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Your chances of getting into Roger Williams University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

91%
Admission Difficulty for Roger Williams University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Roger Williams University is 91%.  Its admission rate is the 10th lowest in Rhode Island.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Roger Williams University and can you get accepted?

Roger Williams University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 7,389 out of the 8,121 who applied were admitted.

Roger Williams University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.43. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Roger Williams University?

91% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Roger Williams University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.43 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Roger Williams University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.43

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Roger Williams University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Roger Williams University are to have around a 3.43 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.43 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Roger Williams University accepts 91% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Roger Williams University is 3.43 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #7 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Roger Williams University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Roger Williams University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 17.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 13.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 20.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 17.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Roger Williams University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Roger Williams University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 24% of students submitted SAT scores and 4% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1120-1270

Applicants Submitting SAT 

24%
SAT Scores for Roger Williams University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 570
Math 25th Percentile 550
Composite 25th Percentile 1120
SAT Scores for Roger Williams University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 630
Composite 75th Percentile 1270
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Roger Williams University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Roger Williams University is 1200 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1120-1270. Students who get into Roger Williams University score in the top 37 percent of all SAT test takers..  Roger Williams University ranks #6 in the state of Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1200 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Roger Williams University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1120, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1040, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Roger Williams University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1200 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1195, you have around a 91% chance of being admitted. A 1270 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 95% chance of getting in.

Roger Williams University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1270 and Above Good >95%
1195 to 1270 Avg + 91%-95%
1120 to 1195 Avg - 84%-91%
1045 to 1120 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 1045 Low <74%
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Roger Williams University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

25-31 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

4%
ACT Scores for Roger Williams University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 25
ACT Scores for Roger Williams University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Roger Williams University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Roger Williams University is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 25 and 31.  The school ranks #5 in Rhode Island and #233 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 25 and score in the score in the top 22 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 22.

4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Roger Williams University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Roger Williams University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Roger Williams University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 91% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 95% with a 31 ACT score.

Roger Williams University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >95%
28 to 31 Avg + 91%-95%
25 to 28 Avg - 84%-91%
22 to 25 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 22 Low <74%
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High School Class Rank

74% of Roger Williams University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 38% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Roger Williams University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 16%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 74%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Roger Williams University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,398 3,723 8,121
Accepted 4,062 3,327 7,389
Acceptance Rate 92% 89% 91%
Enrolled 546 528 1,074
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 16% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Roger Williams University is $55.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Roger Williams University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Roger Williams University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not required for admission, but considered if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Roger Williams University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Roger Williams University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.43 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1200 and ACT of 28 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217518 IPEDS survey data for Roger Williams University.

Last updated February 24, 2024

FAQs

Does Roger Williams University prefer SAT or ACT?

24% of students submit their SAT scores to Roger Williams University. 4% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Roger Williams University?

91% of those who apply are granted admission to Roger Williams University. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Roger Williams University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1120 and 1270. The average SAT score is 1195. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Roger Williams University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.