RWU Admission COVID-19 FAQs

How is Roger Williams University responding to the COVID-19 pandemic? 

RWU continues to act with the health and safety of our entire community as our top priority, to that end, the University has made the difficult decision that students will not return to campus and will continue remote learning for the duration of the spring 2020 semester. 

How are campus visits and events impacted? 

All events scheduled for March and April (Admitted Student Days, Open House, Transfer Visit Days) have been canceled, and all campus visits are suspended through April 6 at this time. We are hopeful to be able to reschedule these events in May and to resume campus visits as soon as it is safe to do so.  

How can I learn about RWU and interact with the RWU community during this time? 

We are excited to live stream our admission information sessions and admitted student information sessions so that you can learn about RWU and get your questions answered. We are also online at 4 p.m. EST Monday through Friday and Sundays for an open Q&A with admission counselors and current RWU students. We will be adding more live streamed and recorded sessions over the coming days. You can also take our virtual campus tour anytime (in either English or Spanish). Learn more about all options and register here

How does this affect the process and timeline for admitted students? 

We have extended the enrollment reservation deadline from May 1 to June 1 to provide additional time for students to make a thoughtful decision. With serious concerns about health and employment on the minds of families at this time, we understand that this impacts the ability to think about college and engage in long-term planning. We also hope to be able to welcome students back onto campus in May for admitted student programming. 

Are the Offices of Admission and Financial Aid still open? 

Yes. We are not physically in the office right now, but we are working remotely. You can get in touch with the offices and individual counselors by email or phone. We are happy to schedule video or phone meetings with you. The main office numbers are still being answered during regular business hours.  

How will this affect future applicants whose schools are closed and whose standardized test dates have been canceled? 

The good news is that RWU has been test-optional for years. So, standardized test scores are not required to apply. We have always accommodated students throughout the admission process and will continue to be extraordinarily flexible particularly with students whose high school experience and transcripts will be impacted by the school closures.  

Please check out the University’s COVID-19 Information webpage for university-wide updates.