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Roger Williams University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Roger Williams University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Roger Williams University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Roger Williams University was awarded 26 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

RWU is ranked #328 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 9 colleges in Rhode Island, RWU is ranked at #5.

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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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Roger Williams University is 42%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  42 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Roger Williams University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Roger Williams University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. 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  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at RWU for first-time, full-time students is 56%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at RWU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,703 undergraduates at RWU with 4,042 being full-time and 661 being part-time.

RWU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for RWU is 75.16 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  75.16 out of 100
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How Much Does Roger Williams University Cost?

The overall average net price of RWU is $35,100. 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 +
$29,652 $31,495 $33,510 $35,010 $36,746

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At RWU, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $12,106 a year. That adds up to $48,424 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RWU is 3.1%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from RWU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $50,500 in their early years. This is good news for future RWU graduates since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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

Location of Roger Williams University

Located in Bristol, Rhode Island, Roger Williams University is a private not-for-profit institution. Bristol is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Roger Williams University

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 57 majors graduated from Roger Williams University. Of these students, 1,062 received undergraduate degrees and 127 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 122 $36,900
Marketing 73 $43,100
General Psychology 70 $32,600
Business Administration & Management 66 $44,300
General Architecture 62 $43,500
Communication & Media Studies 56 $42,300
Finance & Financial Management 53 $47,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 45 $27,100
General Biology 34 $26,300
Accounting 33 $58,100

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 567 students took at least one online class at Roger Williams University. This is a decrease from the 588 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 567 312
2016-2017 588 367
2015-2016 648 370
2014-2015 602 358
2013-2014 543 345

Learn more about online learning at Roger Williams University.

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