RISD Description

Rhode Island School of Design is widely known as one of the finest art and design schools in the country. For over 130 years, the school has trained a variety of successful and pioneering artists, from Kara Walker to Josiah McElheny.

Additionally, any of its graduates have made significant achievements in other creative fields: Gus Van Sant, Seth McFarlane and the members of Talking Heads all attended.

The reason for this varied and continuing success is RISD’s commitment to academics as well as creativity. The school supports innovation and research, emphasizing critical thinking as well as artistic growth. RISD also has a partnership with Brown University that allows students from both institutions to cross-enroll in classes, or pursue a five-year BFA/AB program.

There are over 30 specialized programs of study available, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some are in more traditional subjects like Painting and Sculpture, while others explore more recent developments in art, such as Industrial Design and Interior Architecture. The Graduate School offers the following additional programs:

  • Digital and Media
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Teaching and Learning in Art and Design

Financial aid is available at RISD. Some of the options include government programs, which are primarily based on need, and institutional scholarships, which are primarily based on merit. The Student Financial Services Office can help you find out what you might be eligible for.

Quick Facts about Rhode Island School of Design

Region

Northeast

Setting

Mid-size City Setting

Type

Private

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)

Mascot

Scrotie The Nads

Nickname

RISD

Website

www.risd.edu

On-Campus Housing Available

Yes

Selectivity

Most Selective

In-State Tuition

$39,482

Out-of-State Tuition

$39,482

Retention Rate

95%

Enrollment

2,346

Year Established

1877

RISD Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
1,926
Freshman Class
447
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
2,346

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
82%
Graduate
18%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
97%
Part-Time
3%

Gender of Students

Women
66%
Men
34%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
6%
African American
2%
Caucasian
45%
Asian
19%
Unknown and Other
28%

International Students

International
19%
Domestic
81%

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