About the School

Welcome to Roger Williams University. Amid all the uncertainty, excitement, strangeness, and ambiguity, let this world of discovery and learning speak to you for a while before you speak to it.

If you do so, you'll find that although there are no grand truths to be had, your education will still be rich with small truths that can serve as navigational markers in the flux that constitutes our lives.

Robert Frost, in "The Figure a Poem Makes,"  gets at this when he says,

"It begins in delight, it inclines to the impulse, it assumes direction with the first line laid down, it runs a course of lucky events, and ends in a clarification of life—not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against the confusion. It has denouement."

Intend to be brilliant while at RWU and cast aside any doubts you might have, because you belong precisely where you are. Above all, remember that intellectual curiosity is the sine qua non of leading a good life.

— Robert Cole, Dean