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Academics

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."

Student Body

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."

Campus Life

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."

Overview

Applicants
9,515
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.25

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 18

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
538
with Terminal Degree

300
Men
238
Women
60
Minority
7
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General.
  • Architecture.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • 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.
  • Construction Management.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.
  • Organizational Leadership.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • International and Intercultural Communication.
  • Journalism.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Science.

  • CONSTRUCTION TRADES.

  • Building/Construction Site Management/Manager.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Industrial Technology/Technician.
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.
  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism.
  • Forensic Science and Technology.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Law.
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other.
  • Legal Support Services, Other.
  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Historic Preservation and Conservation.
  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Environmental Chemistry.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Clinical Psychology.
  • Forensic Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Community Organization and Advocacy.
  • Public Administration.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.
  • 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.
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology.


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Timothy E. Baxter '83
Samsung Electronics America

Todd L. Rechler '93
Co-COO of RXR Realty and President of RXR Construction and Development

Peter J. McGuinness '91
Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer, Chobani

Michelle A. Murdocca '83
Producer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Colonel Ann C. Assumpico '90
Director RI State Police, RI Dept. of Public Safety

Justine A. Niccollai L'96
Superior Court Judge, New Jersey State Judiciary

Frank E. Rainieri Jr. '99
President Punta Cana Group Offices

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,297

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,413

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,533

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
61%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$44,225

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$13,882

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,326
Required Fees
$2,184
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,213

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,564
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and 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)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,703
Foreign Countries Represented
56

Demographics

1.60%
Asian
2.27%
African-American
6.36%
Hispanic
76.82%
Caucasian
7.94%
Unknown
2.59%
International

53% female
47% male
79% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

The most recent set of psychoeducational or neuropsychology evaluations.

Documentation Required for ADHD

The most recent set of psychoeducational or neuropsychology evaluations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
75
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

34% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

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.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple for Education

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amy Tiberio
AVP for Enrollment Management & Marketing

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

Phone
401-254-3500

Email
atiberio@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 specific 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 beaches
Downtown Bristol
East Bay Bike Path
Downtown 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: Mon-Fri, Saturday (Aug-April 8:30-4:30)
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
8:30-4:30

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.


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