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I would like to see donations used to lower tuition. They have built more things that are not exactly needed but students are barely able to afford the tuition. I think the students and professors are great but I wasn’t happy with the lack of resources.
I started school at Ringling planning to graduate in four years. Unfortunately, as soon as I completed my freshman year with a 3.5 gpa, the financial aid office informed me that I could no longer attend due to the financial burden. I was devastated. I now have 60,000 dollars in student loans without a degree...

Before attending Ringling please research and think about the cost of private Art schools in general and if its actually worth what they claim you'll receive.
Ringling College of Art and Design has SO many pros over cons in attending. Get ready for a stunning small campus that draws in people from all over the globe, and that isn't just a cheap phrase. A massive chunk of Ringling's population are either from across the US or international, creating a beautifully diverse experience. Teachers there are world renown, and every single one is very committed to your success.
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I love the faculty and access to any equipment needed for a project. The food should probably be more diverse/ have more options.
Ringling College of Art and Design is a wonderful college for those who want a career in the arts. They effectively give us the building blocks to reach our goals and show improvement with astonishing results. I have met great people while attending and hope to finish every semester with new knowledge and pride.
Though the school is expensive, Ringling offers many opportunities for student to get into contact with employer for their future. Many fun activities to participate in outside of class.
I like that Ringling sets you up with a four year plan, and genuinely being a small school, makes it easier for the professors to care about the success of their students and bond with them. However, it is not in a college area to say the slightest, has slim food options, and is behind in some of its equipment compared to other art and design schools.
What I like about Ringling is that there are a lot of different career paths to chose from simply in just the one single major that you chose. I have made a lot of friends just like me who share the same passion, plus there’s a lot that I’ve learned from friends in different majors too. They really offer a lot of options for their students.
I transferred to Ringling College of Art and Design from another art school. In my year there, I've found myself honestly learning the fundamentals of art and design cohesively and have a constant motivation to want to keep drawing, even outside of classes. What I would like to see change is more diversity and respect on campus for people of all backgrounds as well as healthier food options that are also fresh.
There was a lot of racial tension around campus. We would hear reports of racial harassment and the students responsible basically got a slap on the wrist and were still attending school.
Overall the teachers and courses available are very good, however the meal plan food and on campus housing situation can get pretty bad. There was a food poisoning problem earlier this semester and it can be difficult to get good housing. The area in which the school is located isn't the safest either, and they could stand to beef up security a bit.
Amazing School. A lot of courses that can teach you very unique things. Very fun clubs, amazing staff and everyone here is amazing. We all work together to achieve a similar goal, and we are all a tight community.
The teachers have usually worked in the field they teach so they really know what they're talking about and try to help us all become better artists. There's kind of a mentally draining mindset though to put your work and your networking first, no matter if it affects your mental health. It's also not a very racially diverse accepting or knowledgeable campus, but we're working to change that to make it into a more welcoming and comfortable for all! Overall, I feel like what I'm paying for, which is the education, has been worth the money and is making me a better artist!
Teachers are great, you'll learn a lot. They are having trouble keeping up with dorm space but the new dorms should be finished soon? Food on campus can be a bit questionable, but there are some good places within walking distance. The book store/cafe across the street has some great tea and sandwiches!
The professors are generally good (many are great) and most have mutual feelings about the increasingly terrible school administration, which takes student workspace away to host parties for donors. They invite celebrities... for donors. They tear out buildings, trees, and plants for boring grass lawn... to look good for donors. They put up flashy modern architecture that will be outdated in a few years and it honestly already looks awful now. They host next to no student events and they don't even have a large enough auditorium to host big events... so they don't even bother. It's as if they don't really prioritized students anymore.
Ringling is an amazing art school in Sarasota. While I was visiting, I was able to experience the hands-on attitude of their highly skilled and intuitive professors that not only teach but have a passion for the craft. It was different from the schools that just want to push through the system and out into the world. Ringling seemed to actually prepare their students for the workplace and provide them the opportunities to make connection in the field. There is only a few buildings, making the layout of the campus very easy to navigate. The dorms are well kept and allow space for work, connecting with peers, or just sleeping in between your classes. The weather is phenomenal year round with the exception of a few showers. The beautiful campus lies only miles away from a beautiful beach and sits in the heart of Sarasota with plenty of food and activities to satisfy all walks of life. Overall it was a wonderful experience to visit and see what they were all about.
I really enjoy the community at Ringling! Everyone one is so helpful and positive. It's one of the best places to learn and grow.
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Ringling is such a beautiful and mind opening school. When i walked onto campus i seen how clean and wide open the campus was. So colorful full with the students art work and pieces. i felt right at home. While walking to the next building walking by the students I seen and feel the great positive vibes everyone is sending to each other showing beautiful bright different smiles and yet all mean the same feeling. Happiness. joy. Ready for anything that comes our way. i love knowing i'm going to learn something when i get there, to better myself as a person and better myself as an Artist.
Ringling College stands out as a leader in Art Schools. The professors are all great and the campus is beautiful.
I loved all the things they provide such as equipment, one on one time with students, everything is in walking distance, and a lot more. one thing i would want to change is the location due to it being next to a sketchy area. Other than that I really like the school!
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