Rhode Island School of Design

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a design and fine arts college that was founded in 1877. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the campus sits at the base of College Hill-contiguous with the Brown University campus. In fact, both institutions share community, social, and academic resources in addition to joint courses. Students wishing to go to RISD must complete the infamous two-drawing “home test” which includes the bicycle drawing (a trademark of RISD).

RISD draws students in from all over the United States and about 50 other countries as it is consistently ranked as the number one fine arts college in the USA. The school has around 350 curators and faculty and about 400 staff members. The school enrolls about 2,000 undergraduate students who can choose from 16 majors and around 400 graduate students enrolled in 17 majors. The school maintains an impressive 80,000 works of art in the RISD Museum.

RISD is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), which is a group of 36 leading art schools in the USA.

General Information

Admission Office

Two College Street

Providence, RI 02903-2791

(401) 454-6300

(800) 364-7473

Fax: (401) 454-6309

[email protected]

Contact: Edward Newhall

Director of Admissions
Main Address

Two College Street

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 454-6100

www.risd.edu
Size

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,926

Setting

Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 29%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $33,118 $34,925 $36,659 $38,295 +4.46%
Books and Supplies $2,475 $2,600 $2,700 $2,700 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,860 $10,260 $10,846 $11,310 +4.28%
Other $3,097 $3,415 $3,500 $3,500 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,550 $51,200 $53,705 $55,805 +3.91%
In-state Off Campus $35,593 $37,525 $39,359 $40,995 +4.16%
In-state with Family $35,593 $37,525 $39,359 $40,995 +4.16%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $38,000
In-state Student Fees $295
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $38,000
Out-of-state Fees $295

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 224 51%
Grant or scholarship aid 151 34% $2,296,500 $15,209
• Federal grants 83 19% $213,000 $2,566
• Pell grants 41 9% $125,700 $3,066
• Other federal grants 50 11% $87,300 $1,746
State/local government grant or scholarships 17 4% $17,500 $1,029
Institutional grants or scholarships 127 29% $2,066,000 $16,268
Student loan aid 217 50% $1,179,700 $5,436
• Federal student loans 217 50% $957,000 $4,410
• Other student loans 17 4% $222,700 $13,100

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 441 178
Architecture and Related Services 50 69
Architecture 34 31
Interior Architecture 16 18
Landscape Architecture 20
Education 17
Art Teacher Education 17
Precision Production Trades 12 6
Furniture Design and Manufacturing 12 6
Visual and Performing Arts 332 80
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 1 6
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 30
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 7 3
Graphic Design 60 13
Illustration 76
Industrial and Product Design 67 9
Intermedia/Multimedia 15
Metal and Jewelry Arts 11 7
Painting 30 10
Photography 13 4
Printmaking 23 6
Sculpture 14 7
Work and Family Studies 47 6
Apparel and Textiles 47 6

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Ceramics B
Fashion Design B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design C
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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