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Roger Williams University
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  • 4 Year
  • BRISTOL, RI

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Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade C+
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B
  10. Campus Food
    grade A+
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

ONE OLD FERRY ROAD
BRISTOL, RI 02809
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Commonwealth Coast Conference
From Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is an independent liberal arts university located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Our courses in both the liberal arts and professional fields of study will prepare you in the classroom for your career aspirations after graduation. Our specialties range from marine biology to architecture, and engineering to the arts, with most students combining programs to customize their degree. With more than 45 programs of undergraduate study, a 14:1 student to faculty ratio, our academic programs and personalized attention are at the heart of the RWU experience. At RWU, learning goes beyond just reading and taking notes. This is learning in action - experimenting and applying your skills in real-world settings and setting you up for success.

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Roger Williams University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
85%
SAT Range
No data available  
ACT Range
No data available  
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$37,611 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$16,226 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 54 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 64 responses
61%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 64 responses

Majors

Engineering

Engineering at RWU is unique in its structure: a broad, liberal arts-infused foundation of math, science and engineering layered with an in-depth specialization in civil, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering or a customized study. With a focus on practical, hands-on learning and strong connections with industry leaders, we prepare graduates for successful careers.

Online

Online Programs Offered
17
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
4
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
10
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    5%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    6%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,022 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
501
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
  • Upper middle class white kids
    30%
  • All of the above
    28%
  • Rich White Underachiever
    23%
  • Involved and Dedicated
    13%
  • Milidly care about your learning. Depends on major
    3%
  • Not diverse
    3%
  • Relaxed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 71 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 94 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
  • Rich, white, underachievers, and ocean views
    30%
  • Beautiful
    26%
  • Beautiful and hard workers
    11%
  • I work hard academically
    11%
  • Adequate
    7%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Party hard now, study later maybe
    4%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,500 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 35 responses

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Rating 3.52 out of 5  943 reviews
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