Chances of getting into Rhode Island School of Design
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into RISD and can I get accepted? The school has a 32% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Rhode Island for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,092 out of 3,420 applicants were admitted making RISD a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 23 percent. Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 41% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
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RISD SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT68%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||620|
|SAT Math 25th||580|
|SAT Composite 25th||1200|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||740|
|SAT Composite 75th||1420|
|Average SAT Score||1310|
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 requires applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 1090. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 68 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1420 and Above||Good||>44%|
|1310 to 1420||Avg +||32%-44%|
|1200 to 1310||Avg -||22%-32%|
|1090 to 1200||Reach||14%-22%|
|Less than 1090||Low||<14%|
RISD ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT37%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||24|
|ACT Math 25th||24|
|ACT Composite 25th||25|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||32|
|ACT Math 75th||30|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
|Average ACT Score||28|
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 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Rhode Island for highest average ACT composite score. 37 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rhode Island School of Design.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|31 and Above||Good||>44%|
|28 to 31||Avg +||32%-44%|
|25 to 28||Avg -||22%-32%|
|22 to 25||Reach||14%-22%|
|Less than 22||Low||<14%|
Avg. High School GPA3.5
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Rhode Island School of Design. 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 #1 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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||44%||49%||41%|
Applications were DueFeb 1, 2019
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2019.
What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Required|
|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.