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Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

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Rhode Island School of Design overview
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Online risd.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Rhode Island School of Design overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Established in 1877, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a private art and design college in Providence, Rhode Island. Contemporary with a campus that showcases a blend of historic and modern architecture, RISD provides a comprehensive environment for artistic expression and innovation. Renowned for its rigorous programs, RISD offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, with notable focuses on fine arts, architecture, design, and art education. Situated within the greater Providence area, RISD benefits from its proximity to the cultural and educational resources of the adjacent Brown University and is just an hour's drive from Boston. The campus includes residential halls that house a significant portion of the student body, fostering an immersive educational experience. RISD maintains a highly selective admissions process, seeking to enroll a diverse and talented student cohort. While RISD is not widely known for athletics, its educational programs and contributions to the art world are internationally recognized, solidifying its prestige as an institution dedicated solely to the visual arts and design.

In the most recent statistical year 5,099 prospective students applied, and 888 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 481 enrolled in the school.  2,620 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $56,435 plus fees of $1,070. RISD is ranked 96 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












RISD is rated within the top 20% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Rhode Island School of Design overview
SAT 1340/1525
ACT 29/33
Estimated GPA 3.71

Applications Accepted

Rhode Island School of Design overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Rhode Island School of Design
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,700
Other Fees$1,070
Room and Board $15,234
Budget for Other Expenses$3,500
Total One Year Cost$78,939

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

87% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rhode Island School of Design students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 73%
Architecture 18%
Work and Family Studies 5%
Precision Production Trades 4%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217493 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island School of Design.

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