Chances of getting into Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island School of Design

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
23.9%
Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island School of Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into RISD and can I get accepted? The school has a 24% acceptance rate ranking it #2 in Rhode Island for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 934 out of 3,913 applicants were admitted making RISD a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. Rhode Island School of Design typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 51% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Rhode Island School of Design is a prized outcome for many students.

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RISD SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1180-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT
73%
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1310

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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 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 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 1050. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1310 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1440 and Above Good >35%
1310 to 1440 Avg + 24%-35%
1180 to 1310 Avg - 16%-24%
1050 to 1180 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 1050 Low <10%
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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 26
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
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 #2 in Rhode Island for highest average ACT composite score. 27 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
32 and Above Good >35%
29 to 32 Avg + 24%-35%
26 to 29 Avg - 16%-24%
23 to 26 Reach 10%-16%
Less than 23 Low <10%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #2 in Rhode Island for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as RISD is a very selective school.

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Admission Statistics

Rhode Island School of Design admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,942 971 3,913
Accepted 602 332 934
Acceptance Rate 20% 34% 24%
Enrolled 304 169 473
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 50% 51% 51%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

24% of those who apply are granted admission to RISD. Admission competition is very high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1440. 73% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

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.