Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI
location
Private
type
Small
setting
47%
53%
student ratio
4,389
total students
Tuition Cost $29,976 | $29,976
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $21,104
February 1
fall application deadline
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Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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Overview

"We are Roger Williams. Are you?"

Roger Williams was more than just a man, and Roger Williams University is more than just a pretty place. RWU is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions. Nationally ranked, RWU offers 45+ majors, countless minors, 55 study abroad locations (on every continent but Antarctica), 70+ clubs and organizations and 24 NCAA athletic teams - including coed sailing and equestrian squads. RWU¿s low student/faculty ratio (14:1) and small average class size (19) allow for personal connections with faculty members as well as student/faculty research collaborations.

Opportunities for students abound on and off campus, from community service and internships to conferences and competitions. The University is also perfectly located - whether students want to head to the beaches of Newport, the music scene of Providence, the culture of Boston or the shopping and sightseeing of New York City, they can easily get there from here.

At RWU, students are independent thinkers, explorers, rebels, go-getters and citizen scholars. They've set out to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning, providing an education that is transformative, inclusive, experiential and innovative. In short, RWU is building the university that the world needs now.

"We are Roger Williams. Are you?"

In addition to the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, RWU offers five professional schools, more than 45 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 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.

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 and communicate and interact effectively with diverse populations. This school is home to RWU's Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management majors.

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. 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.

Learn more at www.rwu.edu.


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
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Financial Planning and Services
      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.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
      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.
    • Public Health
      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.
    • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forensic Science and Technology
      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
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • 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.
  • Psychology
    • 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.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology and Anthropology
      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.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,829
    • Accepted7,790
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled4,902
    • Female Applicants5,384
    • Females Accepted4,484
    • Female Acceptance Rate83%
    • Male Applicants4,445
    • Males Accepted3,306
    • Male Acceptance Rate74%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $50
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some portfolio review, audition, specific preparatory courses for visual arts studies, graphic design communications, architecture, creative writing, dance and theater
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.34
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • 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 548 490 580
    • SAT Math 561 500 600
    • SAT Writing 480 580
    • ACT Composite 23 27
    • * 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$1,924
    • Room and board *$15,564
    • Room only *$8,310
    • * 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 planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred payments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$21,104
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$19,829
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$12,507
    • Average Loan Aid:$3,730
    • Average Grant Aid:$12,612
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$14,200
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:99%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 81%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 11%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,902
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.45%
    • Black or African American2.66%
    • White or Caucasian76.82%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.15%
    • Asian1.33%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.11%
    • Two or more races1.81%
    • Unknown or International Student6.98%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout3.69% representing 52 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students77% 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 75%
  • 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, WQRI 88.3 Radio Station, Habitat for Humanity
  • 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 No 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
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball 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 No No No
    • Golf No No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division 3 No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Track No Division 3 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty533
    • Full-time Percentage40%
    • Part-time Percentage60%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 4,618 students to 320 faculty


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