Bridgewater operates one eight-week and two four-week undergraduate summer sessions to enable students to accelerate completion of their degree requirements, to enable students who have fallen behind in their work to catch up in their programs, and to enable area teachers who need credits in academic and professional subjects for the renewal of their certificates to secure them. A student may enroll for a maximum of 4 credit hours in each of the four-week sessions and 8 total concurrent credit hours over the course of the eight-week session. To enroll for more than the maximum, a student must receive written permission from the appropriate dean. An integral part of the total college program, the summer sessions offer standard courses for undergraduate programs, most of which are taught in the regular sessions as well.
Additionally, 10-week courses for graduate programs are offered, some of which are only offered during the summer session(s).