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Rhode Island School of Design Overview

Rhode Island School of Design is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Providence, Rhode Island. The city atmosphere of Providence makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Rhode Island School of Design Known For?

501 Undergraduate Awards
$62,618 Avg Cost After Aid
32% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at RISD may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at RISD is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at RISD is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 39% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, RISD bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $51,100 a year. That's about 25% more than their peers at other schools.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards RISD has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Design & Applied Arts College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Fine & Studio Arts College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is Rhode Island School of Design?

Location of Rhode Island School of Design

Contact details for RISD are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2 College St, Providence, RI 02903-2784
Phone: 401-454-6100
Website: www.risd.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/risd1877
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/risd

How Do I Get Into RISD?

You can apply to RISD online at: www.risd.edu/admissions/

Admission Requirements for RISD

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into RISD?

32% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
68% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to RISD. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 32%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 30% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 37%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to RISD submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rhode Island School of Design  ( 570 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rhode Island School of Design  ( 560 to 710 )
200
800
RISD received ACT scores from 37% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 32. Math scores were between 24 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Rhode Island School of Design  ( 24 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Rhode Island School of Design  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Rhode Island School of Design  ( 25 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rhode Island School of Design?

$62,618 Net Price
35% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of RISD is $62,618. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At RISD, approximately 35% of students took out student loans averaging $8,157 a year. That adds up to $32,628 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at RISD is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rhode Island School of Design Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,994 Full-Time Undergraduates
68% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are also 473 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,994 full-time undergraduates at RISD, 32% are male and 68% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  RISD

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rhode Island School of Design students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of RISD Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 359
Black or African American 74
Hispanic or Latino 181
White 590
International Students 606
Other Races/Ethnicities 184

Geographic Diversity

Rhode Island students aren't the only ones who study at Rhode Island School of Design. At this time, 34 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 65 countries are represented at RISD. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Canada.

Rhode Island School of Design Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Fine & Studio Arts 119 54 173
Design & Applied Arts 141 16 157
Architectural Sciences & Technology 34 72 106
Systems Theory 86 14 100
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 48 9 57
Woodworking 30 11 41
Sustainability Science 0 26 26
Textile & Apparel Studies 22 0 22
General Architecture 21 0 21
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 11 11
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0
TOTAL 501 213 714

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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