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Roger Williams University

Bristol, RI 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate91%

Roger Williams University Admissions

Roger Williams University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 91% of applicants get into Roger Williams University each year. Out of 8,123 applications received in 2023, 7,388 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Roger Williams University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application is $55.

Students who submit their applications to Roger Williams University for fall should anticipate a decision by November 1.

Roger Williams University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Roger Williams University's admissions stats.

Roger Williams University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 13%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25.17%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3.64%
Waitlist Yes

Roger Williams University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Roger Williams University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 1
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 November 1

Considering Applying Early to Roger Williams University?

Roger Williams University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Roger Williams University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 1.

Some students apply early to college because they hope it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Roger Williams University Admissions

Is Roger Williams University Difficult To Get Into?

Roger Williams University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Roger Williams University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Roger Williams University accepted 91% of students, approximately 7,388 from the 8,123 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Roger Williams University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to Architecture Program is program moderately difficult.

Transferring to Roger Williams University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Roger Williams University

In 2021, Roger Williams University waitlisted 281 students and 108 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 27 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Roger Williams University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Roger Williams University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Roger Williams University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Class Rank Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Roger Williams University for more information on admission factors.

Roger Williams University Application Requirements

To apply to Roger Williams University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Roger Williams University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements Portfolio for architecture and visual arts majors
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Roger Williams University?

Students admitted to Roger Williams University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 43% submitted a class rank. At Roger Williams University 13% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 37% were in the top 25% and 72% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Roger Williams University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 17%
3.75 and 3.99 14%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 14%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 18%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Roger Williams University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Roger Williams University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 25.17% of Roger Williams University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3.64% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Roger Williams University?

To be competitive with other Roger Williams University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1130 and 1265 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Roger Williams University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1265 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Roger Williams University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Roger Williams University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

To be most competitive at Roger Williams University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Roger Williams University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Roger Williams University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

More Information on Transferring to Roger Williams University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Roger Williams University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is May 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Roger Williams University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Roger Williams University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Roger Williams University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Roger Williams University.

Does Roger Williams University accept transfer credits?

✅ Roger Williams University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Roger Williams University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Roger Williams University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Roger Williams University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Roger Williams University?

❌ No, Roger Williams University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Roger Williams University's acceptance rate?

✅ Roger Williams University's acceptance rate is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Roger Williams University?

❌ Roger Williams University does not offer early decision.

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Roger Williams University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Roger Williams University? Roger Williams University is a somewhat selective institution. The Roger Williams University acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


Roger Williams University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

May 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Roger Williams University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Roger Williams University is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Roger Williams University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1265


Math SAT Range

550 - 630


Reading SAT Range

570 - 640

Roger Williams University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Roger Williams University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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