Roger Williams University

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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.

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