A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
  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

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

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Test Scores and GPA for Rhode Island School of Design

Cost

Net Price
$37,949/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,678/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,873/ year
  • $49-75k
    $40,125/ year
  • $76-110k
    $49,754/ year
  • $110k+
    $52,726/ year

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

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,014Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
16%
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
$47,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
48%
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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Rhode Island School of Design Reviews

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RISD is known by many around the world as one of the top visual arts colleges. Its academics and studio arts professors are incredibly intelligent and skilled people. They carry the RISD name with pride and deliver a great educational experience to the students.
With it being an internationally famous school, there is a great level of diversity among students. The Asian community is large at RISD, but there are a number of students from all over the world.
The courses at RISD are rigorous, particularly in Freshman year. Student stress level is very high, and many students fail to take proper care of their health such as sleeping and eating adequately.
For a very driven individual who can handle a large workload and has the proper support to keep on top of self care, RISD can be an incredibly rewarding school experience.
Review Rhode Island School of Design
At RISD you are surrounded my talented, driven artists. Select your professors well, otherwise you may not learn anything. Art schools in general are pretty self-driven. You can either simply finish the assignments, or really put your heart into them to learn the most. RISD focuses more expanding your imagination and thinking of the impossible than refining and improving any technical skills.
Great school, if you're rich. That's the size of it.

Don't get me wrong -- the facilities, dorms, and city are all great. What I found most valuable was working with and learning from my peers.

I graduated in 2013 and I have a whopping $173,000 in debt.

At this price, they should have ONLY the best, most invested faculty, financial planning courses, and RIGOROUS one on one career coaching -- basically, for $200k +, they should hand you a career on a silver platter. I am lucky enough to have found a job in my field (Industrial Design) right out of school. I started at 40k, and I now make 75k. I also have to work a second bartending job and do freelance work to make the payments.

I have no regrets, but would warn anyone that without rich parents or a full or half priced ride from the school (extremely low chances), you will be limiting yourself to a life of financial burden and worry. Not worth it.