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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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||610|
|SAT Math 25th||620|
|SAT Composite 25th||1230|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||770|
|SAT Composite 75th||1470|
|Average SAT Score||1350|
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
|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%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||27|
|ACT Math 25th||25|
|ACT Composite 25th||26|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||32|
|Average ACT Score||29|
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
|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%|
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.
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||50%||47%||49%|
The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2021.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Rhode Island School of Design is $60.
What are the requirements for admission to Rhode Island School of Design and what student information is used for 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.
73% of students submit their SAT scores to RISD. 27% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.