and prepare for graduation, our students enhance their skills and qualifications for their future jobs. As they discover the work they love, they can earn academic credit and often earn additional income as well.
Learn More about Internships at BSU
Bridgewater State University holds three commencement ceremonies each spring for both Graduate and Undergraduate students. We also hold an annual Lavender Graduation to honor the lives and achievements of our GLBTA students graduating with either an undergraduate or a graduate degree.
Visit the Commencement Guest Information Site
The Financial Aid Office is here to assist you and your student in affording the cost of a college education. This is accomplished through the awarding of grants, loans, and student work programs and by providing students with a supportive and comfortable environment where financial aid counselors will work with students in obtaining the necessary funds they may need to attend BSU. Bridgewater State University offers a number of merit-based scholarships to students at the time of admission, recognizing outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential, and awards $27.5 million in federal, state and university funds each year, including more than $600,000 in endowed scholarships for upperclassmen.
See More Financial Aid Details
Bridgewater State University offers tremendous value – a first-rate education, an exceptional faculty and a dynamic college community, made more accessible through state-supported tuition rates. 85% of undergraduates receive financial aid and BSU offers a variety of scholarships to both new and current students.
See Cost and Aid Info
Visit the advice for parents and families page for resources and tips to help you support your student while they are living on campus.

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