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Chances of getting into Rhode Island School of Design

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
25.8%
Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island School of Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into RISD and can I get accepted? The school has a 26% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Rhode Island for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 987 out of 3,832 applicants were admitted making RISD a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 19 percent. Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 49% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Rhode Island School of Design is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RISD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1230-1470
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 610
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1230
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 770
SAT Composite 75th 1470
Average SAT Score 1350

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rhode Island School of Design?

Rhode Island School of Design typically prefers applicants to be in the top 20 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1230 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1110. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1350 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1470 and Above Good >37%
1350 to 1470 Avg + 26%-37%
1230 to 1350 Avg - 17%-26%
1110 to 1230 Reach 11%-17%
Less than 1110 Low <11%
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RISD ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
27%
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 27
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into RISD?

Admission data indicates that RISD regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island for highest average ACT composite score. 27 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rhode Island School of Design.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >37%
29 to 32 Avg + 26%-37%
26 to 29 Avg - 17%-26%
23 to 26 Reach 11%-17%
Less than 23 Low <11%
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RISD GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.5
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Rhode Island School of Design?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into RISD. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rhode Island School of Design was 3.5 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RISD will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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Admission Statistics

Rhode Island School of Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,903 929 3,832
Accepted 657 330 987
Acceptance Rate 23% 36% 26%
Enrolled 326 154 480
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 50% 47% 49%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rhode Island School of Design is $60.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rhode Island School of Design Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rhode Island School of Design
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Rhode Island School of Design prefer SAT or ACT?

73% of students submit their SAT scores to RISD. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rhode Island School of Design?

26% of those who apply are granted admission to RISD. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rhode Island School of Design?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1230 and 1470. 73% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rhode Island School of Design?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 32. 27% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.