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So why RWU?

In a word—attention. Small class sizes, personal interaction with professors and opportunities for student/faculty research at the undergraduate level are the hallmarks of a Roger Williams University education. Our students are recognized as unique individuals with great things to contribute, and they don’t get lost in a crowd.

Roger Williams University has a strong and long-standing undergraduate focus. YOU are why we are here. While research, grant projects and even leading roles in theatre productions are often reserved for graduate students at other, larger schools, RWU offers these opportunities to our undergrads. In the past year our students:

  • Traveled to El Salvador to conduct prenatal screenings and test water sources for Dengue Fever
  • Worked as legal advocates in Newport, R.I., for victims of domestic abuse
  • Argued in the opening rounds of the Mock Trial National Championship
  • Taught English to children in Puerto Rico
  • Presented research at conferences around the nation

Liberal arts and education for the professions?

Yes. Whether you’re interested in studying English or Engineering, we have the program for you at RWU. Consider us a "best of" —you get real-life, technical experience paired with a broad, humanities-based education. Our transdisciplinary approach  to education provides you with what employers tell us they NEED in today's college graduates. Whether in your major courses or your general education studies, you’ll learn critical communication, inquiry and reasoning skills and be given the opportunity to apply them in a global context. Want to look at RWU another way? Check us out by the numbers:

  • 43: how many majors you can choose from at RWU, everything from Architecture to Theatre
  • 19: the average class size
  • 14:1: our student-to-faculty ratio
  • 100: percentage of classes taught by professors; RWU has no TAs or TFs so whether you’re taking an intro or advanced level class, you’ll have a professor teaching it

Whether it's hands-on faculty research, presenting to national conferences or traveling to international financial markets to understand how they work, at RWU, we want you to learn by doing. Take advantage of all that’s at your front door and beyond, offered through the Spiegel Center for Global and International Studies:

  • 56 study abroad programs on every continent but Antarctica
  • Programs last for a week, a semester or even a full year
  • Good student? Maintain a 3.0 and we’ll get you a passport for free

Of course, there’s plenty to learn about in the area as well. Our students work on campus and in the local community on major projects.

  • Historic Preservation students are working to restore local landmarks, in Bristol and beyond
  • 1 million+ baby oysters are released into local waters by marine biology students each year—each adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day!
  • Education students are in Providence getting first-hand experience with different learning styles, language barriers and urban schools.

How does all of this come from a school our size? Collaboration.

Collaborations across disciplines, departments and class years are occurring all over campus. They are bringing our students and faculty closer together, forging bonds of friendship and ultimately, making an RWU education a truly interrelated and transdisciplinary experience.

  • Sustainability studies is a brand new minor that takes a holistic view of conserving our resources
  • Engineering and marine biology students have partnered to create a solar powered oyster nursery (upweller) and have used sustainable energy to transform a cranberry bog into a fish hatchery
  • Through a partnership with the Rhode Island International Film Festival, RWU is the new home of the Roving Eye Film Festival