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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for a slow, phased reopening and what it means for both our community and those around us. RWU’s Office of Admission in keeping with the guidelines and recommendations of the state, has opened to limited on campus information sessions and tours. We will continue to provide a number of virtual options as well. Learn More

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

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
Acceptance Rate
86%
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$37,138/ 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
$15,117/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
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
56%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
60%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
16
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
3
Online Bachelor's Programs
11
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    6%
  • On Campus
    88%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,962Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
575
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • All of the above
    29%
  • Upper middle class white kids
    26%
  • Rich White Underachiever
    24%
  • Involved and Dedicated
    13%
  • Milidly care about your learning. Depends on major
    3%
  • Not diverse
    3%
  • Relaxed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.69 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Rich, white, underachievers, and ocean views
    30%
  • Beautiful
    27%
  • Beautiful and hard workers
    11%
  • I work hard academically
    11%
  • Adequate
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Party hard now, study later maybe
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $50,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    70%
    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

    Roger Williams University Reviews

    921 reviews
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    If you want to experience high school 2.0, Roger is perfect for you. But if you are looking for a well-rounded college experience and to be surrounded by like-minded hard working students, I'd reconsider. The student body reeks of immaturity and privilege, and although the water front views are tough to beat, the campus feels extremely isolated with nothing to do. Night life is pretty nonexistent and you'll feel just how small the school is immediately. Most students fit the New Englander stereotype and there is no diversity. Can't lie about the dining hall food though, it is really good and I'll miss it. But I decided to transfer after my freshman year because I felt like I was taking steps backwards and Roger couldn't provide the resources and atmosphere I want out of my college experience.
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    So far, so good! Deposit made. Housing chosen. Off we go! Everyone we have had the pleasure in dealing with throughout this preliminary period, has been wonderful! Beautiful school...the counselors, professors, and students that have answered questions and done tours, etc., have been outstanding! The N/As below are only because she hasn't started yet, so can't rate at the moment.
    My experience at Roger Williams University has been very memorable. I just finished my sophomore year, going into my junior year abroad in Italy. I have met so many wonderful friends that I know will last a lifetime. I have also attended multiple events throughout campus, as well as sports games. I also really enjoy the law program here at Roger Williams University. I am extremely interested in attending law school after finishing my undergrad. Being apart of the "Legal Studies" program has been very beneficial. Especially with the help from wonderful professors.