Admission & Aid

Welcome! Roger Williams University is a comprehensive university that focuses on hands-on learning and real work experiences in partnership with our local communities.

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Hear From Students

Our students are passionate about being here. Hear what they love most and why they chose RWU.

Why I Chose RWU

"Teachers and students reached out even before I was accepted and made me feel included." – Andrea Arriaga Cota, International Relations, Class of 2023 

The Personal Connections at RWU

“I chose RWU because of a personal connection with a professor here before I was even actually accepted.” – Devlin Welch, Chemistry Major, Physics Minor, Class of 2022

The RWU Community

“RWU  is my home away from home. The small class size means you get to build really strong relationships with professors.” – Erica Woolen, Communications Major, Marketing Minor, Class of 2022

Take a Tour of Campus

Our campus is currently open for in-person tours following all COVID safety protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing at all times. Please check your own state's current travel policy for appropriate guidance when determining if a an on-campus visit is possible. Tours are available on both weekdays and weekends. Your student tour guide will show you all the highlights around campus. Bring your questions!

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  • Undergraduate

    Connect with us through one of our numerous in-person and virtual visit experiences Register for a visit
  • UG First-Year Students

    We consider the whole person when reviewing applications and are test-optional What We Look For
  • UG Transfer Students

    Find out about our seamless credit transfer process and free Rapid App Apply Now
  • International Students

    We welcome students from all over the globe, providing a personalized and supportive community Learn More
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Stay in the Know!

Join our mailing list to learn more about RWU and keep up-to-date with our application deadlines, visit opportunities and exciting news from campus!

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Safe, Beautiful Waterfront Campus

Bristol, RI, is ranked as one of the safest college towns in the country by, and recognized by Architectural Digest as one of the top small towns to visit in the United States.

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Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid

As part of our comprehensive financial aid packaging, we offer institutionally-supported merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to approximately $24,000. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships, with no separate application required!  

Plus, these scholarships will renew all four years, you just need to remain in good academic standing at the university.

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Meet Your Admission Counselor!

Our admission team is here to help you at every stage of the college admission process. Your dedicated admission counselor can answer any of your questions - from the little things to your bigger questions. Your admission counselor can also help put you in touch with other resources across the university, including athletics and academic support services. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!

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Learn More About Applying

Are you a first-year applicant? Our comprehensive, holistic review means that the Admission Committee reads and weighs all the pieces of your submitted application. Learn more about our approach and the latest COVID related policies for admission for Fall 2021. 

Discover the 5 Areas We Review
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Take a Virtual Tour of Our Campus!

Grab a sneak peek of RWU with this fully narrated tour across our waterfront campus. You'll be able to take a closer look at each academic and student life building! This comprehensive tour is a perfect primer for a visit to our campus. 

Take a Virtual Stroll Across Campus
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The Latest RWU News

  • Roger Life: During DC Internships, Deepening Their Commitment to Create Change

    As part of RWU’s partnership with the Washington Internship Institute, sophomores Dominion Emmanuel and Blessing Pour are in the nation's capital this semester. Emmanuel is interning at Dzubow & Pilcher, PLLC, a D.C. immigration law firm specializing in asylum. Pour is interning for the Prisoners' Rights Initiative at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

  • Roger Life: Grayson Scanlon is Here and Proud

    “Growing up, a lot of my queer identity was founded in an online community. To go to college and be able to celebrate my queer and trans friendships in-person means so much to me," says Junior Grayson Scanlon, Sexuality and Gender Alliance's Outreach Chair. "When we had to be remote in the spring of 2020, it felt like I had to regress to having that identity only be online. Being able to go back on campus is a big deal because we are still here and proud, despite everything that is going on.”

  • Roger Life: Using their Brains, for Science Communication

    Josh Abston and Mackenzie Seccombe, founders of RWU’s Brain Club, are bringing neuroscience to Rhode Island elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. They created a science experiment to virtually share with participating schools for Brain Week Rhode Island, which ran from March 15-20, 2021.