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RISD Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

31.9%
Admission Difficulty for Rhode Island School of Design
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into RISD? The school has a 32% acceptance rate. 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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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1200-1420
Applicants Submitting SAT
68%
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 620
SAT Math 25th 580
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1420
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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 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. 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rhode Island School of Design admission chances by SAT score
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%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
25-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
37%
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Rhode Island School of Design
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 32
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
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. 37 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
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%

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 2,546 874 3,420
Accepted 662 323 1,092
Acceptance Rate 26% 37% 32%
Enrolled 293 158 451
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 44% 49% 41%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were 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.