Roger Williams University

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School Overview

Roger Williams University (RWU) is a private liberal arts university that was founded in 1956. The campus sits on 140 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island. Though the university is named for the theologian Roger Williams (cofounder of Rhode Island), the school doesn’t have a religious affiliation.

RWU offers programs which few other schools do such as computer networking and security programs, online Digital Forensics studies, and an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology. RWU also has well-respected school of architecture and the only law school in the state of Rhode Island. About 85 % of the university’s 3,800 undergraduate and 850 graduate students live on campus.

General Information

Admission Office

1 Old Ferry Rd

Bristol, RI 02809-2921

(401) 254-3500

(800) 458-7144

Fax: (401) 254-3557

Contact: Didier Bouvet

Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

1 Old Ferry Rd

Bristol, RI 02809-2921

(401) 253-1040

Total undergrads: 4,345

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 954

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,297

Graduate enrollment: 264


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 61%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 82%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural History/Criticism B
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Communications Technologies

Graphic Communications B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Construction Trades

Construction Site Management B


Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Paralegal/Legal Assistance B,C


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Historic Preservation/Conservation B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration A,B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Roger Williams University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (401) 253-1040
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,838
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 65%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,260 (88% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $36,978
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,978
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $16,226

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Roger Williams University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Roger Williams University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 122
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1192
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 4
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 131
Education 183
Engineering 5
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 34
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 151
Legal Professions and Studies 213
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 221
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 13
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 211
Social Sciences 151
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 1357615

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Roger Williams University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $36,978
Out-of-state $36,978
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $16,668
Out-of-state $16,668

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,039 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,018 98% $16,226
Student loan aid 747 72% $13,238

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,855 85% $15,561
Federal student loans 2,661 59% $6,138

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Roger Williams University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Roger Williams University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,906 4,168 4,738
Percent admitted 100% 82% 88%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 13% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Roger Williams University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,838
Undergraduate enrollment 4,523
Graduate enrollment 315

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Roger Williams University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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