Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Roger Williams University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Roger Williams University was awarded 111 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is legal assistant/paralegal.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked RWU as #352 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

RWU is also ranked #5 out of 10 schools in Rhode Island.

See all of the rankings for Roger Williams University.

Is It Hard to Get Into RWU?

Acceptance Rate

Roger Williams University has an acceptance rate of 82%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Learn more about Roger Williams University admissions.

Roger Williams University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Roger Williams University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Roger Williams University is 41%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  41 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Roger Williams University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Roger Williams University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At RWU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 56%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Roger Williams University.

Roger Williams University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,523 undergraduates at RWU with 4,022 being full-time and 501 being part-time.

How Much Does Roger Williams University Cost?

The overall average net price of RWU is $36,456. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for RWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,136 $28,784 $33,243 $35,483 $40,461

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of RWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RWU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $12,567 a year. That adds up to $50,268 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RWU is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do RWU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from RWU make about $50,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for RWU students since it is 27% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Roger Williams University make the most money.

Location of Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bristol, Rhode Island. The suburban atmosphere of Bristol makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for RWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Phone: 401-253-1040

Roger Williams University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 66 majors graduated from Roger Williams University. Of these students, 1,035 received undergraduate degrees and 137 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 108 $36,900
General Architecture 95 $43,500
Marketing 77 $43,100
General Psychology 72 $32,600
Business Administration & Management 60 $44,300
Finance & Financial Management 53 $47,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 51 $27,100
Construction Management 41 $65,100
General Biology 39 $26,300
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 33 $23,800

Learn more about the majors offered at Roger Williams University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at RWU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 578 students took at least one online class at Roger Williams University. This is an increase from the 567 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 578 296
2017-2018 567 312
2016-2017 588 367
2015-2016 648 370
2013-2014 543 345

Learn more about online learning at Roger Williams University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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