Parents & Families

Welcome to the Roger Williams University Family!

The Office of Student & Family Assistance focuses on developing lasting relationships that begin at acceptance and extend throughout your college experience. We are dedicated to supporting the overall academic success and well-being of our students.

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A Guide for Students and Families

Renee Vachon Danho, RWU’s first-ever director of student and family assistance, helps empower students with the confidence to succeed as independent adult learners. Additionally, students and families in distress can seek the information they need to effectively navigate crisis situations, including medical leave of absence. Renee can be reached at 401-254-3009 or

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Current Families

Get the information you need to best support your current RWU student whether they are in their first year or their last.

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Prospective Families

Get useful information on RWU admission requirements, programs, majors, and other information to help your student decide on RWU. Also learn about visiting campus, parking on campus, and taking full advantage of your visit to our community.

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Student & Family Events

Orientation, Convocation, Commencement, Homecoming, and Family Weekend are wonderful times when families can get better acquainted with the Roger Williams campus and Bristol community.

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Parent & Family Association

The Parent & Family Association invites parents to serve as ambassadors for RWU in the following areas: Admission, Advancement, Career Services, and Student Life.

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How to Submit Your Event to the University Events Calendar

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The University Events Calendar is your resource to share campus events that are open to the greater campus community. When you submit an event, it's promoted to the entire campus community -- Bristol and Providence campuses -- on the University Events Calendar page and via This Week at Roger, the weekly newsletter of Roger Williams University. Visit the University Events Calendar to view all events and access the event submission form. Or go directly to the event submission form here.

Did You Know? Facts About the RWU Mail Center

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Back in the 1980s, the Mail Center was located in the Administration Building. It was actually situated in the space where Financial Aid currently operates, and was later moved downstairs into the building’s basement.

Because of an increased need for more workspace, the Mail Center was relocated again in 2000; this time to a former building on a site where The Commons sits now. Back then, the building was very small and housed both the Mail Center and Facilities Management. The Mail Center operated there in a space the size of a two-car garage, quickly becoming too small for RWU’s growing needs. Hence, an even larger space was again needed. 

RWU Mail CenterIn 2006, the Mail Center moved into the current location, which at that time was half its current size. Eleven years later, the Mail Center doubled in size to accommodate the influx of incoming packages to the RWU community. The updated Mail Center now features a large lobby so that customers no longer wait outside in the elements. A large loading dock with two garage doors was also added. In addition, the Mail Center currently hosts and operates the university’s copy center.

From its modest beginnings in a garage until now, here are some fascinating facts about the RWU Mail Center:

  • It accepts deliveries from United States Postal Service (USPS), UPS, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home, FedEx Express, DHL, Lasership, and other courier services. 
  • The RWU Mail Center receives 72,000 packages annually. Every package must be scanned in to be recorded, as well as scanned out to be delivered and inventoried.
  • It receives more than 24,000 student letters/magazines every year, which is placed into student mailboxes. More than 60,000 pieces of mail are received yearly for university departments; this mail is then delivered to every department on campus. (Approximately 70 departments daily)
  • The Mail Center has a small staff of two full time employees, two part time employees and one Manager. The tenure of the Mail Center’s employees is sixty two years! In addition to its RWU staff, The Mail Center employees over fifteen part time work study students every semester.

Some statistics that may surprise you -- numbers from the past four years relevant to incoming packages delivered to the RWU Mail Center:

  • 2015 = 59,836
  • 2016 = 63,591
  • 2017 = 71,696
  • 2018 =  Projected over 80,000

(Source: NEOPOST Database)

When you stop into your Mail Center, you are greeted by its smiling staff and/or work-study employees. Many students, former students, parents, faculty and staff sometimes pop in to thank the Mail Center staff for all their hard work. The staff is humbled when they receive tokens of appreciation such as phone calls, cards, high fives, and even treats from their customers. 

So next time you visit your Mail Center you’ll be in the know!