Rhode Island School of Design

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School Overview

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



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.

Rhode Island School of Design Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (401) 454-6100
Website: www.risd.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.risd.edu/admissions/
Address: 2 College St, Providence, RI 02903-2784
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,467
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 90%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 2,467 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $50,960
Out-of-state Tuition: $50,960
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 45%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $28,261

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Rhode Island School of Design Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Rhode Island School of Design.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 34
Education 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Precision Production 11
Visual and Performing Arts 1211
Grand total 1719

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Rhode Island School of Design and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $50,960
Out-of-state $50,960
Books and supplies $2,700

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $50,960
Out-of-state $50,960

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 205 45%
Grant or scholarship aid 171 38% $28,261
Student loan aid 156 35% $8,157

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 761 39% $26,057
Federal student loans 686 35% $6,952

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Rhode Island School of Design. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Rhode Island School of Design students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,913 971 2,942
Percent admitted 100% 34% 20%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 17% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Rhode Island School of Design Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 2,467
Undergraduate enrollment 1,994
Graduate enrollment 473

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Rhode Island School of Design Accreditation

This institution is accredited by New England Commission of Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does 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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