Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Providence, RI

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Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design Student Essentials

Rhode Island School of Design Student Essentials
Region: Northeast
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Scrotie The Nads
Nickname: RISD
Website: www.risd.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Most Selective
In-State Tuition: $41,332
Out-of-State Tuition: $41,332
Retention Rate: 95%
Enrollment: 2,473
Year Established: 1877

About RISD

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.

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RISD Map & Location

Rhode Island School of Design
2 College St
Providence, RI 02903


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Getting Around RISD

Walkability

Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.

7/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Providence, RI

Winter
Dec
42
26
Jan
37
21
Feb
40
24
Spring
Mar
48
30
Apr
59
40
May
68
49
Summer
Jun
78
58
Jul
83
64
Aug
81
63
Fall
Sep
74
55
Oct
63
44
Nov
53
36

RISD Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 2,030
Freshman Class 447
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 2,473

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 7%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 42%
  • Asian: 22%
  • Unknown and Other: 27%
Latino 7%
African American 3%
Caucasian 42%
Asian 22%
Unknown and Other 27%

Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%
Women 66%
Men 34%
International 19%
Domestic 81%

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