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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    C+
Rhode Island School of Design is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Address
2 College St
Providence, RI 02903
Website
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Rhode Island School of Design Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1080-1340
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,389/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $31,129/ year
  • $30-48k
    $34,188/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,979/ year
  • $76-110k
    $44,122/ year
  • $110k+
    $54,093/ year
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Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
41%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.27 responses
12%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,999Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Talented
    50%
  • Creative
    33%
  • Hard-working
    17%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.16 responses
Poll
69%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.32 responses
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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses
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I have found that one's experience of RISD is highly dependent upon what department you are entering. Despite it being referred to generally as a visual arts college, there is an incredible about of difference in the artistic disciplines taught and therefore it is only natural that some are excelling and some are struggling. I highly suggest any prospective students seriously consider exactly what disciplines they are interested in and do research on those particular departments a RISD. Also, the freshman year experience, though marketed as the same experience for all incoming students is incredibly different depending on the professors you get.
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The school is obviously well funded and well-staffed, but the students are severely overworked, especially the freshmen. Students are expected to attend 8-10 hour classes three times a week, with two-hour liberal classes, alongside a one hour lecture. This naturally makes all those angsty teenagers more grouchy and stressed out. It doesn't help that Providence is so small and it almost suffocates anyone in it; there's no way to "escape" RISD because the city revolves around the two anchor schools (Brown and RISD). The student body is also so small; gossip spreads around fast.
The academics, however, are stellar. Professors may be harsh, but they certainly do teach. Although I will say, a lot of the students don't quite have the "skill" for an "elite" art school like RISD, particularly the international students. Unfortunately, RISD seems to accept plenty of people who are extremely rich and able to fund the school fully, and not enough people who genuinely are talented.
As a Freshman at RISD, my perspective of RISD as a whole is limited. However, from what I've experienced, it's been overwhelmingly positive. The professors here are all skilled in a different areas, which makes Foundation year a very broad and interdisciplinary year. Indeed, students who want to focus on only one area of study find it tedious, but I found it very eye-opening. After all, I got the chance to work with mediums from paint to wood, which I've never touched. One truly exemplary part of RISD is the dining: they're very open to all types of eaters, and are open to change. If the food doesn't cover a wide enough spectrum, then there are methods of contacting the MET in order to change that. The MET staff are very kind and friendly, always open to conversation.