Incoming Students

Welcome to RWU! We are excited to have you join our community.

Please review all of the information in this "Incoming Student" section. If you have any questions after reviewing the information, please call us at (401) 254-3161, or e-mail us at

Housing Application & Selection Process

Please review the information below to learn for an overview of how to complete the housing application process for 2022-2023.

Step 1
Access "Housing Self-Service" through Roger Central starting May 16th: As an incoming student, you should have received a username and password for our internal web portal, Roger Central, after you submitted your tuition deposit. For more information about your login information, refer to RWU's Login Cheat Sheet.
Step 2
Complete Phase 1 of the Housing Application Process by July 8th: During this phase of the process, you will A) review the Housing Contract and electronically sign acknowledging you accept the terms and B) complete your housing questionnaire which will help us match you with your first college roommate. Review the New Student Application guide first and then reach out to us with questions.

Students needing housing accommodations must review the Request for Accessible Housing Accommodations web page and follow the outlined instructions. Incoming student accommodation requests are due by June 30th.
Step 3
Complete Required Health Forms & Immunizations by July 1st: Complete all required health forms located on the Health Services Patient Portal and submit them electronically. You must also upload a current immunizations record. Forms must be received by July 1, 2022. Information regarding requirements and a link to the patient portal can be found at Health Services.
Step 4
Apply for a Living Learning Community (optional): Black and Latinx, Honors, Queer/Trans, or Substance Free. Learn more about these communities and to apply for them using via our Living Learning Communities web-page. Honors students do not need to apply for the Honors LLC, they will be added by the Honors LLC Program Director. Priority deadline for all LLCs is Friday, July 8th. 
Step 5
Complete Phase 2 of the Housing Application Process starting June 13th: During this phase, you will find or confirm your roommate through the "Housing Self-Service Portal". All roommate requests will need to be mutual, meaning, each student must request each other. 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. Review the First Year Roommate Matching Guide for step-by-step instructions for completing this phase. Students will need to select/confirm their roommate by July 10th.
Step 6Participate in First Year Housing Selection: There are two different types of selection options for students- 'First Year Single Room Selection' and 'First Year Housing Selection'. See our First Year Housing Selection section for more information regarding these exciting new options we are providing to first year students for the first time in Roger's history! We strongly encourage all first year students to pick their own room, but there will be the option for traditional placement as well.


Step 7

Receive Your Housing Assignment on August 5th:  All students who did not select their own room will receive their placement by August 5th. Move-In information will also be provided at that time to the entire campus community.

Review and/or Update Your Meal Plan: Once you receive your housing assignment, you can also use the Roger Central portal to make changes to your meal plan up to the second week after classes begin. If you’re worried about this – don’t be! We automatically enroll you in the 230 Block Plan dining plan, however, students living in traditional halls may also choose the 225 Block dining plan or 200 Block dining plan. For other options, feel free to visit the Dining Experience webpage.

What to Bring

Check out our suggestions for things you’ll want to bring for the residence hall, your classes and your new life on campus!

Pack your Bag

First-Year Residential Communities

In your first year living at RWU, you'll be in South Campus with all of your fellow first-year students, making it easy to get to know your classmates as you transition to life at RWU.

First-Year Residential Communities

Living Learning Communities 

Our Living Learning Communities are designed to help you get the most out of your freshman year by strengthening the connection between the classroom and/or affinity group and the residential community, and helping you transition from high school to college.

Our Living Learning Communities