Hello from Roger Williams University Office of Undergraduate Admissions!!

It’s hard to believe that we are already half-way through our travel season.  I have had the pleasure of visiting schools in the North and South Shore area of Massachusetts as well as the Boston and Cape area this travel season.  Check out “RWU on The Road” to see if an admissions representative will be visiting your school in the near future.

Just a few weeks ago we had our first Fall Open House!  If you were unable to attend our September Open House don’t sweat it because we have one coming up on Sunday, October 28th from 9:00am-1:00pm.  During our Open House you will have an opportunity to meet with our dedicated faculty, admissions and financial aid counselors, coaches from our 20 varsity sports, clubs and organizations, current students, and even tour our beautiful Bristol campus. 

Next weekend is our Homecoming and Family Weekend!  This takes place every October and is always well attended by our current students, parents and alums.  The weekend includes Athletic Events, Alumni Events, Casino Night, Midnight Madness, Homecoming King and Queen Coronation, Homecoming Luncheon, Family Information Sessions, Saturday Night Comedy Show, Autumn Festival and much more. 

I am looking forward to Homecoming because we are going to have our first Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  The first class of the Hall of Fame will include Ed Randolph ‘82 (Men’s Basketball), Sharon Castelli ‘86 (Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Softball), Matt Walby ‘94 (Equestrian), Stuart Hulke ‘00 (Men’s Soccer), the 1999 Men’s Soccer team, Ray Cordeiro (Baseball) and Dave Kemmy (Wrestling).  Go Hawks

Lastly, feel free to contact our Undergraduate Admissions office at 800-458-7144 or email us at admit@rwu.edu if you have any questions, concerns or would like to schedule a time to visit our campus!

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This week begins our official welcome week to RWU. We are presently hosting an Orientation program for new international/transfer/freshman/graduate students and their families this week. However, many of our new students joined us during our June Orientation programs and we look forward to meeting all of you again during move in and convocation on Saturday, August 25th Our upperclassmen will be moving back on Monday, August 27th.  We look forward to seeing everyone; we have missed you and look forward to hearing all about your great summer vacations!!!

Throughout the summer many offices on campus have been planning various programs for our incoming and returning students. Our entire freshman class will be participating in our fantastic and exciting 5th annual Community Connections program !!!!

Community Connections 2012

On August 27, 2012, approximately 1,200 members of the RWU community – including incoming students, current students, staff, and faculty – will represent the University in the local community during our 5th annual Community Connections program.  Approximately 75 community-based, non-profit organizations will benefit from the energy and talent of RWU students, faculty and staff.  Organizations may include nursing homes, park and recreation departments, schools, churches, and historic sites.

The Admission staff wishes everyone a wonderful and successful school year.  Please stop in the Admission office to say hi and if we can assist you in anyway don’t hesitate to ask…….

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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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