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Roger Williams University Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Roger Williams University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Roger Williams University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 15.36%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 51%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Roger Williams University?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Roger Williams University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Roger Williams University accepts about 92% of early action applicants and 86% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Roger Williams University admitted 4,44 of the 4,771 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Roger Williams University Hard 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 2021, Roger Williams University accepted 86% of students, around 7,547 of the 8,775 students who applied.

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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Roger Williams University waitlisted 492 students. Of those, 217 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Roger Williams University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. 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 put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Roger Williams University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Roger Williams University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

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

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, 37% submitted a class rank. At Roger Williams University 15.36% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 40.22% were in the top 25% and 73.74% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Roger Williams University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 37%
3.75 and 3.99 9.07%
3.50 and 3.74 16.53%
3.25 and 3.49 17.94%
3.00 and 3.24 19.05%
2.50 and 2.9 19.15%
2.00 and 2.49 1.51%

Roger Williams University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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, 51% of Roger Williams University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Roger Williams University?

To be competitive with other Roger Williams University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Roger Williams University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Roger Williams University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Roger Williams University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Roger Williams University?

To be most competitive at Roger Williams University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Roger Williams University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Roger Williams University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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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 April 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Roger Williams University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring 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
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

Roger Williams University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

No, Roger Williams University is test optional, so you can choose whether to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Roger Williams University's acceptance rate?

Roger Williams University's acceptance rate is 86%.

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

The early action acceptance rate at Roger Williams University was 92% in 2021.

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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 86%. This means that the institution accepts 86 out of every 100 applicants.



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Roger Williams University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 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 Apr 1.

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

Roger Williams University ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


22 to 26


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Roger Williams University is 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Roger Williams University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Roger Williams University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1230


Math SAT Range

530 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 620

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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 3.42. 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.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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