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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at RWU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards RWU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Roger Williams University?
Contact details for RWU are given below.
|Address:||One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809-2921|
How Do I Get Into RWU?
You can apply to RWU online at: www.commonapp.org/
Admission Requirements for RWU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into RWU?
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?
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
There are also 323 graduate students at the school.
Of the 3,962 full-time undergraduates at RWU, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Roger Williams University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||65|
|Hispanic or Latino||267|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at RWU has changed over the last few years.
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.
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|
|Industrial Production Technology||#31|
|General Social Sciences||#50|
|Mental & Social Health Services||#69|
|Legal Support Services||#87|
|Allied Health Professions||#105|
|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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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