Students Say

Roger Williams University is a "fairly small" private school in a suburban Rhode Island community "right on the water overlooking Mount Hope Bay" where the view "can't be beat." There's a nationally renowned program in marine biology, as well as a very demanding architecture program. Beyond the classroom, there are "endless opportunities" for "hands-on" undergraduate research and study abroad.

Overview

Applicants
9,021
Acceptance Rate
81%

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
26%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Roger Williams University is a "fairly small" private school in a suburban Rhode Island community "right on the water overlooking Mount Hope Bay" where the view "can't be beat." There's a nationally renowned program in marine biology, as well as a very demanding architecture program. Beyond the classroom, there are "endless opportunities" for "hands-on" undergraduate research and study abroad. Some students say the administration is "top notch." Others charge that "registration is a complete pain" and call management "extremely, unnecessarily bureaucratic." The faculty is generally "wonderful," "except for one or two who are just boring." Most RWU professors are "always trying to engage students" and are "approachable." "If they can't teach it to you in class, they will try something different outside of class," one student explains. Classes are small and intimate, too. "I like being in small classes where the professor is on a first-name basis with every student," says an English literature major. "This school isn't a Harvard or a Caltech," concludes a biology major, "but it seems to serve its place in the education pecking order fairly well."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
471
with Terminal Degree
182

271
Men
200
Women
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism
  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Graphic Communications, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Construction Trades

  • Building/Construction Site Management/Manager

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Literature (GB)

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
50%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,720

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,825

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,008

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,327

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,720

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,976
Required Fees
$1,692
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,300
Transportation for Commuters
$1,364

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Nearly 80 percent of the student body ventures to Roger Williams from out-of-state. "The typical student comes from a suburban New England town" or from the mid-Atlantic region. Many students note that RWU stands for "Rich White Underachievers." "The parking lot is full of BMWs and Volvos" and there is definitely a contingent of "astronomically rich" kids, but "there are many middle-class students" as well. These students "are usually preppy" and "dress fashionably." The architecture students consider themselves "a different breed from most of the students on campus" but virtually everyone comes "from the same mold." It's "a sea" of white "but very tan" students. "I grew up in affluent suburban Connecticut and when I got here I was like 'Wow, it's not very diverse here at all.'" To be sure, "minority students are fully accepted into the college community." It's just there aren't many of them. "It's so homogeneous here, it hurts."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,411
Out of State
83%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
62

Demographics

1.29%
Asian
1.91%
African-American
5.73%
Hispanic
78.97%
Caucasian
10.12%
Unknown
5.23%
International

50% female
50% male
83% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

RWU's "breathtaking" campus is "well kept" and "the new buildings are gorgeous." "The food is incredible." "It's healthier than most food at other schools," too. Residence halls are "run down" and "filthy" or "very homey and cozy," presumably depending on where you live. Socially, Roger Williams is "a plethora of fun," where "intramural sports are incredibly popular." "There are nightly programs and guest lectures on campus." A few times each year, the old gym becomes "a nightclub with a theme." There are "tons" of activities-everything from squirrel watching to kayaking. Thanks to the "amazing waterfront location," "many students spend a great deal of time on or near the water." "Choosing not to be a part of [the party] scene does not condemn you to social death," either. However, "a lot of students frequent the local bars not necessarily to party or get drunk, but to be social." Off campus, nearby Providence and Newport are "very popular for evening activities" and "it's a reasonably decent drive up to Boston."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
63%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Hawks)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Hawks)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Sexuality Advocacy for Everyone (S.A.F.E)

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Student Union

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Rhode Island

Sustainability

Students lead the way at Roger Williams University. Most prominent are the Eco-Reps, a team of twelve residential students who are tasked with raising awareness about sustainability issues among students at the university. These peer leaders handle everything from promoting recycling procedures to all incoming freshmen to educating the campus community about what they can do to assist in the university’s efforts to recycle, conserve energy and reduce water waste. The university also does its part by incorporating the ideas of sustainability into all aspects of its administration. All future renovation and new construction will meet LEED Silver standards, and the University Recycling & Sustainability Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and students, has set a goal of increasing residence hall recycling by 20 percent. Professors who practice sustainability related research in and out of the classroom provide opportunities for students to conduct independent research projects on environmental issues. More than forty-five classes address sustainability issues and a minor in sustainability studies has been established and is now in its third year. The Facilities staff, Eco-Reps, and University Recycling & Sustainability Committee are currently working together to dramatically reduce sales of bottled water on campus by installing “hydration stations” in most buildings. The hydration stations serve as filling stations for the reusable bottles. Recently, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded $96,798 to RWU to support an initiative to create an Interdisciplinary Sustainability Study Abroad Program in the Republic of Turkey. The new program partners Roger Williams with prestigious educational institutions in Turkey to collaborate on issues related to urbanization, pollution remediation, green building design and construction, renewable energy and public policy, and in the process give students a global perspective on sustainability.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
54

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Hewlett Packard

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amanda Marsili
Director of Admissions Operations

Address
Office of Admission
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809

Phone
401-254-3500

Email
admit@rwu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Recreation Center
Library
Dining Commons
Marine Science Wet Lab
Bookstore
Students are taken to any speficic place they would also like to see. Residence Halls are available for viewing with permission from occupants at certain points in the year.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Colt State Park
Newport
Downtown Bristol
Providence Place Mall
Providence
20 minutes from Newport/Providence RI 1 hour from Boston, MA

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri, Saturdays (August thru April)
8:30-4:30
401-254-3500

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 am/ 11 am / 1 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
after tours daily (m-s)

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
RIPTA buses have a bus stop right in front of campus. Taxis can also drop you off on campus. Closest airport is TF Green. Train Station in Providence (Amtrak)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Boston, Massachusetts: Take Route 93 South to Route 24 South to Fall River. From Route 24 bear right onto Route 195 West to Exit 8A (Tiverton/Newport RI) where you will continue on Route 24 South for approximately seven miles. Take Mt. Hope Bridge/Bristol exit. Bear right up hill and across Mt. Hope Bridge. The University is just after the bridge on the right. From Massachusetts and points north: Take Route 128 South (also called 95) toward Rhode Island. Travel south on Route 95 to Route 195 East toward Cape Cod. Take Route 195 East to Massachusetts Exit 2 (Warren/Newport RI, Route 136 South). Follow 136 South for approximately nine miles. Campus is on your left; make a U-turn, just before Mt. Hope Bridge, to main entrance. From Albany, New York and points west: Take Route 87 to Route 90 East (Mass Turnpike). Take Route 146 South to Route 95 South to Providence, Rhode Island. Take Route 195 East to Massachusetts Exit 2 (Warren/Newport RI, Route 136 South). Follow 136 South for approximately nine miles. Campus is on your left; make a U-turn, just before Mt. Hope Bridge, to main entrance. From New York City and points south: Take Route 95 North to Providence, Rhode Island. Take Route 195 East to Massachusetts Exit 2 (Warren/Newport RI, Route 136 South). Follow 136 South for approximately nine miles. Campus is on your left; make a U-turn, just before Mt. Hope Bridge, to main entrance.

Local Accommodations
Local Area Hotels (Approximately 10-20 minutes from campus) Bristol Harbor Inn, Bristol (401) 254-1444 Bay Willows Inn, Middletown (401) 847-8400 Courtyard by Marriott, Middletown (800) 321-2211 West Main Lodge, Middletown (401) 849-2718
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Key Stats

9,021
Applicants
4,411
Size
81%
Acceptance Rate

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