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Applying & Eligibility

Membership and Eligibility: First Year Applicants
First year applicants must complete a separate Honors Program application in addition to the university application. In addition, they must commit to joining the RWU Honors Living-Learning Community (LLC) for the first year. Applicants should also demonstrate significant preparation for: academics, community engagement, and leadership.

Evidence of academic prepation may include:

  • ACT/SAT test scores (strongly recommended)
  • Significant high school honors and/or AP coursework where available
  • Significant preparation in writing
  • Engagement in academic travel and/or language immersion programs

Evidence of a commitment to community engagement may include:

  • Participation in service learning opportunities
  • Mission and/or service trips with local or national organizations
  • Tutoring, volunteering, coaching, or other civic engagement activities

Evidence of a commtiment to leadership may include:

  • Leadership roles in student government, clubs, and/or organizations
  • Leadership on school or community engagement projects
  • Athletic leadership positions

The selection committee will weigh all materials submitted in addition to considering potential fit with the program mission and goals, commitment to the honors living learning community, and dedication to engaging the campus, the community, and the world. It may be worthwhile to watch David McCullough Jr.'s commencement speech from 2012 as you consider your application and your academic goals.

Membership and Eligibility: Current RWU Students

Currently enrolled Roger Williams University students performing with academic distinction (minimim 3.5 cumulative gpa) within their first three semesters are encouraged to apply. Acceptance is contingent upon the sutdent's ability to complete all program requirements (15 hours of honors CORE credits) through their remaining course of study. Transfer students of academic distinction may also be considered for Honors Program membership.

For further information, please contact the Honors Program Director, Becky Spritz (honors@rwu.edu, 401-254-3663).