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Study at Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private liberal arts university. Founded in 1956, the RWU campus sits on 120 acres of land in Bristol, Rhode Island. It was originally called the Roger Williams Junior College and was given its present name in 1992. RWU enrolls over 4, 000 undergraduate and graduate students every year.

RWU offers more than 30 different majors and minors to its students. Students can also opt for master degrees in teaching, arts, public administration, architecture, construction management, criminal justice and forensic psychology. Classes are offered in the following schools:

  • Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gabelli School of Business
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management
  • School of Justice Studies
The athletics teams of RWU are known as the Hawks. They participate in sports like baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling, softball and volleyball.

Profile of Roger Williams University

The main campus of Roger Williams University is in Bristol, RI (a large suburb). The school is a private, not-for-profit school. Roger Williams University offers degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school students most commonly major in a field related to media, drama and performing arts, architecture and planning, and security and law enforcement.

Roger Williams University Selectivity

Roger Williams University does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 490 to 580. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 510 or more. Students attending Roger Williams University come from a variety of places, in and out of state.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors. Salaries for full-time faculty at Roger Williams University are higher than most, allowing the school to afford quality teaching.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, the school had 4, 586 enrolled students.

Student Life

Roger Williams University is generally not a school for part-time students. Many students at the school live in campus housing. Roger Williams University makes available a lot of student housing. Student athletes at the school belong to the Commonwealth Coast Conference and Eastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Roger Williams University is an independent Liberal Arts University that combines the unique strengths of small liberal arts colleges and those of larger comprehensive universities and where liberal and professional education are enhanced by their integration and the recognition of their unity. At the foundation of the institution is a set of core values that play a central role in guiding a respectful, diverse, and intellectually vibrant university community: -Love of learning as an intrinsic value -Preparation for careers and future study -Collaboration of students and faculty in research -Commitment to community service -Appreciation of global perspectives"

Roger Williams University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management210business management, marketing, finance, accounting, MIS, international business
Security and Law Enforcement140criminal justice and administration
Liberal Arts107political science, history, creative writing, social studies, historic preservation and conservation, English, foreign language and literature, interdisciplinary studies, . . .
Therapy and Counselling88psychology, mental and social health services
Architecture and Planning74architecture
Media71media studies, graphic communications
Science45marine biology, biology, chemistry, chemistry courses
Engineering Technician39construction engineering tech, manufacturing tech
Education and Teaching29elementary school teaching, reading teaching, health teaching
Law24legal professions, legal assistant
Family and Social Work21public administration
Engineering17engineering, environmental engineering
Drama and Performing Arts15dance, drama
Art Studies9art studies
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy
Medical administration0environmental health, health care administration

Contact: Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University

One Old Ferry Rd

Bristol, RI 02809-2923

General Phone: (401) 253-1040


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