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Roger Williams University

  • Bristol, RI
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 47%53%
    student ratio
  • 4,389
    total students
  • $29,976 | $29,976
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • Not Reported
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
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    Reported

    act composite

Overview

About Roger Williams University

For students looking for a beautiful, waterfront campus perched on 143 acres of New England shoreline, look no further than Roger Williams University.

But RWU is more than just a pretty place. It's a nationally-ranked private, independent, coeducational institution with a variety of professional programs that are strongly rooted in the liberal arts. A Roger Williams University education emphasizes real-world, project-based learning through internships and community partnerships. The small average class size (19) and low student/faculty member ratio (14:1) both allow for personal connections with faculty members and facilitate research collaboration. RWU offers 20 varsity athletic teams, more than 70 campus clubs and orgs, and opportunities to study abroad on every continent but Antarctica.

The university is also perfectly located -- whether students want to head to the beaches in Newport, the music and culinary scene in Providence, the culture and athletics in Boston or the shopping and sightseeing in New York City, they're just a short distance away.

In addition to the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, RWU offers 5 professional schools, more than 40 majors and countless minors to help students get where they want to go.

The Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

The AACSB-accredited Gabelli School of Business (GSB) prepares students for fulfilling careers in an evolving digital and global economy. A student-centered school with an emphasis on excellence in teaching, GSB is committed to research and service programs that enhance the quality of instruction for business students. The academic programs, grounded in both theory and practice, are enhanced by real-world experience and enriched by liberal arts courses. The school strives to develop independent thinkers who can communicate effectively, work in teams, and solve problems in an ethical manner.

The School of Education

The School of Education at Roger Williams University prepares students for meaningful careers in both elementary and secondary education by exploring content, curriculum, and pedagogy across a broad spectrum of disciplines. The school seeks to educate reflective leaders whose practice is grounded in a commitment to social justice, civil discourse, global citizenship, and educational excellence for all students.

Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences

The Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences (FCAS) provides a unifying center of transdisciplinary education to all RWU students. Teaching and learning in FCAS are characterized by exploration, diversity, inquiry, interaction, tolerance, confidence, community, and service. The depth and breadth of programs in FCAS make it the most highly attended school in the university and home to 22 of 43 majors.

School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management

The School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management delivers a practical, hands-on approach to learning that enables graduates to adapt to rapid technological change, communicate and interact effectively with diverse populations, and unite education and experience to form a uniquely individual vision. This school is home to RWU's engineering, computer science, and construction management majors, each leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation

The School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation (SAAHP) is a nationally-accredited, multidisciplinary community committed to balance between creation and conservation, aesthetic and technical pursuits, individual exploration, and community involvement. Students learn in the classroom but also in studios, seminars, internships, study abroad opportunities, field work, public forums, and community service. Students take on their areas of expertise with an eye toward designing with environmental and aesthetic concerns in mind. At SAAHP, creativity is a hallmark, real-world experience is encouraged, and students can take their ideas as far as imagination allows. Included in SAAHP are architecture, visual arts, historic preservation, art, and architectural history majors.

School of Justice Studies

The School of Justice Studies (SJS) provides students with one of the best programs for justice system education in the country. The faculty members and administration of the SJS are committed to academic and professional excellence. Members of the faculty are regionally, nationally, and internationally known, and the majority of members hold PhDs in criminal justice, sociology, psychology, or other closely related fields, and several have also earned a JD.


Location & Contact


1 Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
United States

Admissions Office (Undergraduate)
Phone: 401-254-3500
Fax: 401-254-3557
Email: admit@rwu.edu



Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Operations Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication technologies
    • Graphic Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Levels and Methods) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Construction Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Corrections and Criminal Justice Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Historic Preservation and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Legal Professions and Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,021
    • Accepted7,305
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled4,411
    • Female Applicants4,873
    • Females Accepted4,133
    • Female Acceptance Rate84%
    • Male Applicants4,148
    • Males Accepted3,172
    • Male Acceptance Rate76%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Programs that require portfolio reviews, auditions, specific preparatory courses for admission include visual arts studies, graphic design communications, architecture, creative writing, dance and theater
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st February 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 1st February 15th --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 535 480 580
    • SAT Math 524 500 600
    • SAT Writing 523 480 580
    • ACT Composite
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$29,976
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,976
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,774.00
    • Room and board *$14,620.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,411
    • Male Student Percentage50%
    • Female Student Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.43%
    • Black or African American1.82%
    • White or Caucasian75.11%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian1.23%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.02%
    • Two or more races1.64%
    • Unknown9.63%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.91% representing 62 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students83% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 63%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Campus Entertainment Network, Dance Club, Inter Residence Hall Association, WQRI 88.3 radio station, Inter Class Council
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division 3 No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Equestrian sports No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division 3 No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes Division 3 No
    • Squash Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track Yes Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty471
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 4,054 students to 292 faculty


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