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
    A
  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

Acceptance Rate
33%
SAT Scores Range
1110-1380
ACT Scores Range
27-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Rhode Island School of Design

Cost

Net Price
$35,058/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,160/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,879/ year
  • $49-75k
    $34,986/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,444/ year
  • $110k+
    $50,402/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
12%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,014Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Talented
    45%
  • Creative
    36%
  • Hard-working
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.15 responses
Poll
68%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.31 responses
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After Rhode Island School of Design

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
87%
National
47%
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

Rhode Island School of Design Reviews

298 reviews
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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.
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Since I haven't yet gotten to RISD, I can only say how wonderful and happy the experience has been applying, visiting, committing, and meeting people. Every current student at RISD is outgoing and very ready to answer any questions and I've gotten messages on Facebook from a bunch of them asking if I need any help and building a small foundation for me to rely on as it gets closer to move in day! I have no doubts about the professors or the classes or the resources because RISD is #1 for design, so it's amazing how perfect everything else around the classes has been as well. I'm so excited to partake in the community and to put myself out there.
RISD is a world renowned school, which, at the very least, attracts some impressive students and faculty. However, they don't do everything right and I think all art education (but maybe more here) requires a TON of self-guidance from the student. In other words, you probably won't improve at your craft unless you force yourself to and think extremely critically about what you're learning in class. It's often hard to put your finger on what you're learning, especially when you don't work hard to apply it to your own craft. Also, the Film/Animation/Video department isn't as strong as others. It seems that the only FAV students who produce truly great work, probably would have done so anyway.