Rhode Island School of Design

2 College Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Each year approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students work together at RISD as part of a creative community focused on critical thinking and hands-on making. Students major in studio disciplines in the fine arts, architecture and design, but take a third of their courses in the liberal arts, which support critical research skills and contextual understanding. The practicing artists and designers dedicated to teaching at RISD work closely with students to support their development as nimble thinkers and makers. Graduates go on to make their mark as creative leaders in the arts and a wide range of other fields hungry for the type of innovative thinking fostered at RISD.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, B.Arch, M.Arch, MAT, MA, MDes, MFA, MID, MLA
ACCREDITATION: LAAB, NAAB, NASAD, NEASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Apparel Design*
Architecture
Ceramics
Digital + Media**
Film/Animation/Video*
Furniture Design
Glass
Graphic Design
Illustration*
Industrial Design

 

Interior Architecture
Jewelry + Metalsmithing
Landscape Architecture**
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture
Teaching + Learning in Art + Design**
Textiles

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
One of the first of its kind, RISD’s Experimental and Foundation Studies program began in 1940, providing an enlightened approach to education that has since been widely adopted at other colleges of art and design. All first-year students follow the same course of study - which introduces RISD’s pedagogical approach - before they move on to disparate studio majors as sophomores. The intensive, collaborative investigation of abstract and conceptual issues that touch every discipline is considered fundamental to the educational experience at RISD.


This program is Residential.

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 46,800
MANDATORY FEES 310
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,700
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,850
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 12,850
OTHER 4,496
FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $23,689 34%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,732 13%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 539 2%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,422 34%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $33,473
35% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 35%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 49%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 2,000

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 2,000
PART-TIME 0

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Required
INTERVIEW: Not Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 237

FULL-TIME 175
PART-TIME 277
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
10.5 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
95%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
93%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
89%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
89%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
69% FEMALE
31% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Education
Certificate Programs
Executive Education
RISD Pre-College
Summer Programs

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Brown University cross-registration
BrownIRISD Dual Degree program
Global Exchange Program
RISD in Rome/European Honors Program
Slice of Life: Seoul
Maharam STEAM Fellowship
AICAD Exchange Program

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).