Who We Are

Working to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning.

At Roger Williams University, we don’t just stand by our principles. We live by them. As a private university with a public purpose, we channel our collective effort into a singular goal – to strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning.

We pioneer partnerships that help address problems that matter most to our local communities and equip our students with vital workforce skills. We chart a visionary course that prepares our graduates to not only lead great careers, but also live great lives. We employ a revolutionary philosophy to making a great education accessible for everyone by investing in our faculty, facilities and technology, while holding the line on cost. At RWU, we are building the university the world needs now.

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Helping Communities Near & Far

RWU is dedicated to engaged, hands-on learning and teaching that helps strengthen society. Every student is provided the opportunity to participate in a real-world learning experience that helps a community partner locally or globally. School of Law students offer pro bono legal services, with many completing more than 100 hours of service before graduation. Every RWU student makes an impact on our society – from working in the Rhode Island community to participating in a study-abroad program overseas.

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Affordable Excellence

Since 2012, RWU has provided each incoming undergraduate class with a tuition guarantee for the duration of their four-year full-time studies. And in 2014, we expanded the tuition guarantee, while also lowering the tuition rate, to the RWU School of Law. By knowing exactly what your tuition will be, our Affordable Excellence initiative helps to provide families with added peace of mind in their financial planning.

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Who Was Roger Williams?

We draw inspiration from our namesake – the 17th century visionary and founder of Rhode Island who advocated for religious liberty, equality and a government free of religion. It is these principles that shape our vision.

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A History of Growth

The university’s roots date back to 1956, when we started as a junior college inside the Broad Street Providence YMCA. Jump to 2017, we now have more than 75 program offerings on two campuses in coastal Bristol and the capital city of Providence.

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Our Vision

RWU's roadmap for the future of the University, developed with input from an array of voices from the campus and the community.

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Careers at RWU

View open employment opportunities and learn more about joining our devoted community of students, faculty and staff.

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Administrative Offices

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