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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
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
RISD is a highly rated private college located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,976 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the RISD acceptance rate is 32%. Popular majors include Illustration, Industrial and Product Design, and Architecture. Graduating 91% of students, RISD alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $40,300.
About Rhode Island School of Design...
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

Acceptance Rate
32%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1130-1370
ACT Range
25-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,777/ 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
$26,169/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
49%

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
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
10%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,976Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Talented
    47%
  • Creative
    33%
  • Hard-working
    13%
  • Stressed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
71%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.35 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Creative
    58%
  • Rigorous
    25%
  • Open-minded
    17%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
75%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses
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RISD has an extremely busy schedule, mostly during your first (foundation) year. It's very challenging, but very possible if you're committed. Just don't expect to be goofing around too much or getting a lot of free time. With good time management you'll have fun and enough time to pursue things outside of school, but it's not a given. The attendance policy is extremely strict, so don't plan on being able to skip class, even for medical reasons. Speaking of medical reasons, Health Services is pretty bad. Overall though, if art is the thing for you, this is the place to be, and you will learn a lot.
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Excellent environment to grow artistically. Programs are rigorous and quite demanding on your time and skill levels. School is more for students who are brainy and critical thinkers so if you are just trying to build technical skills, this school is not for you. You'll run into best of the best many times over so it challenges you to be better! Campus life is so much fun and quite unique.
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.