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Choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions that you and your family will make. In the end, it comes down to fit and value. You are probably learning enough about RWU to know that you'd fit in here, so what about the value of your dollar at our institution?

Affordable Excellence Initiative:

  • Tuition for 2015-2016 frozen at the 2012-2013 rates for all full-time enrolled undergraduates; including the incoming class of 2016
  • Tuition guaranteed at the same price for all four years for class of 2016, and one to three years for current students, depending on current class level
  • Increasing the opportunities for hands-on, project-based learning
  • Offering students the best of what a liberal arts education has to offer, blended with highly regarded professional programs

Personalized Attention:

  • Student to faculty ratio of 14:1
  • Average class size of 19 students
  • Student/faculty research projects available as early as freshman year
  • 100% of classes are taught by professors; no teaching assistants or fellows —ever
  • All freshmen are paired with a peer mentor, known as a student advocate to help navigate through their first year successfully
  • The University Advising Center guides undeclared students through the process of selecting the right major through personal advising sessions as well as personality and career test matches

Student Opportunities:

  • Project-based learning opportunities
  • Personal lab space in the sciences
  • Personal studio space in architecture
  • 45+ study abroad opportunities on every continent but Antarctica
  • The one and only law school in Rhode Island
  • 43 majors
  • 44 minors; many of which are transdisciplinary
  • 80+ clubs and organizations
  • The sole shellfish hatchery in the state
  • 20 varsity athletic teams
  • Service learning courses
  • Over 65,000 hours of community service last year alone


  • Three Fulbright Scholars in six years
  • Internships at companies like: New England Sports Network, The White House, Women and Infants Hospital, Environmental Protection Agency, R.I. Attorney General, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Adobe Systems, The Bermuda Shark Project
  • Graduate placements at schools like: Harvard, Brown, MIT, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Melon and the Architectural Association in London
  • Employment at corporations such as: Deloitte Touche, United Technologies Corporation, Perkins + Will, Rem Koolhass Architecture in London, SecureWorks, Google, New York Shakespeare Theatre, Disney World and Raytheon
  • Architecture graduates achieved a cumulative 75% pass rate compared to 62% pass rate nationally on the ARE, and tied for 3rd place overall in New England with MIT, behind Yale and Harvard University graduates
  • 87% of our Engineering and Construction Management students from 2012 are either employed in the field or are in graduate programs
  • 100% of our Engineering students sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam as part of their graduation requirements

So what's the bottom line? RWU is recognized 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. We are a close-knit community with huge opportunities and an increasingly global impact. Our graduates leave campus with the knowledge and  both the hard and soft skills that employers are looking for.