Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

2 College St, Providence, RI

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Rhode Island School of Design, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Providence, RI, the campus offers an urban setting for students to study in. Rhode Island School of Design has an annual student enrollment of approximately 2,400.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs RISD offers:

  • Illustration
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design

The admissions process will begin with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Students may take either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions at Rhode Island School of Design. A score in a range of 1730 to 1980 on the SAT, or 24 to 30 for the ACT is common among admitted students. Roughly 30 percent of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 50 percent of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found here.

Tuition is approximately $44,000 per year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to determine cost. The cost of on-campus housing is estimated to be $7,400 per year. Rhode Island School of Design may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible as scholarships, grants, and loans.

Students may visit the RISD website to get a complete list of programs offered, student services, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the applicants RISD accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Rhode Island School of Design is around 2,500 students. The student body is made up of 81% undergraduate students and 19% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $46,000-$55,000 for both state residents and nonresidents

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid48%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships34%$25,412
Receiving Student Loans40%$8,226
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Rhode Island School of Design may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

With a graduation rate of around 87%, RISD is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years72%
Graduating in 5 Years14%
Graduating in 6 Years1%
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Rhode Island School of Design by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)



Family and Consumer Sciences

Precision Production

Visual and Performing Arts

Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Rhode Island School of Design for official up-to-date information.

Contact Information

General Contact

Admissions Office

Financial Aid Office

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