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 admit@rwu.edu or call us 401-254-3500.

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Can Freshmen Have Cars…?

Can Freshmen Have Cars…?

One of the most frequently asked questions of our Admission staff is, “Can freshmen have cars?” Our collective, unapologetic response is, “At RWU, no, freshmen cannot have cars.” We often relate that, although it is nowhere near as severe as the parking situation depicted in the attached photograph (a parking facility in NYC), the amount of available parking does factor in but it is in no way the major reason for not allowing our first year students to have cars.

There is a ton of research on the factors that contribute to an overall successful college experience. One of the key factors is that crucial first year. If a student has a positive experience in the first year, he/she will be more likely to succeed academically, progress toward graduation in four years, and take advantage of the resources and opportunities available to them during their stay. The likelihood of having such an experience is directly related to the students’ ability to make strong, meaningful connections to the campus community (peers, faculty, administrators and staff).

For many incoming freshmen, it is their first time away from home, family, lifelong friends and a familiar environment. Their newfound independence can be overwhelming, intimidating and even frustrating. In the face of such concerns, it is understandable that some would like to be able to take off and get away from it all and go back to that which is comfortable. If the student has the opportunity (transportation) to go home every weekend (or more often), there is the chance that he/she will not make the connections to become fully engaged with the campus community. Not that there is anything wrong with going home and visiting family and friends but research has proven, the student is much better served by facing and working his/her way through the challenges. There are generally two schools of thought on going home in the first semester of freshmen year: on the short side, it is suggested that freshmen should not go home before the Columbus Day weekend, on the long side, it is the Thanksgiving Holiday.

So, the reason that freshmen cannot have cars is not because of lack of space, or that you are the last in seniority but most importantly, because we want you to be successful… Wait until your sophomore year to begin amassing parking tickets…

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The Ending of Fall Travel Season and Application Deadlines are fast approaching!!

The Ending of Fall Travel Season and Application Deadlines are fast approaching!!

It’s hard to believe that the ending of our Fall travel season is fast approaching. I have had the pleasure of visiting schools in Texas as well as the Boston and Cape area this season.

Just a few weeks ago we had our October Open House! If you were unable to attend our October Open House don’t sweat it because we have one coming up on Sunday, November 3rd from 1:00pm-5:00pm. During our Open House you will have an opportunity to meet with our dedicated faculty, admissions and financial aid counselors, coaches from our 20 varsity sports, clubs and organizations, current students, and even tour our beautiful Bristol campus.

Friday, November 1st is our first of two early action application deadlines. If you will not be able to make our Early Action 1 deadline by Friday; please make sure to apply by Friday, November 15th for our Early Action 2 deadline.

I am excited about leaving the road to start reading applications from students I have had the opportunity to meet while on the road. If you have any questions about our application deadlines or requirements please feel free to contact our Undergraduate Admissions office at 800-458-7144 or email us at admit@rwu.edu.

GO RED SOX

Nantucket

Nantucket

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RWU and Beyond

We hope you have had a chance to meet one of our Admission Counselors on the road this Fall. If you haven’t please refer to our website at www.rwu.edu under Admissions, click on RWU on the road. We list by State and Country our high schools visit lists and college fairs. If you don’t see your high school listed or college fair near you call our office and we will be able to tell you if and when we will be in your area. We offer tours 3x a day, Monday through Friday and 2x on Saturday. Just call our office to schedule your visit or register online for a tour and information session. We have two remaining OPEN HOUSES this Fall scheduled for October 20th and November 3rd. Our campus could not be more beautiful this time of year which is surrounded by two bays of the Atlantic Ocean in the historic village of Bristol, RI. The Fall foliage is at its peak right now so come and enjoy our campus, meet our faculty, students and staff. While traveling to RWU or just if you are interested in knowing what our State has to offer please enjoy the suggested tour listed below which was developed by, Eric Schmigle, a member of our Admission staff. We look forward to meeting all of you and sharing with you what RWU has to offer…..

If you will be visiting RWU’s campus we highly recommend you visit the historic downtown of Bristol. Roger Williams University is located only a few minutes away and you will be pleasantly surprised of what Bristol has to offer. Visit Historic Bristol to learn more about one of New England’s hidden treasures.

If you cannot get enough of the beautiful coastline of Rhode Island we suggest traveling only 30 minutes up the road to Newport, RI . Newport has its own feel with fine dining, shopping on Thames Street and scenic walking tours of historic mansions. If you feel adventurous you can always make reservations on one of the many sailboats that offer tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Weather and season permitting.

Lastly, when leaving RI and if time allows visit Providence, RI. It has its own shopping Mall at Providence Place which is a 3 level upscale shopping center, visit Thayer Street, Federal Hill for Italian food and WaterFire which is a must when visiting RI.

PS. Use our campus visit page to sign up for a student guided campus tour!!
Our website is: www.rwu.edu . Should you wish to contact us, please call 1(401)254-3500.

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