Roger Williams University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Rhode Island


Named after the seventeenth-century founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University shares Williams' dedication to education, freedom and tolerance. The university sits on an attractive 140-acre campus overlooking Mount Hope Bay in Bristol, Rhode Island. Roger Williams takes advantage of its waterfront setting--the school has a winning sailing team, and students can take out one of the university's kayaks during a break. Student life as a whole is active, and students can choose from nearly 100 clubs and organizations. On the academic front, students can choose from over 40 majors, and the curriculum is supported by a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. In athletics, Roger Williams sponsors 18 varsity sports. The Hawks compete in the NCAA Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference for most sports.

Most Popular Majors

Architecture, Criminal Justice, Marketing, Media Communication, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 4609
Total Grad Students: 299
Undergraduate Students: 4310
Faculty: 220

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 20:1

Percent Male: 51%
Percent Female: 49%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

One Old Ferry Rd
Bristol Rhode Island 2809


Main Email:

Main Phone: 401-254-3500

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Wesley Roy
Director of Admissions & Recruitment, Office of Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:
Diane Quesnelle
Associate Registrar, Office of Admissions
401.254. [ ]

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Dave Kemmy
Director of Athletics, Athletic Department

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
A minimum college grade point average of 2.50 is required of transfer applicants.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit is a C or higher.

Credits (Min/Max):
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution is 60. Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution is 75.

Test Scores for Applying:
If you have not completed an associate degree at the time of applying, you are required to submit your SAT/ACT scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
One to two letters of recommendation are preferred.

Essay(s) required:
An essay or personal statement is required of all applicants.

Application Fee:
Application fee: $50.

Other Requirements:
Must submit past course descriptions from previous college classes.

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Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 26
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 490 590
Math 515 600

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 303

Transfers Accepted: 181

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 59%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 78%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -19%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2011


Books: 900

Other Expenses: 2540

Room and Board: 13220

Tuition and Fees: 30908

Total Cost: 47568

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
RWU is committed to assisting you in obtaining the resources and helping you financially plan for your education. The FAFSA deadline is February 1. For more information, please refer to Transfer scholarships range from $4,000 to $10,000.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 8684

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 86%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 63%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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