Welcome School & College Counselors

School counselors are a key partner in helping Roger Williams University serve both our current and future students.

Response to COVID-19 

  • Commitment to safety: To ensure a safe and successful reopening, RWU has established a comprehensive plan to limit exposure and to identify and quarantine positive cases, across the RWU community. These measures require the following of all on-campus students, faculty and staff members: daily symptom screening, weekly COVID-19 testing in partnership with the Broad Institute of Cambridge, the use of face coverings, configuration of shared physical space for social distancing, and in-person, virtual and hybrid options for learning, teaching, and working. 
  • Information exchange: Reopening Roger launched over the summer to provide a repository of information, updates, and resources for all members of the RWU community, as well as family members at home and those planning to visit our Bristol or Providence campuses.
  • On-campus visit opportunities: Adhering to strict safety measures, we’ve successfully reopened our campus to prospective RWU students and their families by limiting sessions to 15 participants (with one tour guide per family), ensuring adequate space for social distancing, provision of face coverings for employees and visitors, and adjustment of tour routes to utilize outdoor space as much as possible. Availability and registration information can be found here.
  • New virtual options: We’ve expanded our offering of online resources to include not only recorded presentations and tours, but also live-streamed information sessions, real-time student-guided virtual tours, special presentations, and online chat. We continue to grow the reach and coverage of our virtual programming, for which students can search and register here
  • Expanded Speakers Bureau: We have updated all of our presentations to discuss pandemic impacts on the college process, including Navigating the College Search, Writing a Great College Essay, Emerging Careers, and more. We’ll be happy to set up a virtual meeting in place of – or in addition to – a virtual high school visit. 

RWU at a Glance

  • campus300x200.jpgRoger Williams University is a private, liberal arts university located in beautiful Bristol, Rhode Island; a convenient distance from Providence, Newport, and Boston. Named after the founder of Rhode Island and 17th century revolutionary, we are a university devoted to making society a better, more socially just place.
  • We are seeking students that not only want to dive into their classroom learning, but also want to enhance our close-knit and dynamic community. Here at RWU, we value and understand the importance of community, acceptance, and diversity so that we can continue to build the university the world needs now. With that in mind, we encourage you to think about students who are involved in their communities, are dedicated to service learning, and are hands on learners, ready to make an impact.
  • Our Bristol campus is home to nine schools offering over 45 majors and 70+ minors, providing students with diverse and unique program offerings. With an average class size of 19, students are able to personalize their college experience, and establish relationships with professors, mentors and their peers.

Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 15
Regular Decision: February 1

Application Requirements

1. Common Applications
2. High School Transcript(s)
3. Essay/Personal Statement
4. One Letter of Recommendation

Test-Optional Policy

Submission of standardized test scores for admission consideration is optional. Students may self-reports their scores, as detailed on our requirements page.

Portfolio & Audition

Students applying to Architecture or Visual Arts are required to submit portfolios for consideration for direct-entry.

Students applying as Dance majors must participate in an on-campus audition. However, if distance from RWU is prohibitive to an on-campus audition, students may contact the Office of Admission to coordinate an alternative option.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Merit scholarships are awarded by automatic review in consideration of academic performance, rigor of curriculum, standardized test scores (if submitted) and other personal characteristics and accomplishments. Merit awards for the 2019-2020 academic year range from $7,500 to $22,500 renewable annually, which equates to 21-61% of tuition cost.

Additional scholarship opportunities by separate application:

  • The Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program and Scholarship (ILAPS) awards students a $35,000 scholarship for four consecutive years of undergraduate study. In addition, students will be involved in a co-curricular program which seeks to further the holistic and leadership growth of recipients throughout their time at RWU.
  • The RISE Scholars program recognizes, supports and empowers a group of academically talented students with financial need as they prepare to enter Research and Industry in Science and Engineering (RISE). This program includes a $10,000 scholarship for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study and involvement in a co-curricular program which seeks to develop the expertise of students in preparation for successful careers in STEM fields. 

Need-based financial aid requires that students submit the FAFSA by February 1 (FAFSA Code: 003410); RWU does not use the CSS profile.

Accepted Student Profile

  • GPA Middle 50%: 3.0-3.7
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1110-1250
  • ACT Middle 50%: 23-29
  • Students of Color: 21%
  • First Generation Students: 28%
  • Out-of-State Students: 88%

Tuition and Costs

For most up-to-date tuition and fees, visit the Office of the Bursar website

    Visit Experience Options

    The Roger Williams statue on the RWU campus.We provide a variety of in-person and virtual visit experiences to explore our waterfront campus. Offerings include information sessions and tours, special presentations, virtual tours (with student-led guides), and open houses. Click here to learn more and to register. To request a in-person or virtual counselor tour, please email us.

    Contact Us

    admissions_staff300x200.jpgOur undergraduate admission counselors would be happy to chat with you about your students, schedule a visit to campus or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact your admission counselor.

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

    You can also get in touch with our current students or an Admission Counselor via our live chat that is monitored throughout the work day.

    Counselor Experience

    mount hope bayEach May, our invitational Counselor Experience welcomes school counselors, independent counselors and CBO advisors to join our campus community for a day and gain perspectives on our academic programs, support services, student life, dining options and application review process. We wrap up the day with a cocktail reception overlooking Mt. Hope Bay where you'll connect directly with many members of the RWU community who will ultimately play important roles in the success of your students who choose Roger. For more information, please email counselors@rwu.edu.