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RISD Demographics & Diversity

Providence, Rhode Island

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at RISD are predominantly White with a small Foreign Resident population. The school has very high racial diversity. 69% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Rhode Island School of Design students
Race Percent of Students
White 31%
Black 2%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 19%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
International 26%
Race Unknown 8%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 102% more female students than male students enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design with a gender ratio of 67% women to 33% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, RISD has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Rhode Island School of Design students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 33%
Women 67%
Enrollment by gender for Rhode Island School of Design students
Gender Number of Students
Men 817
Women 1,650

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

RISD serves a high number of out-of-state students with 97% of the student body residing outside of Rhode Island or from other countries.

Enrollment by geographic location for Rhode Island School of Design students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 3%
Out of State 62%
Foreign 33%
Unknown Location 2%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$80,568 per year

18% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 2.3%
Part time Undergrads 0%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217493 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island School of Design.