This is Roger Williams University

Find Your Path and Discover Your Passion

Our Location

Bristol, RI is ranked as the safest college town in the country by

Map of RIOur residential, suburban, 143-acre campus, situated on the water, in the town of Bristol, Rhode Island. Our unique position as a coastal university gives us amazing natural resources for teaching, research, studying, and discovery. With leadership in marine science, shellfish aquaculture, maritime law, architecture and historic preservation, sustainability, wind energy, and sailing recreation, our location provides a robust environment for dynamic real-world learning. 

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Powerful Combinations

Tap into your passions and create your unique advantage by adding a minor or double major! 100% of RWU students have the opportunity to graduate with a major and minor. Start imagining what your unique path can be. Combine criminal justice and psychology, or marketing and sports studies, or engineering and mathematics, the possibilities are endless with our over 45+ majors and 70+ minors.

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We May Cost Less Than You Think

Our standard rate tuition for 2023-24 is $42,336 (this does not include housing and fees). However, the average tuition after RWU aid is $20,836. All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships which typically range from $17,000 to $23,000 per year (we guarantee that aid for all four undergraduate years). Select students may qualify for our Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Scholarship (ILA), which is an award that covers 95% of tuition annually. 

Bottom line, don't count us out. 

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Will I Get In?

You are SO much more than just a test score. That's why we do a holistic review of every individual application. We are test-optional, so yes, this means it's OK not to submit scores. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5/4.0 (about a B+/A-), and the middle 50% of admits had GPA’s ranging between 3.2 and 3.9. At RWU, we look at each and every piece of information, accomplishment, and involvement- and always in the context of your personal, school, and local environment.

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Visit Us

We want to get to know you and for you to get to know us! We offer a variety of visit experiences. Join us to see more about our waterfront campus and hear from staff, faculty and RWU students about their experiences. 


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Take a Virtual Tour

Want to visit campus but aren’t able to physically join us? Join us virtually! We're offering virtual campus tours narrated by a current RWU student who can answer questions live! 

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