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We understand that different schools have different processes for their summer sessions, so we created this Frequently Asked Questions page to address some of your questions and concerns. Of course, if you can't find what you're looking for or have any additional questions, you can always contact Lori Barry, Administrative Assistant to Provost/Svp for Academic Affairs at (401) 254-3660 or

General Questions

What are the dates for Summer Session?
RWU offers a number of different Summer Session terms, which range from three weeks to ten weeks long. Sessions begin in May; the last session concludes in August. Learn more about our various Summer Session dates.

How can I learn which courses are offered during Summer Session?
Search for the most up-to-date class offerings and availability.

How can I find a course description?
You can find course descriptions in the University Catalog.

How do I learn whether a Summer Session course is still available?
To search for the most up-to-date class offerings and availability, click here. When viewing the course selections in the Campus Portal, search for open classes only, and all classes with available seats will appear.

Will you add additional courses if a popular course fills up?
This is decided on a case-by-case basis with the Registrar's Office and the academic department offering the course. The RWU Campus Portal has up-to-date course offerings and availability for all Summer Session classes.

What is the length of class time for a Summer Session course?
Depending on the Summer Session, class duration varies. Typically classes meet four times a week, either in the morning or the afternoon. Some classes also meet in the evenings for varying times per week.  The RWU Summer Course Schedule (80kb PDF) will tell you when a specific course meets.

Can I take Summer Session courses online?
Yes, there are some online courses offered during the summer. You can search for them on the Courses page.

Do Summer Session classes have papers, final exams or multiple exams?
The coursework for each class depends on the individual class. All courses have a designated  final exam period during the last class meeting. 

How many credits can I register for during Summer Session?
During the Summer Session, you may be enrolled in no more than two courses at the same time, and their meeting times cannot conflict. Exceptions to this require permission from the deans of all of the schools offering the courses you wish to take.

What are the deadlines for adding or dropping Summer courses?
RWU undergraduates may add/drop classes or withdraw from classes through the MyRWU system account until the end of the applicable period for the session in which they are registered. The add/drop deadline dates for these sessions can be found on the published Academic Calendar.

After the published dates you may petition to Lated Add/Drop or Withdraw through the office of the dean offering the course.  



I'm a college student, but I don't attend RWU. Can I take classes at RWU this summer? How do I register?
Yes, you would register as a non-RWU student.

I'm a Bristol campus student. How do I register for summer classes at RWU’s metro campus?
Log in to search for classes and register online. You may also register by mail, fax or in person at the RWU Registrar’s Office. Summer Session classes are offered online, at our main campus in Bristol and at RWU's metro campus in Providence. .

I'm currently studying abroad, but will be back on campus this summer. How do I register for Summer Session classes?
Log in search for classes and register online. You may also register by mail, fax or in person at any RWU Registrar's Office.


Cost / Financial Aid

How much does Summer Session cost?
Summer session courses are paid on a per-class basis for our students. For more specific information, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Can I apply for financial aid for Summer Session?
Contact the Office of Financial Aid or 1-800-458-7144, Ext. 3100 for more information regarding loans and work-study opportunities.

Are Summer Session scholarships available?
There are currently no such scholarships available through the University.

Does my full-tuition RWU scholarship include Summer Session?
No. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or 1-800-458-7144, Ext. 3100 for more information regarding loans and work-study opportunities.


Summer Housing

Are campus housing and meal plans available during the summer? How do I sign up?
Yes, discounted housing meal plans are available to students who are registered for a Summer Session. Our fees for summer housing and dining plans can be found here. For a description of our summer housing options, look for Bayside and Almeida on our Housing website.



Is a parking permit required during the summer?
Yes, please visit the Office of Public Safety and Parking website for more information about parking permits for our Bristol and Providence campuses.



How do I purchase a textbook for a summer course?
Please visit the RWU Bookstore website for more information.