Roger Williams University: Narrative Description

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1 Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809
Tel: (401)253-1040
Free: 800-458-7144
Admissions: (401)254-3500
Fax: (401)254-3557
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1956. Setting: 140-acre small town campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $68.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $380,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $8392 per student. Total enrollment: 5,070. Faculty: 383 (168 full-time, 215 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 5,819 applied, 78% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 45% from top quarter, 73% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 1 valedictorian, 45 student government officers. Full-time: 3,569 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 621 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 37 other countries, 89% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 2% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; protective services/public administration; architecture. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 12/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $33,103 includes full-time tuition ($21,848), mandatory fees ($1018), and college room and board ($10,237). College room only: $5355. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course load, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $910 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 54 open to all. Most popular organizations: Entertainment Network, Student Senate, American Institute of Architects, John Jay Society, residence hall councils. Major annual events: Spring Week/Winter Weekend, Midnight Madness, Super Stars. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,864 college housing spaces available; 2,845 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Roger Williams University Library plus 2 others with 202,495 books, 138,579 microform titles, 2,132 serials, 70,859 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 410 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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