PROFILE

Rhode Island School of Design

About Rhode Island School of Design


Rhode Island School of Design is a private, nonprofit college founded in Providence, RI in 1877—making it one of the first art and design schools in the US. Approximately 2,500 students from around the world are engaged in liberal arts studies and rigorous, studio-based learning at RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”), where they earn bachelor’s or master’s degrees in 22 majors. For more information visit www.risd.edu.

About Our Students

FALL 2020 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.


Middle 50% SAT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2020.

Mathematics 640 - 770
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 610 - 700

The SAT has two sections (SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and SAT Math), each scored on a scale of 200-800. In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 2020 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year
84.6%

FALL 2020 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2020.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

Average High School GPA of the Freshman Class
3.6

FALL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS
GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2020.

GENDER: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

Women 66%
Men 34%

DIVERSITY: ALL UNDERGRADUATES

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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2020 - 2021   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2020 - 2021. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$54,890
Estimated Room & Board$14,430
Estimated Books & Supplies$2,700
Estimated Transportation$1,000
Other Expenses$2,500

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FALL 2021 Tuition and Fees History   These figures represent typical tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for the full academic year (generally September to June) plus required fees or those charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (for example, registration, health, or activity fees). Optional fees such as parking and laboratory use are not included.


 
Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2014 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2020.

Within 4 Years 72%
Within 5 Years 88%
Within 6 Years 91%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Other areas are: Apparel, Ceramics, Film/Animation/Video, Furniture, Glass, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Textiles, Sculpture

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2020   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2020. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2020 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 71%

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Life on Campus

RISD students inspire each other to push their own limits in the studio. But finding a healthy balance between work and play—between focused studio time and a more broad exploration of the enormous opportunities this community affords—is essential to getting the most out of a RISD education. The idea is to be open to a full immersion in creative exchange, whether it’s at a gallery opening, watching The Nads at play on the ice or relaxing with friends. For information visit www.risd.edu/student-life/

Campus Safety

Patrolling campus on foot, bicycle and in distinctively marked cruisers, the members of RISD’s Public Safety team work 24/7 to maintain a safe environment for RISD students. Officers are friendly and professional, often getting to know students and able to recognize members of the campus community. Public Safety also provides education and training that help students, faculty and staff to be stewards of a safe and informed community.

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