RISD - Rhode Island School of Design Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

School of Design & Museum of Art, Providence.
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With an acceptance rate of 34 percent, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a fairly selective school. As it is an art school, applicants will need to submit a portfolio as part of the application (along with SAT or ACT scores and high school transcripts). For complete application instructions, be sure to visit the school's website, or get in touch with a member of the admissions office at RISD.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • RISD Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for RISD
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 540 / 670
    • SAT Math: 540 / 670
    • SAT Writing: - / -
    • ACT Composite: 24 / 30
    • ACT English: 24 / 32
    • ACT Math: 23 / 30

RISD - Rhode Island School of Design Description

RISD, the Rhode Island School of Design, is one of the top schools of art in the United States. The school is located on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island, and the campus is adjacent to Brown University (students can earn a dual degree from RISD and Brown). The curriculum is studio-based, and the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in 19 areas of study. Graphic design, illustration, and industrial design are the most popular majors among undergraduates. The school has a high job placement rate with 96 percent of alumni have a job one year after graduation, and the majority of those jobs are related to the alums' majors.

The RISD campus is home to the RISD Museum with its impressive collection of more than 86,000 works of art. Also notable is the Fleet Library. Founded in 1878, the library houses over 90,000 volumes in its circulating collection. Students applying to RISD will need to submit a digitized portfolio of 12 to 20 works, and they are also asked to create three drawing samples (learn more on the RISD admissions website).

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,477 (1,999 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 31% Male / 69% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,110
  • Books: $2,700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,850
  • Other Expenses: $3,500
  • Total Cost: $64,640

RISD Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 48%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 44%
    • Loans: 35%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,179
    • Loans: $8,294

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture, Apparel Design, Film/Animation/Video, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Painting
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 4%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics