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Roger Williams University Overview

Roger Williams University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bristol, Rhode Island. Bristol is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Roger Williams University Known For?

1,006 Undergraduate Awards
$41,733 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at RWU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at RWU.
  • In 2017-2018, 41% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, RWU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $50,500 a year. That's about 24% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average RWU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Roger Williams University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, RWU is ranked #140 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 10 colleges in Rhode Island, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

RWU has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#126 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RWU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Legal Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Legal Professions (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Non-Professional General Legal Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards RWU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#12 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#102 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#115 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central
#118 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#152 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Roger Williams University?

Location of Roger Williams University

Contact details for RWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Phone: 401-253-1040
Website: https://www.rwu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rogerwilliamsuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myrwu

How Do I Get Into RWU?

You can apply to RWU online at: www.commonapp.org/

Admission Requirements for RWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into RWU?

82% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
RWU has an acceptance rate of 82%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Can I Afford Roger Williams University?

$41,733 Net Price
71% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RWU is $41,733. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At RWU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $12,567 a year. That adds up to $50,268 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RWU is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Roger Williams University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,962 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,537 undergraduate students at RWU, with 3,962 being full-time and 575 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  RWU

There are also 323 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,962 full-time undergraduates at RWU, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Roger Williams University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 61
Black or African American 65
Hispanic or Latino 267
White 3,211
International Students 68
Other Races/Ethnicities 290

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Roger Williams University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at RWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, China, and Dominican Republic.

Online Learning at Roger Williams University

312 Took All Classes Online
567 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 10 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at RWU. In 2017-2018, 567 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at RWU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in Rhode Island for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of RWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Roger Williams University was -2.2%. This is the #2,343 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at RWU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of RWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Architecture & Related Services 3%
Business Administration & Management 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 1%
Community Organization & Advocacy 50%
Education 3%
Fine & Studio Arts 50%
General Social Sciences 12%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 13%
Health Professions 40%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 75%
Liberal Arts General Studies 75%
Visual & Performing Arts 63%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at RWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at RWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Gerontology #29
Industrial Production Technology #31
General Social Sciences #50
Mental & Social Health Services #69
Legal Support Services #87
Public Administration #102
Allied Health Professions #105
Legal Professions #119
Information Technology #138
General Psychology #161
Engineering Technologies #181
Social Sciences #210
Psychology #220
Public Administration & Social Service #223
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #228
Health & Medical Administrative Services #370
Criminal Justice & Corrections #434
Computer & Information Sciences #447
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #493

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Roger Williams University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 5 95 0 26 126
General Architecture 0 0 72 0 45 117
Business Administration & Management 0 0 61 0 20 81
Legal Support Services 6 48 24 0 0 78
Marketing 0 0 76 0 0 76
General Psychology 0 0 61 0 0 61
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 46 0 0 46
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 44 0 0 44
Accounting 0 0 38 0 0 38
Construction Management 0 0 38 0 0 38
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 34 0 0 34
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 31 0 0 31
General Biology 0 0 31 0 0 31
Public Administration 0 0 13 2 12 27
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 26 0 0 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 22 22
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 20 0 0 20
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 11 0 7 18
International Business 0 0 16 0 0 16
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 0 13 0 0 15
Political Science & Government 0 0 15 0 0 15
Public Health 1 0 12 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 13 0 0 13
Civil Engineering 0 0 12 0 0 12
Writing Studies 0 0 12 0 0 12
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 11 0 0 11
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 10 0 0 10
Journalism 0 0 8 0 0 8
Electrical Engineering 0 0 8 0 0 8
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 3 5 0 0 8
Historic Preservation 0 0 3 0 5 8
General Social Sciences 0 3 1 0 4 8
Computer Science 0 0 7 0 0 7
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 7 0 0 7
Dance 0 0 7 0 0 7
History 0 0 6 0 0 6
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 0 0 5 0 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 5 0 0 5
Information Technology 0 0 0 1 3 4
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 4 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 4 0 0 4
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 3 0 0 3
International Relations & National Security 0 0 3 0 0 3
Music 0 0 3 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 2 0 0 2
Graphic Communications 0 0 2 0 0 2
Allied Health Professions 0 0 2 0 0 2
Mathematics 0 0 2 0 0 2
Economics 0 0 2 0 0 2
Community Organization & Advocacy 2 0 0 0 0 2
Architectural History 0 0 1 0 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 1 0 0 1
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 1 0 0 1
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 1 0 0 1
Applied Mathematics 0 0 1 0 0 1
Gerontology 1 0 0 0 0 1
Philosophy 0 0 1 0 0 1
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 12 59 935 3 144 1,153

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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