Visit RWU

Photos are great, but RWU looks even better in person. We invite you to visit us and see for yourself! There are a number of ways you can experience RWU - campus tours, special admission events, customized shadow visits, counselor tours, and group visits. Please review the visit descriptions below and consider that one that best meets your needs. We hope to see you soon!

Where to Find Us

Roger Williams University's Bristol Campus is located at One Old Ferry Road in Bristol, R.I., about a half-hour south of Providence and a half-hour north of Newport.

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Spring Admission Events

Explore RWU at one of our Spring Admission Events. While both types of events are beneficial for anyone interested in RWU, we offer recommendations below to help you select the experience that best meets your needs.

Spring Open Houses

For students who have already begun their college search process and want to take a deeper dive into all the RWU has to offer, our Spring Open Houses are for you. At these events you can interact with faculty and staff during our Academic and Information Fair where representatives from our academic majors and campus offices will be present to answer your questions. You can also attend an admission and/or financial aid information session, a presentation on how to write a college application essay, or a session on being an RWU student athlete. Campus tours will be ongoing throughout the event.

April 17   April 23

Spring Open House Agenda

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  • Registration begins at 12 p.m.
  • Admission Information Sessions at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • How to Write a College Application Essay Presentations at 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Tours Begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • Academic and Information Fair from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.
  • The RWU Student Athlete Experience Presentation at 1:30 p.m.
  • Financial Aid Information Sessions at 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

College Advice Workshops

For students who are just starting their college search, or those who are looking for expert advice on the college admission process, our College Advice Workshops are for you. College Advice Workshops will provide you with a variety of sessions to choose from that include: College Application Tips & Tricks, How to Write a Killer Essay, the RWU Student Athlete, Getting Involved, Mock Class, and Financial Aid and Affordability. There will also be two time options for a general information session, which is followed by a campus tour. Upon registering for the event, you can customize your schedule for the day by selecting what sessions you would like to attend.

April 18   April 24

College Advice Workshop Session Descriptions

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  • All About RWU and Campus Tour is an RWU Admission Information Session and student-led campus tour.
  • Tips and Tricks to Applying Presentation - hear from RWU Admission experts.
  • How to Write a College Application Essay -  make your essay stand out with admission committees.
  • The RWU Student Athlete Experience:  everything you should know about being an athlete at RWU.
  • Getting Involved - find out about our 70+ clubs and organizations and all aspects of student life.
  • Lunch and Academic Presentation - try our award winning food and hear about RWU academics.
  • Mock Class - join a faculty member for a first-hand experience of how Roger Williams puts learning at the center of the classroom.
  • Financial Aid & Affordability - an inside looks at the financial aid process.

Campus Tours & Information Sessions

Join us for a student-led campus tour and an admission information session with one of our counselors. The 30-minute presentation will allow you to discover what makes Roger Williams University distinctive, and will cover information and tips about the application, scholarships and the financial aid process. Our one-hour campus tour will allow you to explore all corners of the campus with a current student who will share personal experiences and stories about the RWU community. 

Information sessions and campus tours are offered Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. We also offer information sessions and campus tours most Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Register for a Campus Tour

Shadow Visit

Are you a student trying to figure out where you’ll be calling home for the next couple years? Visiting our beautiful waterfront campus and attending classes led by our attentive and experienced faculty are the best ways to know if Roger Williams University is the right choice for you. Join the experts – our students –  and experience life at RWU from a student’s perspective! 

Please note: Shadow visits are available to any high school student in the fall semester (September-December) and applied or admitted students ONLY in the spring semester (January-May).  Please remember high school vacation weeks fill up quickly and shadow visits are coordinated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow us a minimum of two weeks of planning in advance of your desired visit date. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Email us at with the following information to set up your shadow visit.

Full Name
Year of High School Graduation
Intended Major
Best Phone Number
Three Available Dates for the Visit

Virtual Tour

From academic offerings to cutting-edge athletic facilities, residence halls, our top-rated dining commons and more, you’ll get a glimpse of what’s in store for you on our waterfront campus.

Take our Virtual Tour

On The Road

RWU Admission representatives travel to high schools, college fairs and community colleges all across the country and even around the globe! Find out when we’ll be visiting your area.

On The Road 

Group Visits

RWU welcomes groups of students from schools and community organizations. If you are trying to schedule a group visit to our campus, we'd love to see you! Register your group today to learn what it’s like to be a Hawk! We will tailor a group visit to meet your needs and make the most of your time on campus --  whether it’s taking a campus tour, speaking to current students on their experiences or even hearing from a faculty member in a specific major to learn more about a program.  Take a look at what we offer here at RWU and register your group for a visit today!

Please note: High school vacation weeks fill up quickly and group visits are coordinated on a first-come, first-served basis. We request you submit all group visit requests a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of your desired visit date.

Register for your Group Visit