Roger Williams University

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 & Sciences
  • Gabelli School of Business
  • Roger Williams University School of Law
  • School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering, Computing, & 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 & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling, softball and volleyball.

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Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Rd
Bristol , RI 02809-2923
General Phone: (401) 253-1040

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Roger Williams University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management172business management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, marketing
Security and Law Enforcement160criminal justice and administration
Liberal Arts114American studies, foreign language and literature, English, creative writing, historic preservation and conservation, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, social studies, ...
Therapy and Counseling101psychology, forensic psychology, mental and social health services
Media69media studies, graphic communications
Architecture and Planning62architecture
Science59biology, marine biology, chemistry, chemistry courses
Engineering Technician52manufacturing tech, construction engineering tech
Family and Social Work42public administration
Law39legal assistant, legal professions
Engineering32engineering, environmental engineering
Education and Teaching30elementary school teaching, health teaching, reading teaching
Drama and Performing Arts14dance, drama
Art Studies7art studies
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering3computer science
Medical Administration1health care administration, environmental health
Fine Arts1art history and criticism

Number of programs and degrees for Roger Williams University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree87142
Master's degree806
Postbaccalaureate certificate86
Associate's degree143
Award of less than 1 academic year11

Roger Williams University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Roger Williams University had a total enrollment of 4,586 students (4,068 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 39%
20-21 36%
22-24 10%
25-29 4%
30-34 2%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Roger Williams University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 82 %

Roger Williams University Room and Board (2007)

Roger Williams University offers campus housing for 2,839 of its 4,068 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bristol, Rhode Island for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Rhode Island Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Roger Williams University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500590
SAT Math520600
ACT Composite2125

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT20%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Roger Williams University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,718
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,718
Room and board $ 12,140
Room charge $ 6,390
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,490
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 1,587

Financial Aid:
Roger Williams University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 341000)

Roger Williams University Faculty

Roger Williams University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4433
Non-tenured and not on tenure track107

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year56$98,67722$99,574
Associate professoracademic year27$87,52127$87,030
Assistant professoracademic year42$71,64135$69,577
All faculty totalacademic year125$87,18384$83,043

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Roger Williams University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Baseball Commonwealth Coast Conference
Track Commonwealth Coast Conference

Roger Williams University Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education

Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other

Mathematics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other
Graphic Communications, General

Medical Administration
Environmental Health
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Forensic Psychology
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Psychology, General

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