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In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.
With more than 45 programs of undergraduate study, more than a dozen graduate programs, a 15:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of just 20 students, academics is the heart of the Roger Williams University experience. The University offers a liberal arts education paired with education for the professions. Our students become community- and globally- minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning.
Our faculty maintain active research programs and are committed to providing opportunities for students to become involved in undergraduate research in Biology and Marine Biology. As an undergraduate institution without graduate programs in the sciences, all of our science facilities and equipment are available for use for student research.
The Center for Career & Professional Development prepares our students and alumni for life after college by helping individuals understand their personal and professional values and interests and acquire the skills necessary to obtain professional employment or admission into graduate school.
The Student Conduct & Community Standards program serves to support the development of our students' personal, social and academic abilities. Students join with faculty and administration in creating this learning environment. Education and human development are our primary values and intended outcomes.
The Office of Student Finance and Records provides both Registrar and Bursar services.This office maintains the official accademic records for current and former students.
Rhode Island is a popular tourist destination, especially in the spring and summer months. Please make arrangements well in advance of your stay and be sure to compare rates carefully.
The Roger Williams University Library is the institution’s academic and intellectual center, proactively contributing to teaching, learning, and research in order to prepare the learner, support the scholar, and foster discovery and lifelong learning for all students, faculty, and staff.
Health care and health insurance is often a concern of parents as their sons and daughters depart for college. We at Roger Williams University are actively involved in the health and well-being of our students. Use of the Student Health Services is covered by undergraduate student fees. All full time undergraduate day students have access to Student Health Services.
Roger Williams University was originally founded in Providence in 1956. With a growing student population, the hunt was on for a new, larger location, and in 1967, groundbreaking began at the University's current location. Formerly Ferrycliffe Farm, a dairy farm owned at the time by Mary Howe DeWolf and Marshall Fulton, the location was -- and remains -- convenient to Boston, Providence and Newport.
Recreational Services provides opportunities for our students, staff and faculty to engage in a wide variety of healthy activities or informal recreation. We strive to provide an outlet to the daily rigors of collegiate life and allow the campus community to reenergize themselves. Our programs are designed to complement the academic experience through development of the whole person: social interaction, team building, leadership, respect, physical and mental wellbeing.
Accreditation is a process used in higher education to evaluate colleges, universities and educational programs for quality and to assess their efforts toward continuous quality improvement. There are six regional accrediting organizations in the U.S. that review degree-granting nonprofit and for-profit institutions within their regions. Roger Williams University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.