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

www.rwu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 4,345

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 954

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,297

Graduate enrollment: 264

Setting

Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Associate
Bachelor’s
Master’s
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

Education

Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B

Engineering

Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Literature (British) B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

History

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

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

Mathematics

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

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
Website:www.rwu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.commonapp.org/
Address:One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:5,193
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):63%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:4,545 (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:$32,100
Out-of-state Tuition:$32,100
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$14,213

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Roger Williams University Programs

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services122
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences23
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2192
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs3
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services121
Education283
Engineering6
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields21
English Language and Literature/Letters2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics2
Health Professions and Related Programs312
History1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service3122
Legal Professions and Studies413
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1121
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies31
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Psychology13
Public Administration and Social Service Professions2111
Social Sciences6
Visual and Performing Arts7
Grand total2167517

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
Health Professions and Related Programs22
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service111
Psychology1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions111
Social Sciences1
Grand total4173

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 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 Fees2016-2017
In-state$32,100
Out-of-state$32,100
Books and supplies$900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$14,822
Out-of-state$14,822

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid97295%
Grant or scholarship aid94192%$14,213
Student loan aid67566%$11,102

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,87185%$14,826
Federal student loans2,50955%$6,801

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 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants9,8294,4455,384
Percent admitted100%74%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%12%12%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
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 2017

Total Enrollment5,193
Undergraduate enrollment4,902
Graduate enrollment291

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 Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions 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. CollegeAtlas.org 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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