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 and campus visits are suspended at this time. In the meantime, we are offering live-streamed information sessions and presentations, and you can find recordings of our campus tour, RWU student panel, new SECCM Labs buildings and others! You can also take our virtual campus tour anytime (in either English or Spanish). Please visit this page to register for upcoming events and view recordings.

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. 

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 admission and financial aid 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, and you can use our Live Chat option on the admission web site.

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.  

What happens if my school uses pass/fail grading this semester?

Our holistic application review means that we look at each and every piece of information, accomplishment, and involvement - and always in the context of your personal, school, and local environment. And, it means that we are flexible and understanding about factors like this that are beyond your control. You will not be penalized in our admission process for having this type of grading on your transcript. 

If the pre-college summer program I was planning to attend was canceled, are there ways to still get a college experience?

You can take a summer, online course through RWU as a non-matriculating student. This will give you exposure to college-level coursework, professors, and expectations and you will earn credit that can be applied to your degree program.


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