Summer Rhode Trippin’

It’s summer time, and while for most of you that means spending your days at the beach getting some sun, or working your annual summer job, and spending time with your friends and family it also means that it’s time to visit the colleges you’re considering applying to in the fall. Summer is a great time to begin narrowing down the long list of schools you might have an interest in. Believe it or not, you can make this fun, I promise! Yes, Rhode Island has a lot of different campuses for you to visit and while the main focus of your trip should be to find the right “college fit,” we also have some great beaches and summer fun for Rhode Islander’s and visitors alike.

When planning your “Rhode Trip,” you might consider mapping out stops at each of the schools in the area you are interested in while making time in between each stop to enjoy all that little rhody has to offer during the summer months. The beaches are a must when visiting R.I. and the summer events here are another reason to visit entirely on their own.

To make sure you get the most out of your trip make sure to plan ahead! Don’t forget to call each Office of Admission at the schools you plan to visit to schedule your tour before you arrive. It’s also important to be organized and brainstorm some questions that you want to have answered at each of your campus visits. Create a checklist – something to keep you busy on your drive to RI – of the top 5-10 things you are looking for in a college and bring a folder to take home information from each individual visit. Finally, while we are all in summer mode now, the fall will be here before we know it. It’s important that you collect information on application requirements and deadlines at each school.

To plan your visit to RWU you can call our office at 401-254-3500 or make a reservation right online! We offer 4 tours per day Monday-Friday @ 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. We will begin to offer tours on Saturdays on August 13th @ 10:00am and 12:00pm. We are only 20 minutes from Newport, so don’t forget to give yourself some time to sight see!

Hope to see you on campus soon!

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I have the best job in the world!!! Every day I get to work one on one with not only prospective students but also our current students. I manage over 90 students who work in admissions – RWU Admission Ambassadors! – and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. They keep me laughing, they keep me on my toes and they keep me in the know. So when it was time to write my blog, I turned to our amazing student staff for their perspective.

Fresh from the press…hear it in their words….


Jess L.  - You should visit RWU because it’s important to get a feel for the campus and the facilities. You will also have a chance to talk to faculty, staff and other students.

Lisseth S. – I think you should visit because of the diverse programs we offer and our location. The class ratios are really good here – this is a school where the professor can get to know you and you are not a number.

Kevin M. – It is amazing to visit RWU in the summer. You can walk behind GHH and see the bay and then walk down to the dock. It’s the perfect climate in the summer – not too hot with a cool breeze.

Tania H. – There is a great view of the bay, it’s beautiful and the weather is nice! We have different programs running over the summer like middle school camps and Orientation so there is a lot going on. Also, the people working in Admissions are really friendly and bubbly!

Muath A. – Summer is a great time to visit because you can see everything. The campus is wide open to explore and we have nice weather! Check out the Rec Center, GHH, the library, a residence hall and stop by Admissions.

Sarah B. – Visit RWU – we are right on the bay! You can get a great feel for the school in the summer. You will see what it’s like to be at mid-sized liberal arts school and be able to figure out exactly what you’re looking for in a college.

Marcela R. – You should come – the weather is really good so take advantage of it! There are a lot of summer camps at RWU so there is always something going on.


Jess L. – In Bristol, eat at Quito’s or the Beehive and definitely check out Colt State Park.

Lisseth S. – Downtown Bristol is a beautiful place to relax and hang out. Go to the Beehive, Colt State Park, and up on 136 is Eskimo King (250 flavors of ice cream – everyone has to go there at least once!) and in Newport go to the beaches. Even though Bristol is a small town it is close to everything.

Kevin M. – In Bristol, go to Colt State Park, Sip N Dip, Ricotti’s, the Wrap Shack, Aidan’s or Quito’s.

Tania H. – Definitely go to Newport and Portsmouth. In Newport you can take advantage of the ferries or  go to a jazz concert. In Bristol we have the 4th of July parade! The Orientation Advisors make a float for the parade every year and were featured on the local news last night.

Muath A. – In Bristol you should walk on the 18 mile bike path. In Newport there is a lot going on. America’s cup will be here and there are concerts every day from 6-10pm.

Sarah B. – My top pick is Newport. It is a summer town and there are lots of boutiques to shop in and restaurants. There is a lot going on!

Marcela R.– Take the time to visit Newport. One of my favorite restaurants is 41 North. It’s upscale and feels like you’re in a different country. You can sit and watch the yachts go by and on the weekends it turns into a lounge with DJ’s playing. Also go to the Landing and if you want to do more touristy things see Cliff Walk.

Now that you’ve heard from our students I think you know what you need to do. Come visit Roger Williams University! Give us a call at (401) 254-3500 or schedule a tour online. We are waiting for you!

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If you are visiting RWU’s campus this summer, I highly recommend visiting the historic downtown of Bristol. Roger Williams University is located only a few minutes away and you will be pleasantly surprised of what Bristol has to offer. Visit Historic Bristol to learn more about one of New England’s hidden treasures.

If you cannot get enough of the beautiful coastline of Rhode Island I recommend traveling only 30 minutes up the road to Newport, RI.

Newport has its own feel with fine dining, shopping on Thames Street and scenic walking tours of historic mansions. If you feel adventurous you can always make reservations on one of the many sailboats that offer tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

Lastly, when leaving RI and if time allows I recommend visiting Providence, RI. Providence has its own shopping on Thayer Street,Federal Hill for Italian food dining and WaterFire which I always take advantage of over the summer.

PS. Visit our campus visit page to sign up for a student guided campus tour!!

Newport Rhode Island sunset

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RWU Orienation 2012

Welcome Class of 2016 and your families to RWU’s Orientation 2012. Since June 4th the University has hosted 4 summer orientation programs and our last orientation will be held on August 22nd and 23rd. It has been our pleasure to have met all of you and we look forward to seeing you again just before classes begin on August 29th. Please call us if you have any questions throughout this summer. We are glad to assist you anytime. Our office number is 1(800)458-7144 Ext 3500.

The Admission Office is open throughout the summer on Monday – Friday from 8:30-4:30pm and will be open on Saturday, August 4th and August 18th.

Come visit RWU this summer, learn all about us, and make it a family vacation while visiting our beautiful state. RI is hosting the America’s Cup World Series in Newport right now and in our own town of Bristol they will be holding its 227th 4th of July parade, the oldest continuous celebration of its kind in the US.

Check out for yourself the State of RI’s website at: for summer events but don’t forget to stop by, meet our Admission staff and students this summer we would enjoy spending time with you.


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Summer 2012


I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! Summer is in full swing here at RWU. Orientation sessions for the class of 2016 will be starting shortly; we are all excited to meet our new students and welcome them to campus.

Even though most of the students are gone there is still plenty going on around campus with camps and conferences! If you have a free day come visit us and take a tour!

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Thanks for the Memories Class of 2012

Thanks for the Memories Class of 2012

RWU celebrated its 42nd commencement this past Saturday, May 19th, 2012, on a beautiful, cloudless, sunny day. 1,120 students received their degrees; in addition 183 law school degrees were awarded on Friday, May 20th, 2012.

Madeline K. Albright, nominated by President William Clinton in 1966, former US ambassador to the United Nations, and 1st female Secretary of State, gave the commencement address. She urged our students to make sure everything you do “enriches your journey on this earth.”

On behalf of the Admission Office we want you to know that we will miss each and every one of you especially those who worked for the Admissions Office at RWU.  We personally wish to thank Brittney, Katie, Marissa, Rosa, Amber, Hilary, Jackie, Julia and Kristen for your endless hours of devotion, tours, meeting with families, attending OPEN HOUSES and ACCEPTED STUDENT DAYS, answering phones and working on endless projects. You will always be remembered, truly missed, but we wish you a lifetime of happiness and success.

Until we meet again…  Au revoir and enjoy  !!!!!!!


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