The final countdown (to the end of the semester)

With the end of the semester only 16 days away (when did that happen!?) all of our faculty, staff, and students are busy preparing to wrap up their Fall semesters.

Coming up this week we have our Annual Winter Illumination on Wednesday, while Dance Theatre in Concert will start on Thursday and run through Sunday.

Our Varsity sports teams are hoping to end their semesters on a strong note as our Mens Basketball, Womens Basketball, Mens Ice Hockey, Wrestling, and Mens and Womens Swimming and diving all are competing over the next two weeks.

Here in the Admission Office we are working hard to read and process all of the Early Action 1&2 applications we’ve received. If you missed our Early Action deadlines, no worries! We still have our Regular Decision deadline coming up on February 1st. In the mean time consider coming to visit us on campus over your winter break as we will be offering tours at 9 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm throughout the winter.


Happy holidays and go Hawks!

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Application Time!

Hello everyone!

Most of the RWU Admission Counselors are off the road for the fall season which means reading season has commenced! For those of you who have applied Early Action I and II- great job! We are amidst reading your applications in order to get your decisions to you around the New Year. So far I have personally read some fantastic essays, glowing letters of recommendation and some very impressive extra-curricular activities and community service! Keep up the great work!! By the end of this week we will be emailing all applicants a login username and password so you can check the status of your application.

For those of you who have not yet applied, our Regular Decision deadline is February 1, 2014. We are a member of the Common App with a one page RWU Members Page as our supplement. We are anxiously awaiting your applications so keep them coming! Below is the link to get started on your application:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or call us at (401)254-3500!

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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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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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