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Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University, commonly abbreviated as RWU, is a private, coeducational American liberal arts university located on 140 acres (0.57�km2) in Bristol, Rhode Island, above Mt. Hope Bay. Founded in 1956, it was named for theologian and Rhode Island cofounder Roger Williams. The university has no religious affiliation.

Location

Address
One Old Ferry Road
City
Bristol
State
RI

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
4411
Total Graduate enrollment
815
In State Tuition Fees
29976
Out State Tuition Fees
29976
SAT Score
1582
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.30
Male Female Ratio
53:47
Acceptance Rate
77%
Student Faculty Ratio
14:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Swoop The Hawk
Colors
Royal Blue Gold And White
Conference
Commonwealth Coast
Athletic Twitter

College History

History

The university�s operations date to 1919, when Northeastern University opened a branch campus in the YMCA building in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1940, the YMCA Board of Directors took over the school and the YMCA Institute granted its first associate�s degrees in 1948. In 1956, the Institute received a state charter to become a two-year, degree-granting institution under the name of Roger Williams Junior College. During the 1960s, Roger Williams College began granting bachelor�s degrees. Needing a larger campus, the college purchased 80 acres (32 ha) of waterfront land and moved its main campus to Bristol in 1969. (RWU continues to operate a branch campus in Providence.) In 1989 new president Dr. Natale A. Sicuro initiated the Roger Williams Plan for the 90s, and became concurrently the president of the newly established Roger Williams School of Law and, in 1992, led the name change of Roger Williams College to Roger Williams University. RWU celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. The university enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 850 graduate students in 42 liberal arts majors and five professional schools. It is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree directly in Marine Biology,[citation needed] has a well-regarded school of architecture,[citation needed] and has the only law school in Rhode Island. Approximately 85% of students live on campus. The university is one of the few institutions offering online study in Digital Forensics and also has a program in Computer Networking and Security. On Friday, July 2, 2010, Roy Nirschel resigned from his post as president of the university. The university announced on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 that Donald J. Farish will become its tenth president. The university has a weekly campus newspaper, The Hawks' Herald, which publishes approximately 20 issues per academic year, and an FM radio station, WQRI 88.3. The radio station plays everything from college alternative to hip hop. The college's 20 varsity athletic teams play at the Division III level as members of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

College Specialty

Specialty

Roger Williams University is an independent university that combines the unique strengths of small liberal arts colleges and those of larger comprehensive universities and where liberal and professional education are enhanced by their integration and the recognition of their unity. At the foundation of the institution is a set of core values that play a central role in guiding a respectful, diverse and intellectually vibrant university community: Love of learning as an intrinsic value Preparation for careers and future study Collaboration of students and faculty in research Commitment to community through service and sustainability Appreciation of global perspectives Promotion of civil discourse

Alumni

Alumni

Peter Appel, actor Adam Braver Edward "Ted" Delaney Jason Mattera James W. Nuttall, United States Army Major General who served as Deputy Director of the Army National Guard and Deputy Commander of First Army Joe Polisena, former member of the Rhode Island State Senate Jerry Remy John Haynes Walker, actor

Campus

Campus

Suburban, 140 Waterfront Acres

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