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RISD Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

34.1%
Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island School of Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into RISD? The school has a 34% acceptance rate. Last year, 953 out of 2,793 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 30 percent. Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 48% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1150-1400
Applicants Submitting SAT
75%
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 570
SAT Composite 25th 1150
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1400
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 32 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1150 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 1025. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1275 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1400 and Above Good >47%
1275 to 1400 Avg + 34%-47%
1150 to 1275 Avg - 23%-34%
1025 to 1150 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1025 Low <15%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
25%
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 30
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 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. 25 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rhode Island School of Design.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >47%
27 to 30 Avg + 34%-47%
24 to 27 Avg - 23%-34%
21 to 24 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 21 Low <15%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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

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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to RISD will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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Admission Statistics

Rhode Island School of Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,147 632 2,793
Accepted 663 285 953
Acceptance Rate 31% 45% 34%
Enrolled 322 134 456
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 49% 47% 48%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
48

Applicants have 48 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what considerations affect 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.