Now that you’ve been accepted, you’re on your way.
Take your next steps…

The Housing Office recognizes that Living Learning Communities are an integral part of the total educational package at RWU.  Living in University Housing is a unique opportunity, and is so much more than just a place to sleep.  There are opportunities to expand your personal horizons through involvement in numerous academic, social, educational, leadership, cultural and recreational programs.

Plus, living in the residence halls adds to your educational success and your overall experience at the University, particularly in our Living Learning Communities.

For your convenience, the The Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire is available online, after the first week in April. You can access the form through “myRWU”.

Once you have submitted both an admission and housing deposit, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to access myRWU to complete your Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire.  If you deposit before March, you can expect to receive your letter by the second week of March.  If you deposit after March you should receive your letter two-three weeks after your deposit is received.

Once you have access to myRWU and have successfully logged on, select the “Services” tab located at the top right of the page.  You will then notice the “Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire” link at the bottom left of the page under the Residence Life heading.  Please follow the instructions on the website to ensure proper completion and submission of the Roommate Matching Characteristics Questionnaire.  Questions can be directed to the following email address,

You are probably approaching this time with both excitement and apprehension. There is justification for both feelings. The Housing Office believes that your living experience should be an enjoyable one and we look forward to assisting you to make it that way. We will be working hard over the summer to meet your preferences.

Assignment letters will be emailed to your RWU email account during the first week in August. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Life at (401) 254-3161, or e-mail us at

We look forward to greeting you in the fall.


Tony Montefusco
Director of Housing

"You have the most incredible and truly unpredictable journey ahead of you."

Sarah Quinn ’17

Future members of the Class of 2021 got to hear RWU senior Sarah Quinn share her advice and her own amazing story at our final Accepted Students Day earlier this month.


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The RWU Experience

The college experience is so much more than what you learn in the classroom. It’s about making new friends, branching out, trying new things and pushing your limits. Whether you join Campus Entertainment Network (CEN), the scuba club or decide to play an intramural—everything you do in college will lead to new experiences. You’re already on your way!

Join the Class of 2021 Group

Meet some of your new classmates, talk to current students and find out about everything RWU has to offer!

Register for Orientation

Learn your way around campus, get to know your new classmates, meet your academic advisor and register for your first RWU courses.

Get Involved

At RWU, there are literally hundreds of ways for you to be part of life on campus!

Eat. Sleep. Play.

Find out more about on-campus living arrangements, RWU’s 24 athletic teams and our top-ranked dining options.

Get On The Right Path

Academic advising, mentorship and comprehensive referrals are a major part of the program offerings within the Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS).

See the World

Choose from more than 30 global destinations on six continents — go for a semester, academic year, summer session or mini-mester.

More About RWU

Learn more about the six schools that house RWU’s 45+ academic programs and find out what’s in store for you in the classroom over the next four years!
There’s no rush! RWU offers you more than 45 diverse academic programs across the liberal arts and professions, and our Center for Student Academic Success provides a full complement of advising services to help you find the one that’s right for you. You can even work with your advisor to create your own major!
Hands-on, real-world education is at the core of an RWU education, and you’ll have several opportunities to apply what you’re learning in the classroom long before you graduate. Get involved with our Community Partnerships Center, where you’ll tackle authentic challenges for local non-profits, collaborate with one of your professors on a research project or land an exciting internship through our Center for Career and Professional Development.
Accepted Students Days are the best opportunity to visit campus and get a sneak peak of your life as an RWU student.

You can also take a guided tour of the Roger Williams campus Monday through Friday at 9:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm. Saturday tours are offered at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. Please call to inquire about holiday tour availability.

Sign Up for a Campus Visit

The tour, which is led by a current Roger Williams student, will give you the opportunity to visit all of the main buildings on campus, including the Commons, Campus Recreation Center and academic buildings.

Before your tour, you’ll attend a group information session for you and your parents, where we’ll answer any additional questions you may have about the University and the admissions process.

Register for your tour online or contact the Office of Admission at 1-800-458-7144, extension 3500.

Deposit Deadlines

Early Action & Regular Decision deposit deadline
The non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 is due by May 1st (online or postmark date). We cannot guarantee enrollment to students whose deposits are received after May 1st.

Housing Deposits
All admitted applicants seeking University Housing must submit the housing deposit of $350 by May 1st. University residence cannot be guaranteed to students whose housing deposits are received after May 1st.

Please note that Roger Williams University requires all first- and second-year students to reside in University housing. Students commuting from home and transfer students with 57 or more credits are excluded from this requirement. Housing is for an entire academic year and may only be cancelled as outlined in the housing contract. If you have any questions or concerns or for more information, please feel free to contact the Department of Student Life & Housing at (401) 254-3161 or visit the Residence Life website.


New students meet with advisors and register at summer Orientation. RWU has mandatory advising for all undergraduate students before each registration period. Students utilize their faculty advisors for assistance in planning and selecting their classes. Students will register during the semester prior to the one which they intend to attend (e.g., registering in the middle of fall semester when planning to attend spring semester).


We understand that housing placement is very important to you. In order to provide you with the best possible housing placement, we need to obtain valuable information. The Department of Housing makes every attempt to place you in the best housing assignment available. Room assignment information will not be available until the first week in August for the fall semester.

For your convenience, the Roommate Matching Questionnaire will be available on-line though the “myRWU” web site located at: after March 1st.

Once you have submitted both a tuition and housing deposit, you will receive a letter with your login and password for your myRWU account. After successfully logging on, select the “Services” tab located at the top right of the page. You will then notice the “Roommate Preference” link at the bottom left of the page under the Residence Life heading. Please follow the instructions on the website to ensure proper completion and submission of the Roommate Matching Questionnaire. Questions can be directed to the following email address;

Roommate Matching Questionnaire must be received by May 14, for the Fall semester.

Please note that Roger Williams University requires all first- and second-year students to reside in University housing. Students commuting from home and transfer students with 57 or more credits are excluded from this requirement. Housing is for an entire academic year and may only be cancelled as outlined in the housing contract. If you have any questions or concerns or for more information, please feel free to contact the Department of Student Life & Housing at (401) 254-3161 or visit the Residence Life website.

Igniting the New Student Connection

The Bookstore is here to help you through this new journey. Sign up to get bookstore emails with advice from upperclassmen, exclusive discounts, helpful textbook tips and special surprises.

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Now working as a Field Representative at Thermo Fisher Scientific

At Roger Williams you’ll be provided with the support you need to facilitate growth and success in all areas of your University life—especially your academic one. Need help formulating ideas for that research paper? Make an appointment at the Writing Center. Want to find an exciting internship or get advice on your resume? Visit the Center for Career and Professional Development. Having trouble with that calculus proof? Stop by the Math Center.

These are just a few of the tools and services offered — find out more!

Students may receive advanced standing by several means. This includes but is not limited to credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Enrollment courses. Roger Williams University participates in the Advanced Placement Program administrated by the College Board. Students who demonstrate competence on advanced tests may be given appropriate credit and standing in the areas in which they qualify. Credit is also granted for the equivalent course(s) at the University, but no grade is assigned and the credit is not included in calculating the grade-point average.

Generally, an exam score of 3 or higher is necessary to receive credit. However, in some cases a minimum score of 4 is required to obtain credit for specific college courses. The minimum scores are located in a chart in the most current University Catalog. If you did not request that your scores be sent to RWU, you should contact the College Board immediately and have them sent directly to the Office of Admission.

Resident freshmen students are not authorized to have a vehicle on campus. Please review the University’s Rules & Regulations for its vehicle policy.
Roger Williams University Public Safety is organized under the General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs. The Department is responsible for providing security and safety for the entire University community. Public Safety Officers provide a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service consisting of access control, vehicular patrol, bike patrol and foot patrol. Officers do not carry firearms nor do they have police powers of arrest.
Want options? Good. That’s what Rogers Williams is all about—from our clubs and activities to varsity and intramural athletics to residence life in the residence halls, a myriad of possibilities await. Whether its hosting your own radio show at WQRI, joining the Multicultural Student Union or tossing a Frisbee with the Ultimate Frisbee Club, you’re likely to find kindred souls on campus for nearly any interest.

Full of friendly, spirited young minds, Roger Williams goes out of its way to help students connect to worlds beyond the classroom in exciting and challenging ways. On any given night you can attend a production at the Performing Arts Center, listen to renowned speakers, debate current issues with peers and professors, and much more. So if you’re still wondering what there is to do outside the classroom, wonder no more.

As a resident student you have more important things to concern yourself with than worrying if you have enough meals for the entire week. Roger Williams University has crafted two great meal plan options to provide easy access to great food and communal dining.

The meal plan options are available to any student, but required for those residents who live in our traditional style living areas.

Dining Plan Options

Roger Williams University sponsors 24 varsity sports, most of which compete at the NCAA Division III level and are members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The Roger Williams Athletic Department is dedicated to the Division III philosophy of the student-athlete, and the intrinsic value of athletics in education.

Competition in athletics helps students discover what kind of person they would like to become. It also develops leadership, integrity, courage, and the ability to work with others to achieve a common goal. Being part of a collegiate varsity team is an experience that not all will have, but those who do will remember forever.

To find out more about the Hawks Varsity Athletics & Sports, please visit the Hawks Athletics Sports Information Website.

Roger Williams University welcomes students from around the world; 134 students from 47 different countries are currently enrolled at the Bristol campus.

Roger Williams University recognizes the importance of global cooperation in a world that has increasingly become culturally, environmentally, and economically interdependent. RWU is committed to developing strong global leaders by providing students with international and intercultural experiences.

The University aspires to advance students’ knowledge of world politics, economies, and events; and to instill in them an appreciation of other cultures and customs throughout the world. RWU acknowledges that the community is enhanced by the presence of international students, broadening the education of its U.S. students by exposure to people from other countries and cultures.

Pack Your Bag

Ready to move into your room? Excellent — don’t forget to check out our suggestions for things you’ll want to bring for the residence hall, your classes and your new life on campus! It’s also a good idea to connect with your future roommate(s) about larger items you might be bringing — like TVs and refrigerators — so you don’t end up with duplicates. Don’t forget to download your copy of the College Survival List!
  • Bedspread/Comforter
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Twin X-long sheets (36”x80”) *Baypoint beds are double/full size
  • Pillow Case
  • Hangers
  • Laundry Basket/Bag
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk Lamp
  • Fan
  • Small Trash Can
  • Towels/wash cloths
  • Robe
  • Plastic caddy (to carry items to bathroom)
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap and soap container
  • Hair brush, comb
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Other personal hygiene products you use
  • Shower Shoes/Flip flops
  • Backpack or bag to carry books
  • Computer & accessories
  • Calendar/day planner
  • Notebooks/paper
  • Writing Utensils
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Scotch Tape
  • Calculator
  • Surge protector/power strip
  • Personal Medication
  • Movies/DVDs
  • Roll of quarters
  • Cold Medicine
  • Gaming System
  • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheets
  • Rain/Snow Apparel
  • Flashlight/Batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Mugs/glasses
  • Sports/Recreation Equipment
  • Toaster Ovens
  • Toasters
  • Hot Plates
  • Indoor grills
  • Street signs
  • Incense
  • Candles
  • Firecrackers
  • Weapons
  • Metal tip darts
  • Cinder Blocks
  • Lofts
  • Waterbeds
  • Pets/Animals
  • Vinyl Banners
  • Tapestries/Flags
  • Space Heaters
  • Air Conditioners
  • Halogen Lamps/Lights
  • Nail, Thumbtacks, duct tape/packaging tape
  • Extension cords (only UL approved power-strips are permitted)
A Suggestion on Clothes Keep in mind that you may not need to bring every season of clothing with you on Check-in day. Bring clothing that is suitable for the warm weather of September and for the cooling off climate of October. During a trip home when the seasons are changing, bring home what you do not need anymore and bring back clothing for the winter months.

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Info For Families

Consider this your guide for everything you need to know as you help your student prepare for life at RWU! Get in touch with other RWU families, check the academic calendar, get information about visiting your student on campus and more.


By The Numbers

As part of RWU’s Affordable Excellence Initiative, your tuition is locked in for all four years you’ll be on campus. What does this guarantee mean for you? It gives you and your family the opportunity to plan for your entire education up front. If you consider the national average tuition increase of 3-5% each year, you’ll save thousands at RWU.

Students Receiving Financial Aid and/or Merit Scholarships

5-year increase in RWU's financial aid budget
Tuition for each of your 4 years*
Saved over 4 years**
*Architecture tuition $35,112
**potential savings over four years

Additional Resources

Any other questions? Here are some additional helpful links for you and your family—including a campus map and the RWU magazine—as you begin your collegiate journey. As always, feel free to reach out to us, by email or by phone, 1.800.458.7144 ext. 3500.

Real World Learning

At RWU, students of every major have the opportunity to put their classroom learning to work in our local communities and beyond. Below, two students share their stories about the impact of their projects.

American Red Cross Traveling Exhibition


It’s been an amazing experience to work with the American Red Cross and to lead a project where we are able to work directly with a client to help them accomplish their goals and have a direct impact on what they are working to achieve. The entire semester – from working collectively with other students as a team to incorporating the client’s feedback into the design – has provided me a greater understanding of how I can apply my knowledge and skills in the field and I’m confident this work will continue to open additional opportunities for me moving forward.

–Augustina Dickinson ’17

Connecting People to Adequate Water Supply


This community-based project was the best way possible for me to invest my time senior year. To be able to pour hours into a single project that would result in water distributed to public facilities is something that we could passionately apply ourselves to. The final results – and the reactions of the community members – are the most memorable and meaningful moments that made this project worth doing. We learned the most from the community and the way they help each other and strangers. It is a community living experience that is rare to find even in my own neighborhood.

–Sarah Link ’16

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