Founded in 1956, Roger Williams University was named for theologian and Rhode Island co-founder Roger Williams. The university has no religious affiliation.
The university enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 850 graduate students in 42 liberal arts majors and five professional schools. It is one of the few colleges in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree directly in Marine Biology, has a well-regarded school of architecture, and has the only law school in Rhode Island. The University also offers a degree in Construction Management; nearly all students leaving the CM program have secured a job in their field before graduation. The university is also one of the few institutions offering online study in Digital Forensics and also has a program in Computer Networking and Security. Approximately 85% of students live on campus.
Roger Williams University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III. The Hawks are a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC). Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Other sports include indoor track and sailing and there is an equestrian team.