Welcome New Hawks!

🎉You've just made a big decision and we are so excited to welcome you to campus this fall!

This site is your resource for your next steps and important deadlines listed in sequential order to help you complete each task at just the right time as you prepare for arrival. We will send you monthly email reminders to keep you up to date on what you've yet to complete. 

Just Committed to RWU?

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Check out the full list to-do's by month listed below ⬇️

If you are a student who has committed to RWU after the start of this timeline, we recommend you navigate through each next step for the month(s) passed until you reach the current month. The very first checklist item you should complete is registering for orientation!

Register for orientation




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You'll need your RWU login credentials before you can log in and start working on most of the checklist items. Our Information Technology department has begun setting up your email account and self-service gateway access and you can expect to receive your login credentials within two weeks of submitting your deposit. We will email you these credentials and send a hard copy in the mail.


RWU Google Apps

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Guide to Navigating RWU Logins

We know that you have several new systems to log into as you complete checklist items. We want to make the process as easy as possible, so we've put together a guide with helpful links, login and password information, and tips!  

RWU Login Guide


We encourage you to join the Class of 2028 Instagram page (students) or Parents and families of RWU Admitted Students for fall 2024 Facebook group. Introduce yourself and meet other committed students and families! 

Join the Official Class of 2028, Instagram Page!

Parents and families of RWU admitted students for fall 2024 Facebook group 

TaskLocationDue Date
Sign in to RogerCentral (self-service gateway) and RWU Google Apps (student email) accounts RogerCentral 
RWU Google Apps 
Once you receive your login credentials
Register for Orientation Register for orientationThursday, May 23
Register for Course Registration AppointmentSign up for a Course Registration AppointmentAppointments are available starting the week of April 23rd and run through the June 6th.
Complete your Academic Placement Assessments  View Academic Placement RequirementsOpens in April
Please complete prior to your Course Registration Appointment (see above)
Update your emergency/personal contact informationIn RogerCentral, click User Options > Emergency InformationThursday, May 23

Complete Housing Selection (if you are living on campus) through the Housing Self-Service portal in RogerCentral.

  • Phase 1 - Housing Selection
    • New Student Housing Application & Contract
      • You can also apply for a Living Learning Community, if interested. Please indicate your interest on your housing contract.
  • ​​​​​Phase 2 - Roommate Selection (optional) 
    • Available once you've submitted your Housing Application & Contract.
    • During this phase, you will find and confirm your roommate through the Housing Self-Service Portal. You can bypass this phase if you would like the system to match you based on the answers you provided in your housing application questionnaire 
In RogerCentral, Click Academics > Housing Self-ServiceOpens in May
Due Wednesday, July 3
Get started on your new student health and immunization forms through the Health Services Patient Portal in RogerCentral. We also recommend scheduling an appointment now for a physical with your doctor before their calendars fill up with summer appointments.In RogerCentral, click Academics > Student Planning Menu > Health Services Patient PortalWednesday, July 3

Finalize your aid through the Financial Aid portal in RogerCentral.

  • Accept/Decline Direct Loans and check for any missing financial aid documentation.
  • Visit studentaid.gov to complete your online loan entrance counseling (if you are taking our loans) and Master Promissory Note (MPN) (this is the legal document where you agree to the terms of the loan).
In RogerCentral, click Financial Information > FinancialDue before you attend your June orientation session
If you are a student who will be requesting academic or residential accommodations, register with Student Accessibility ServicesRegister with Student Accessibility ServicesFriday, June 28
Register with RWU Pre-Health if you’re thinking about a career in the health professions (Doctor, Veterinarian, Physician Assistant, etc.) Register hereFriday, June 28
Submit final spring semester grades to update your transfer credit evaluation (transfer students)Submit Final Spring Semester GradesFriday, May 31
Submit any dual enrollment college transcripts for credit evaluation (first-year students)Submit Dual Enrollment TranscriptsFriday, May 31
TaskLocationDue Date
Attend Orientation (if registered for June)Bristol, Rhode IslandJune
Review your fall semester bill and start planning your payment options through the RWU Student Account Center (issued early June) and finalize your financial aid (both in Roger Central). Financial aid counselors are available to assist you with this process.In RogerCentral, click Financial Information > RWU Student Account Center > Login with RWU credentialsBills Issued Early June

Payment due Thursday, August 1
Complete the required health and immunization formsIn RogerCentral, click Academics > Student Planning Menu > Health Services Patient PortalWednesday, July 3
Finalize your Housing Selection Process. If you are living on campus, make sure you have completed of Phase 1 of the Housing Selection Process (Housing Application & Contract) and start on Phase 2 - Roommate Selection. In RogerCentral, Click Academics > Housing Self-ServiceWednesday, July 3
Submit any exam scores (such as AP, IB, etc) to be assessed for college credit.Submit exam scoresWednesday, July 3
Submit your official, final, high school transcript showing your graduation date. Submit final high school transcriptWednesday, July 3
Fill out the Student Veteran's Certification Worksheet if you are planning to use VA benefits.Complete the Student Veteran's Certification worksheetWednesday, July 3
Waive the University-provided health insurance Waive the University-Provided Health InsuranceThursday, August 18
TaskLocationDue Date

Make sure all May and June Checklist items are completed!

Finalize your payment options through the RWU Student Account Center (bills issued early June) and finalize your financial aid (both in Roger Central). Financial aid counselors are available to assist you with this process.In RogerCentral, click Financial Information > RWU Student Account Center > Login with RWU credentialsThursday, August 1
(Optional) Phase 2 of the Housing Selection Process (if you are living on campus). Participate in First Year Housing Selection and select your room for the academic year,In RogerCentral, Click Academics > Housing Self-ServiceAvailable mid-July (optional)
Complete all Hawks Online Orientation Courses You will receive an email in July directly to your RWU email account when the courses are ready for you to complete this month.Before your arrival to campus

⚠️ Reminder - Fall Semester Payment is due Thursday, August 1

☑️ Start packing your bags!

☑️ If you didn’t attend Orientation in June, attend August Orientation (International and other applicable students)

☑️ Commuters, Transfers, and approved Residential Students, register your vehicle ahead of Campus Check-in

☑️ View your housing assignment and roommate information 

☑️ Campus Check-in for all New Students; residential, commuter, and transfer🏘️

☑️ Move into your residence hall (if you are living on campus)

☑️ Attend Fall Orientation after your arrival to campus 🍂

🎒 Academic Supplies ✏️ 

The following is a list of recommended academic supplies for students of all majors. 

  • Backpack/bag to carry books & supplies
  • Computer & accessories       
  • Remember, you can download Microsoft Office for FREE!  Microsoft Office downloading instructions here.  Also, remember that printing is free in the Main University Library, 1st floor.
  • Phone charger
  • Calendar/day planner (print or electronic or both- your preference)
  • White board for your room or desk calendar for outlining assignment due dates
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • 2 inch Binder with filler paper
  • Writing Utensils (pens, pencils, pencil sharpener)
  • White out
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paper clips
  • Index Cards
  • Sticky Notes (various sizes)
  • Calculator (if taking quantitative courses). Students may need scientific or specialized depending on major. Students in SECCM should have a scientific calculator, TI-82 or better. 
  • For Architecture Students: Architecture Kit (more info to come)

📚 Books & other materials required by class
The faculty teaching your classes will let you know what is required/recommended on your syllabus.  Architecture students have been notified of the materials they will need through a list provided at orientation. 

It is a personal preference on whether you would like to order your books and other materials before classes start or wait to see what the faculty member suggest when classes start. See below for a few ways you will be able to find your required course materials.

RWU Bookstore

  1. Go to the following web page, www.rwu.bncollege.com
    🗺️ Use this document as a handy guide to navigating the step below.
  2. Click on the Course Materials & Textbooks drop down tab
  3. Click on Find Course Materials
  4. You can select either Sign In or Search Now.
    ☑️ If you select Sign In, login with the RWU credentials (example: Jsmith1234@g.rwu.edu, password is the same as your Roger Central). After signing in, you will be able to view a list specialized for your registered fall classes.
    ☑️ If you select Search Now, you will complete the information requested and select Retrieve Material .  Example Term: Fall 2022 > Department: CORE (or whatever subject you are searching for) > Course #: 105 > Section: 03

You can also find information about your books in RWU Bridges:

  1. Visit rwu.edu.  At the very bottom of the page, click on “Bridges.”
  2. Log in to your Bridges account.
  3. You will see your courses in the top blue band. If an instructor has not published their course yet, you will not see the course. Some instructors might not publish their courses until shortly before classes start.
  4. If you can see the course, click on the name of the course
  5. On the left side of the course page, you will see a list of tabs. Click on the “Books and Supplies” tab and/or the “Syllabus” tab. Because instructors are able to customize the list of tabs, some instructors might remove some tabs.
  6. If the instructor has posted a book and materials list and/or a syllabus, you will find that list in either place (on the “Books and Supplies” page or within the Syllabus document).
OfficeContact InfoTopics
Admission Office401-254-3500
Contact your counselor
Athletics Department401-254-3050
Sports, coach contact information, and schedules
Bursar Office401-254-3520
Billing and payments
Commuter Student Resources401-254-3042
Commuter Life, Resources, Transportation & Parking Info
Financial Aid Office401-254-3100
Aid and loan questions
Hawks Online Training Courses (Vector Solutions)

General Questions:
Jen Stanley (jstanley@rwu.edu)
Hannah Ilagan (hilagan@rwu.edu)

Technical issues:

General questions about the courses or technical issues
Health Services401-254-3156
Health insurance and immunization forms
Information Technology401-254-6363
Technology questions and support
Intercultural Center401-254-3121
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Student Programs, Leadership & Orientation401-254-3385
Orientation programs, Student Engagement with clubs, Organizations, Student Events, and Homecoming and Family Weekend
Registrar's Office401-254-3510
Transcripts, AP, IB, and dual enrollment courses
Residence Life & Housing



Housing assignments and Living Learning Communities


Center for Student Academic Success

Contact InfoTopics
Academic Placement AssessmentsAngela Raymond
Academic placement tests
Advising and Peer MentorshipElizabeth Niemeyer
Class Schedules and general advising
International Scholar and Student ServicesRyan Monahan
Immigration, transition, and advising support to students who identify as international students
Student Accessibility ServicesJody Goldstein
General support for students with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments, and medical conditions
Tutoring CenterKaren Bilotti
Tutoring support for academic coursework, tutor recruitment



We have a collection of How-To Guides and Video's to help you navigate through completing your checklist items!


Guide to navigating the financial aid portal

Guide to completing financial aid entrance counseling and MPN


How to navigate your Roger Central portal.


Watch this video for assistance in uploading your RWU Health Forms.


Accessing your bill, authorizing users, and setting up a payment plan in the RWU Student Account Center. 

How to navigate the RWU Financial Aid portal


How to navigate the RWU Housing Portal, select a room, and more.

Below you will find a link to our Laptop requirements for our New Students, based on the program they are enrolling in.

RWU Computer Hardware Standards/Recommendations


Additional Laptop Requirements by Major (if applicable):

Communication, Graphic Design and Web Development 

Construction Management


We are so excited for you to join our RWU community in August. Our hometown of Bristol, RI is filled with small businesses that can't wait to welcome you! We wanted to share some of these local resources with you so that you are fully prepared to move to Bristol, RI this fall.

Local restaurants to try:

Where to get your caffeine fix:

Get your workout in:

​Grooming needs:

Stay Connected With Us!

As you progress through these next steps, stay connected and feel free to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admission (admit@rwu.edu or 401-254-3500) anytime! Engage on social through the 2028 Instagram Page and Parents and families of RWU admitted students for the fall 2024 Facebook page😀