Posts by jessica winthrop-oney

Admission Updates

Hi everyone!

I have updates for you from the Admission Office at RWU! First, our last Open House of the fall was on Sunday, 11/3. To all the 550-plus of the amazing prospective students (not to mention their families and friends) who came to visit campus, thank you!!! We hope you had as wonderful a day as we did! It was a little chilly but we believe a beneficial, informative and fun introduction to RWU.

If you couldn’t make it for an Open House, don’t worry! We are hosting a College Week Live chat on Tuesday, 11/4, from 12pm-8pm. College Week Live is a virtual college fair where students have an opportunity to connect with colleges. Our students and counselors will be chatting live and we are also hosting various presentations…check out my session Admissions 101 at 4pm EST. I’d love to take any questions you have! Of course, you are always welcome to come for a visit. We have tours Monday – Saturday. You can book a tour online here.

Lastly, just a reminder that we extended our Early Action 1 deadline to November 7, 2013 so you have a little more time to submit your applications. We had our annual “Application Reader Training” this past Friday and are so excited to begin reviewing your application! Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us anytime. Our admission email is or call us 401-254-3500.

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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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Welcome Class of 2016!!!

Hi everyone!

Well it’s that time of the year again! It’s past May 1 (THE day to deposit to your school of choice) and we have a brand new, amazingly talented, smart and savvy class of freshman coming in! Having worked with many of you in your application process I just wanted to say how happy we all are that you’ve chosen RWU. Soon you will be calling RWU home and you are truly a part of our family now!!! If we can help you with ANYTHING just let us know. We are here for you every step of the way!


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Have you visited RWU yet…….NO? YES? Either way, we’re waiting for you….

Have you visited RWU yet…….NO? YES? Either way, we’re waiting for you….

WOW! It has been one busy, amazing and gorgeous (it’s in the 50’s here today!) week with visitors coming from all over the world to check out Roger Williams University!!! Many area high schools are on vacation so we have been sending out campus tours and conducting information sessions non-stop!

If you haven’t visited us yet, why not? Did you know RWU is only 20 minutes from Newport, 30 minutes from Providence, 1 hour from Boston, 2 hours from Hartford and 3 hours from New York City? We are so centrally located! We offer tours Monday-Saturday and you can register online here or by calling us at (800) 458-7144. Also, if you’re an accepted student (CONGRATS!!!!!!) don’t forget to register for Accepted Student Day – you do not want to miss this chance for you and your family to hear in depth about your intended major from Professors and Deans, talk to Financial Aid representatives, tour residence halls and campus, meet with Athletics and much more!

Lastly, we have a Spring Open House coming up on the afternoon of April 18 so stay tuned to our website for more details…we’d love to see you then or anytime! Don’t forget, we are here for you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help with anything. See you soon!!!

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Early Action One or Two???

Early Action One or Two???

Hi everyone!

I am writing to you from the lovely area of Fairfield County, CT where I have been visiting high schools all week. This is one of my absolute favorite places to visit – the students are super nice, the guidance counselors are welcoming and there are about a million Panera’s (much love to Panera Bread for their Asian Chicken Sesame Salad which keeps me from going hungry!)

Anyway, I wanted to let you know the difference between our two Early Action application deadlines. I’ve been getting alot of questions regarding why would we have deadlines two weeks apart. Here’s the situation – if you can apply for Early Action One (by 11/1) we will send your decision by December 15. Alternatively, you can apply for Early Action Two (by 11/15) and we will send your decision by January 15. Now I’ve been working in Admissions at RWU for 5 years and I can promise you that as soon as you hit send on the Common App you are going to want to know your decision. Knowing around December 15 gives you and your family more time to think it over as deposits aren’t due til May 1. Also, it is not binding to apply early action meaning you do not need to commit to RWU.

If you have any questions at all, big or small, we are here for you. Most of us counselors are hitting the road hard visiting high schools around the world but you can email us at or call into the office at 401-254-3500. My email is if you want to ask me something – I love to help!

Best of luck with your college application process!!! Remember by this time next year you will be happily settled into your new home :) We hope it’s RWU!


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