About Roger Williams University

Founded in 1956, Roger Williams University. is a Private college. Located in Rhode Island, which is a city setting in Rhode Island, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 4,902 full time undergraduate students, and 291 full time graduate students.

The Roger Williams University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 215 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Roger Williams University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate79%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at RWU are considered Less Selective, with ,30% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Roger Williams University.

6%
“We”re apathetic”
30%
“We know about current events and vote”
58%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
9%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
21%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
79%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
64%
“We bought the gear”
32%
“We live for the big game”
18%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
55%
“They keep regular office hours”
39%
“They”re always available”
88%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
6%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
48%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
6%
“We”re apathetic”
30%
“We know about current events and vote”
58%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
6%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
58%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
9%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
21%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
79%
“I feel extremely safe”
5%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
64%
“We bought the gear”
32%
“We live for the big game”
18%
“It”s not really our thing”
15%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
9%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
55%
“They keep regular office hours”
39%
“They”re always available”
88%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
6%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
0%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
18%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
48%
“We only party on weekends”
33%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
0%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
36%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
9%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Roger Williams University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    87 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    60 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    88 Students rated campus food 4.3 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    89 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    89 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    89 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    89 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    89 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Roger Williams University?

34 Students rated Roger Williams University

natalie - 02/16/2022

Used to be ok and now everything has gone to shit. Don’t waste your money here unless you’d like to be extremely disappointed in everything. Food used to be good, now it’s absolute garbage. Not shit to do on weekends, dorms are full of black mold, and just about everyone who runs this college only cares about money.

Lisa - 01/27/2021

Even though Roger Williams is a smaller school, we still have a lot to offer. The first thing I wanna talk about is the location, being on its own peninsula gives its students amazing views of the water as well as sunrises and sunsets. The campus has that authentic campus feel and the vibe is very friendly. My first week I can’t even tell you how many upperclassmen welcomed me and my friends. It is a real priority to make everyone feel included. The classes are on the smaller side so you can have a more personal learning experience with the professor. They always keep regular office hours that are open to not just questions about the homework, but just to talk to someone if you wanted to. Roger Williams is ranked top 5% in the country when it comes to food, and anyone on campus can agree to that. We have numerous meals to choose from, many more than I’ve seen at other campus’s, and the cafeteria workers are all super nice to the students. Overall Roger Williams is an ideal place for anyone looking for that authentic college experience with good education, great location and amazing vibes from everyone on campus.

Andrew

The college is nice and people are very friendly on campus. class sizes are all very small, my largest class size was about 30 kids in an intro to biology class. The town of Bristol is quiet with not much to do under if your under 21. I surf a lot so the location is great with Newport beaches 20 minutes away.

Dani

My first year at RWU I was a full time student. Lived on campus, had a meal plan, and attended clubs and orgs. I fit right in within the first three weeks. I love everything about this school from the professors to the academics to the campus and the students. Only down side is being on the water = LOTS of wind and rain. After switching to part time nights my second year, I am proud to still be a part of the RWU community.

Roger Williams University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Roger Williams University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Roger Williams University is 79%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    You need to look at all different schools in all different places. You need to look at colleges in warm places and cold places and you need to look at schools near and far from your home. You also need to look at schools of different sizes small and large.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    All of my classmates are welcoming and very nice; everyone is excited to be here, to get to know new people, and to start a new chapter in their lives.

    Read all  24 answers
  4. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best know for how beautiful it is, it is located right on the mount hope bay. It is known for the students having a lot of work and always in the library. It is also known for going to the bars in providence. The food is amazing.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Roger Williams University is a great environment for everyone that attends. There are groups of friends but all the groups intertwine. Classes are challenging but engage everyone to make sure the class is comfortable with material. Other schools I considered did not seem to have such great qualities.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    the looks

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    the people

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    It's a nice campus with seemingly a lot of resources that unfortunately don't necessarily lead to challenging classes or interesting opportunities for intellectual growth.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    My group of friends, and how there are 20 of us and we are all so close and miss eachother so much and school when we are home. I also brag about the food which is amazing.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I would say that the most frustrating thing on school is that the wireless around campus and in the dorms can be kind of slow. But the student body voiced this to the Technology Dept, and now changes are being made to the wireless systems to make them faster and able to support the larger student body that Roger Williams has. The school continues to grow and update itself as its students do, and they listen. Its reassuring to know that they are willing to fix a probem that the students have brought up.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    What was expected of me

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    a person who only wants to have fun and party in college. This campus is very fun but everyone is pretty serious and on top of their studies as well.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    individuals who are openminded and desiring to become part of a diverse and open community.

    Read all  10 answers
  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Campus Entertainment Network and the Dance Club

    Read all  5 answers
  15. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    They used to be. But now it's harder than ever to get in here and they are accepting more minorities and more minorities decide to come here. As far as the "rich" goes, its true for a lot of people, but it's not a sweeping generalization. I'm not rich, and some of my friends aren't rich. But it is common to see BMWs, Hummers, and Audis driving around.

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Class is easy and we don't have very good internships. Some teachers are very helpful but others seem uninterested in your concerns.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    That we are "Rich, White, Upperclass", with no diversity on campus.

    Read all  4 answers
  18. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    It's a good school but it's very concerned with image and academically it is not very challenging.

    Read all  4 answers
  19. What are your classes like?

    They remind me of my highschool classes

    Read all  1 answers
  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Rich White Underachievers

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

4,902

Total Undergrad Enrollment

291

Total Grad Students

87%

Out-Of-State

12%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

92

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

59%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
72%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

95% of students attending Roger Williams University receive some sort of financial aid. 15% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$32,100

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$900

Books and Supplies

$15,086

Room and Board

48,086

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$26,050
$30 - $48K
$29,879
$48 - $75K
$32,185
$75 - $110K
$34,022
$110K & UP
$36,071

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