Welcome School Counselors

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

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 are people that want to enhance our already 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 or interested in service learning, and who are hands on learners ready to make an impact.
  • Our Bristol campus is home to 9 schools offering over 45 majors and 70+ minors, providing students with diverse and unique program offerings.  With an average class size of 19-25, students are able to personalize their college experience, establish relationships with professors, mentors, and their peers.

Application Information and Facts

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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, Creative Writing  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%: 1110-1260
  • ACT Middle 50%: 23-28
  • Students of Color: 18%
  • First Generation Students: 25%
  • Out-of-State Students: 90%

Tuition and Costs

    Visit Us/Virtual Tour

    The Roger Williams statue on the RWU campus.We would love for you and your students to see what RWU is all about. Register your group today to learn what it's like to be a Hawk! We also offer School Counselor Visits.

    If you can't make it to campus or want to have a peek before you get here, try our virtual tour.

    Contact Us

    admissions_staff300x200.jpgOur undergraduate admission counselors would be happy to chat with you about your students, a visit to campus, and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact the counselor covering your school’s territory.

    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 or to inquire about invitation, please contact Joe Varao, Associate Director of Admission, at jvarao@rwu.edu. Dates and more detailed information will be posted when available.