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Roger Williams University

School Summary
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-1040
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, is within easy access of New York, Boston, and Providence. Bristol, a seaport on the coast of Rhode Island, was named after Bristol, England, and earned the nickname, ¡§America¡¦s most patriotic town¡¨ by having the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration. The annual event, which began in 1785, includes a parade, fireworks, a lottery, and a drum and bugle corps competition. The town contains many historic sites including the Bristol County Courthouse and Jail, the Bristol Ferry Lighthouse, the Waterfront Historic District, and the Benjamin Church House.

The Bachelor of Science in architecture program at Roger Williams is intended to be a non-professional degree to prepare students for further, graduate study in architecture. Students are expected to meet all of the University¡¦s core requirements as well as take courses in architectural design and history, environment and human behavior, technical systems, and professional practice. A variety of architecture electives are also offered. Students may choose the B.S./M.S. program. This five and a half to six year program leads to a B.S. degree in architecture as well as a professional M.S. degree in architecture.

Roger Williams offers students a major and a minor program in art and architectural history. The program focuses on understanding society, culture, and history¡¦s relationship to art and architecture. Students should achieve an appreciation of why art is created and why it should be preserved. The department uses an interdisciplinary approach to education, drawing from museums, galleries, internships, and study abroad in Florence, Italy. Each students curriculum is personally tailored, but must include 36 credits introductory and intermediate courses, and advanced seminars. Additionally, students may choose to concentrate in either art history or architectural history.

Roger Williams University has a financial aid office that offers several different types of aid including state, federal, and private programs, and loans, grants, scholarships, and awards. To begin the process, students must fill out a profile form, complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA). The deadline for the profile form, the first step in the process, is January 1 and the FAFSA form is due on February 1. Counseling is available for those interested in federally subsidized loans, such as the Stafford and Perkins loans. The school also has a work study program with available positions listed online.

The university receives its accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Bachelor of Architecture degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Currently, Roger Williams is in the final phase of the two year self-study process. The self-study is part of a ten year re-accreditation by NEASC.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,