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 4% 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 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.
Roger Williams University Rankings
We have ranked RWU as #180 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.
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 been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
|#21||Best Associate Degree Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#25||Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#180||Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools||Tweet It - Post It|
|#194||Best Master’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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards RWU has earned from around the web.
|#5||Best Legal Assistant/Paralegal Schools||College Factual|
|#6||Best Legal Support Services Schools||College Factual|
|#30||Best Legal Professions Schools||College Factual|
|#48||Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools||College Factual|
|#53||Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools||College Factual|
|#175||Best Business Schools||Business Degree Central|
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 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.
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
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RWU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $13,549 a year. That adds up to $54,196 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at RWU is 4.0%. 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 356 graduate students at the school.
Of the 3,828 full-time undergraduates at RWU, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Roger Williams University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||88|
|Hispanic or Latino||335|
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 2019-2020.
Online Affordability Rankings of RWU
The following table shows how RWU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.
|Major||Tuition for In-State Students||Tuition for Out-of-State Students|
|Fine & Studio Arts||#21||#21|
|Mental & Social Health Services||#25||#25|
|Industrial Production Technology||#48||#48|
|Legal Support Services||#56||#56|
|General Social Sciences||#61||#61|
|Visual & Performing Arts||#73||#73|
Online Growth Rankings of RWU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Roger Williams University was -17.6%. This is the #2,047 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at RWU regardless of major.
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
- Image Credit: By Notyourbroom under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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