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Rhode Island School of Design
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  • 4 Year
  • PROVIDENCE, RI

Report Card

grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade C
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade unavailable
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade A
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade A+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

20 WASHINGTON PL
PROVIDENCE, RI 02903
Athletic Division
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Athletic Conference
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From Rhode Island School of Design

RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) is a creative community founded in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island. Today, we enroll 2,620 students hailing from 59 countries. Led by a committed faculty, they are engaged in 44 full-time bachelor's and master's degree programs and supported by a worldwide network of over 31,000 alumni who demonstrate the vital role artists and designers play in today’s society.

Beyond facts and figures, what is the spirit of this community? Through a cross-disciplinary curriculum of studio-based learning and rigorous study in the liberal arts, RISD students are encouraged to develop their own personal creative processes, but they are united by one guiding principle: in order to create, one must question. In cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD seeks to activate a critical exchange that empowers artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world.

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Rhode Island School of Design Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
January 17
Acceptance Rate
19%
SAT Range
1310-1480
ACT Range
28-34
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$38,234 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$37,286 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
46%

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Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
7:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 27 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 35 responses
9%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 34 responses

Majors

Experimental and Foundation Studies (EFS)

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The three EFS studios—Drawing, Design and Spatial Dynamics—encourage students to think deductively and intuitively through assignments and critiques, and to investigate the potential of disparate materials as they take projects from concept to completion. Faculty members lead group critiques but critical dialogue among students is also important in helping their work reach its full potential.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    100%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,108 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
No data available  
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Talented
    40%
  • Creative
    25%
  • Hard-working
    20%
  • Stressed
    15%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 24 responses
Poll
75%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports. 40 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Creative
    41%
  • Rigorous
    24%
  • Fast-paced
    12%
  • Open-minded
    12%
  • Overrated
    12%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,100 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
64%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 14 responses

Rhode Island School of Design Reviews

Rating 3.76 out of 5  352 reviews
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