Roger Williams University

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Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Bristol, RI 4,528 85% 1% 81% 63% 3.4 26 1120 79

Roger Williams University is a private liberal arts university in Bristol, Rhode Island. Founded in 1956, it was named for theologian and Rhode Island cofounder Roger Williams. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 140 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar.

RWU overlooks Mount Hope Bay in Bristol, Rhode Island, is a short trip from Providence, Boston and New York. The university requires freshmen and sophomores to live on campus. Students at Roger Williams have the opportunity to join more than 80 clubs and organizations, including the Campus Entertainment Network, which plans and programs events on campus.


Roger Williams University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Academics are the heart of Roger Williams University. With more than 45 programs of undergraduate study, over a dozen graduate programs, RI’s only Law School and a full suite of programs for a wide profile of students at our University College, RWU offers a wide variety of studies all with a commitment to Affordable Excellence. Popular majors include Paralegal, Architecture, and Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Administration.

Special Highlights

Experiential Learning. At Roger Williams University, we understand that an education today needs to be experiential, linking classroom-based theory with practical learning experiences for students across all majors. It’s why we believe and encourage our students to take part in the many Experiential Learning opportunities we offer. RWU is a proud member of Campus Compact, a leader in building civic engagement into campus and academic life.

Undeclared at Gabelli School of Business. Not every student arrives with a specific area of focus in mind, so we make it easy for you to explore the many majors within GSB before you choose what sparks your passion. Exploratory student resources include: Bloomberg Businessweek self-assessment exercises, which have been developed by the most talented business faculty in the world, and a first-year course, Enterprise, that covers multiple business challenges. It even allows you to develop a plan to launch your own business.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

Roger Williams University is inextricably connected to Roger Williams, the 17th-century leader devoted to freedom of conscience and social justice who founded a community in Rhode Island based on those tenets. The School of Justice Studies is dedicated to preparing students to successfully meet the challenges facing modern justice system. Through courses taught by academic experts and experienced practitioners, students acquire in-depth views of today’s justice system. Outside the classroom, students gain invaluable hands-on experience through internships, applied research, and training.

Student Reviews…

“Roger Williams has plenty of potential to not only be a great academic school but a great school for the community, but is lacking diversity. The professors are professionals in their field. Students will be well equipped with knowledge of their field by the end of their four years.”