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Freshman Applicants

This section is for those applicants who have not taken any college/university courses after completing secondary school (high school). College/university courses taken while in high school do not affect this status.

Deadlines:
Early Action I:  November 1
Early Action II:  December 1
Regular Decision:  February 1

Note: Applications are due on or by the deadline.

  • Your completed application
  • $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s) - including your first quarter senior grades
  • AP exam score(s) - if applicable
  • Official College Transcript(s) - if applicable
  • One (1) letter of recommendation is required - please be sure to include applicants full name and complete mailing address on the recommendation.
  • Application essay (250-650 words)
  • Program Requirements
    (Architecture, Performing Arts, Secondary Education, Elementary Education Graphic Design Communication, Creative Writing & Visual Arts)
  • Extracurricular activity sheet (optional/not required)
  • Students applying for financial aid should file the FAFSA (Federal & State Aid) by February 1 & Complete the CSS Profile (Institutional Aid) by January 1st.

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Transfer Applicants

This section is for transfer applicants who has earned a high school diploma or GED and has subsequently enrolled in and/or completed one or more college-level course(s)

Deadlines:
Fall semester: April 15 - Deposits are non-refundable after May 1
Spring semester:  Deposits: Due by December 1

Note: If applying after the deadline, contact the office of Transfer Admissions

  • Your completed application
  • $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • Final, official high school transcript sent directly to Admissions from your high school
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional, with exceptions): standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) are optional for all students applying for admission with the exception of applicants to the programs of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additional details can be found on the Test Optional Policy page, on the website.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, sent directly from the issuing institution in order to be considered official
  • Midsemester grades from your current semester
  • Provide a list of courses in progress that are not listed on the transcript
  • Please send copies of course descriptions or syllabi of all courses you have taken. You may also send the academic catalog from every college you have attended.
  • If applicable, request that a copy of your GED (General Education Development Certificate) scores be sent to RWU
  • Application essay (250-650 words)
  • Letter of recommendation (only one required)
  • Program Requirements
    (Architecture, Performing Arts, Secondary Education, Elementary Education Graphic Design Communication, Creative Writing & Visual Arts)
  • Students applying for financial aid should file the FAFSA (Federal & State Aid) by February 1 & Complete the CSS Profile (Institutional Aid) by January 1st.
  • Roger Williams University reserves the right to require students to provide consent for the release of disciplinary records from any and all institutions attended.

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International Applicants

This section is for Non-U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident Student who requires a visa to study in the United States (non-immigrant students); an international student may be either a Freshman or a Transfer student.

Deadlines: (Rolling Admissions)
Fall - Early Action I:  November 1
Early Action II: December 1
Regular Decision February 1

Note: Applications are due on or by the deadline.

  • Your completed application
  • $50 (U.S.) nonrefundable application fee
  • Official secondary school transcript in the original language, accompanied by a translation if not in English, and sent directly to Admissions by your secondary school. They must be either originals with a school seal and/or signature OR copies certified by authorized persons.
  • Standardized Test Scores (optional, with exceptions): standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) are optional for all students applying for admission with the exception of applicants to the programs of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additional details can be found on the Test Optional Policy page, on the website.
  • Official IB transcript - if applicable - sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission along with course syllabi.
  • Application essay (250-650 words)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from a school (secondary/college/ university) official (only one is required)
  • Program Requirements
    (Architecture, Performing Arts, Secondary Education, Elementary Education Graphic Design Communication, Creative Writing & Visual Arts)
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) (RWU does not require the TOEFL or IELTS.  However, if you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS, please submit these scores.)

Transfer Students (International)

  • Official secondary school graduation diploma in the original language, accompanied by a translation if not in English, and sent directly to Admissions by your secondary school. They must be either originals with a school seal and/or signature OR copies certified by authorized persons.
  • Official university/post-secondary transcript(s) in the original language, accompanied by a translation if not in English, and sent directly to Admissions from each institution attended since secondary school completion
  • Course descriptions or syllabi of all courses you have taken. You may also send the academic catalog from every college you have attended.
  • WES Evaluation (if requested)

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