West Coast Guide

Where is RWU?

West Coast Guide reading students should know: In the heart of New England, RWU enjoys four distinct seasons; flights to Rhode Island are currently available from many West Coast locations.RWU’s location in Rhode Island puts us in the heart of New England, a historic area of the country that includes Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut

We enjoy four very distinct seasons

Easy and close access to all types of terrain and settings: 

  • beaches and lakes for watersports 
  • nature parks and trails for hiking and biking 
  • major cities with vibrant cultures, and tons to explore  
    • Providence, at about 30 minutes northwest of the Bristol campus, and Boston, about an hour north, are the closest major cities 
    • New York City is approximately 3.5 hours south, and accessible directly via bus, train, and air 

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✈️ Getting to RWU 

West Coast Guide reading students may be interested to know RWU Sailing ranked first in the nation in 2018 in the co-ed division. Rob Migliaccio Photography
Rob Migliaccio Photography

Flights to T.F. Green Airport (PVD) currently available from locations including: 

  • Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, California 
  • Seattle and Spokane, Washington 
  • Portland, Oregon 

View map and directions

Visit RWU

We encourage you to visit RWU, if you can. A visit will give you the opportunity to explore all corners of campus with a current student who will share personal experiences and stories about the RWU community.  

Register for a visit

West Coast Guide reading students may be interested in exploring our Bristol campus via our Virtual Tour⚓ Experience RWU  

From academic offerings to cutting-edge athletic facilities, residence halls, our top-rated dining commons and more.  

Take our virtual tour

Academic Offerings 

With over 45 majors and more than 70 minors, we have the right program to fit your passion and prepare you for success. 

Find your program

⛵ Explore Bristol 

The historic town that RWU calls home is filled with unique shops, waterfront dining, miles of waterfront and bike paths, and Colt State Park close by. 

Explore the town

Application Process  

At RWU, we welcome interest from new students who have the passion and drive to solve problems for the community and the world. Learn more about our application process, key deadlines and dates, financial aid, and merit awards. Ask about our new $1,500 Travel Grant for enrolling 2020 students outside of the U.S. northeast. No additional application is required.

Are you ready to join us?