Roger Williams University

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One Old Ferry Road

Bristol, RI 02809

Phone: (401) 253-1040
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#37 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Roger Williams University is a private institution that was founded in 1956. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,391, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 143 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Roger Williams University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 37. Its tuition and fees are $31,668 (2013-14).

Located on 140 acres overlooking Mount Hope Bay in Bristol, R.I., Roger Williams University is a short trip from Providence, R.I.; Boston; and New York. Freshmen admitted to the university are required to live on campus but can move off campus after their first year. More than 60 percent of the student body does live on campus. Students at Roger Williams have the opportunity to join the more than 80 clubs and organizations available, including the Campus Entertainment Network, which is a standing committee of the Student Senate that plans and programs entertainment events. Known as the Hawks, Roger Williams fields 20 varsity teams that compete in the NCAA Division III.

Roger Williams promotes personal attention between students and instructors, which has resulted in the university offering no teaching assistants for any course. Each class is prepared and presented by a faculty member of the university. The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs at Roger Williams University offers students opportunities to study abroad in more than 30 countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, and Hong Kong.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Roger Williams University is a regional leader in the liberal arts strengthened by professional schools. The 140-acre coastal campus lies in historic Bristol, Rhode Island, and is easily accessible from Boston and New York. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the university draws 3,774 full-time undergraduates. Forty liberal arts majors and professional programs blend the traditional and innovative, cultivating multiple areas of expertise. The university also offers graduate programs and the state's only law school. The campus includes modern facilities, recreation, athletics and social opportunities. Students gain the tools to succeed in careers and further study.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1956
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $59,165,000


When applying to Roger Williams University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Roger Williams University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 88.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.1%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Roger Williams University is 15:1, and the school has 50.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Roger Williams University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Architecture and Related Services; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 51%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 10%
Architecture and Related Services 7%
Psychology 7%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Roger Williams University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,391, with a gender distribution of 51.7 percent male students and 48.3 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus. Roger Williams University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,274
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Roger Williams University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Roger Williams University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Roger Williams University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Roger Williams University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Roger Williams University, 59.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $11,872.

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Tuition and fees $31,668 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,120 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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