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Founded in 1877, Rhode Island School of Design. is a Private college. Located in Rhode Island, which is a city setting in Rhode Island, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,999 full time undergraduate students, and 478 full time graduate students.
The Rhode Island School of Design Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 174 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Rhode Island School of Design include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at RISD are considered More Selective, with ,4% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Rhode Island School of Design.
62 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
54 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
65 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated school activities 3 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
66 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
12 Students rated Rhode Island School of Design
I'm a junior at RISD. I'm extremely happy with my artistic growth, and excited to see how my friends and I will continue to develop as artists.
But I'm also MISERABLE. All the time.
How am I supposed to assign this school a certain number of stars? Here's my breakdown:
ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT: 5/5
I have learned SO MUCH from my teachers and peers. I've been lucky enough to work alongside all these talented students...I've made so many great friends, and studied under so many great teachers. Like, don't get me wrong—I've had my fair share of bad professors. But the good ones more than bridged the gap for me.
STUDENT HEALTH: 1/5
I'm giving a 1 instead of a 0 because I love the RISD counseling department. The people at Counseling and Psychological Services kept me in school (and out of crisis). I don't know where I'd be without their help. Beside the counseling department? F**k this school's work culture. Everyone I know is stressed. My friends are struggling with depression, executive dysfunction, eating problems, dissociation...You don't get a break at this school. Weekends exist in name only. Unless you get a line of easy teachers, you'll find yourself sleep-deprived. When you do scrape up some down time, this school makes you feel guilty for relaxing. Freshman year is particularly destructive because the workload is DESIGNED TO BREAK YOU. Is the artistic development worth the psychological strain? Honestly, I don't know. I never had to deal with derealization before I entered RISD, but now it's part of my life. Thanks, freshman year stress!
I mean, I don't think this is the school's fault. Tuition rates are skyrocketing across the country. So I'll give the school some credit: I could be paying A LOT MORE than I am.
I come from a family that makes around $21,000 a year. In Montana, that's manageable. In Rhode Island—not so much. Thanks to a combination of scholarships and student loans, we're currently paying around $26,000 out of pocket a year. It's awful, and I don't know how we'll muster up the cash to get through another year—but again, it could be worse.
If you come from a poor family, you probably won't enjoy the additional material costs here. You'll have classes where teachers'll ask you to buy specific, expensive materials. THE GOOD NEWS: RISD offers a materials fund! You can submit an application, and the school can chose to fund your class project. Also, most of the teachers are willing to let you buy cheaper materials once you've explained your financial situation. They do care about their students.
SOCIAL LIFE/OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES: AHAHAHAHAHAHA
Like I said: You go to RISD, you get very little free time—unless you're the god of time management, and you can stay on top of a rigid schedule for 13 weeks without reprieve.
-Fantastic artistic progression
-Great teachers and students = lasting connections
-Your wallet will become an endless pit of darkness
-Throw your hobbies down a well because even when you do get time to do things you'll be plagued by guilt
If you want to ask a current student a question (I'm from the Illustration department, myself), feel free to email me at [email protected].
It is such a creative space. There is art everywhere. I was sitting at a bench close to the cafeteria planning out an assignment once during precollege, when I looked up at the giant tree above me and noticed that it had a colorful knitted cast around it, resembling a sweater of sorts. It is one of the special memories I hold from being there. I have never been more efficient nor has my work ethic ever been more consistent. The students are helpful and so interesting to hear about their lives before college. There is a new character to meet everyday. I cannot wait to start college in September and be in that space physically and mentally again.
It's a fantastic school with great connection for budding artists. Sometimes still stuck in the way of the "rich, elite" artist in some fields, but a new younger generation of both students and professors are starting to change this slightly. It is hard for a student who comes from a low class background to get used to, but connections and resources at RISD are, for the most part, worth the price. Social groups within RISD are vast and house a unique group of students, varying from very quiet and professional to spontaneous, outgoing, and a little reckless. All group activities on campus are recreational, with no major obligations unless you lead one, which is nice when studios get to be a handful.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Rhode Island School of Design is 34%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I think I still would have done things the same way as I did. The only difference would be that I would have done things with a lot more confidence, in myself and my decisions. I wasn't sure if I was good enough or had the ability to do what I decided to do. However, following ones instinct is very important. I wish I followed my instinct, instead of testing the water.
My classmates are unique and original and work very hard to stay focused.
"It's really about... the personal development, risd is all about creating communities and providing an opportunity for students to get involved,"
RISD's mission statement highlights the schools desire to make a positive impact recognizing global and environmental needs and their importance. RISD fails from a green/eco perspective, many students do to know how to recycle, do not care to recycle and have blatant disregard for environmental concerns-(use of energy, basic recycling etc) the school does not actively educate nor require or acknowledge this problem. Publicly they claim to encourage and support green thinking yet they do little to educate students to common environmentally friendly principles. This goes against what RISD claims are it's common principles. False advertising.
There is so much racial diversity. People from all over the world attend my school for its education.
Probably the tuition. It is expensive. Not to say it isn't worth it, but it is still alot of money. And that can get in the way alot of times.
RISD is an environment where you are surrounded by people who, on the whole, know and care about what they're doing ; they are there because they want to be there and have put in the work to make it happen.
It's ranked as number one, THE BEST art school. It is known as Harvard of Art School. Other school like SAIC is where all the shits who didn't get accepted to our school belongs!
Art and Design
If you are unsure if art is what you want to spend the rest of your life doing, then doon't come to this school. The intensive work ethic required to complete assignments and survive the multiple eight hour studios leaves no room for self doubt. If art is your life, RISD is perfect for you. When not in class, the large workload leaves little free time, which must be split between social life and work. So if you decide to attend, expect art to manifest itself in every part of your life.
People that should not attend this school will posses little to none of the following characteristics listed below:
eager to take in everything
Individuals that do not have all or most of these characteristic will find the school challenging. RISD is an outgoing campus that creates networks through the estabished artisitic community. It is an unique school, from its academic calendar to the excessive workload. The pressure is overbearing and can break many that are not ready to take on the task.
I wish I knew how hard it would be to decide on classes at this school. I have a lot of interests and feel very lucky to have so many options, it has really helped me find my way and what I love to do with my artistic abilities.
Thankfully, RISD tends to only accept the top applicants. So unlike say, a state university which might be require to accept all students interested in a design or art subject, RISD can be pickier. A state university would then place this hodgepodge of freshman into a foundation class (if they even have one!) After a year of foundations, or other 100 level courses, they may or may not cut design and art majors based on GPA or maybe other factors (portfolio review). RISD reviews the quality of students coming in and along the way. But all those talented undergrads all take foundation at RISD. This builds camaraderie and is a foundation for study in a major for the remaining 3 years.
Basically, none of the stereotypes are true. RISD students might come in looking like “outsiders” from high schools but deep in them all are some of the hardest working and most creative people in the world. These same people will be designing your car, building, product, book, iPad interface, identity design, everything! someday.
I would say everything is very balanced.. some are favored over others like drawing, and sculpture and painting are valued more than apparel.
Quirky fine artist, punks, weirdos, etc.
One unadvertised advantage is that RISD is directly next to Brown. RISD students can take Brown classes. So RISD is not only a top design and art school it is also a kind of Ivy League university all rolled into one. Brown students also have access to RISD but, note that Brown students do not get RISD degrees and are subject to the same minimal skill levels and prerequisites required for a particular course.
One possible advantage that is also a kind of disadvantage is that RISD is in a kind of amazing bubble all its own. It is hard to describe but, I guess all great schools are like this. The faculty, your fellow students, and the atmosphere is kind of off on its own. totally focused and really into the field you are studying. Other art schools might not have this intensity. Maybe they have more distractions being in more exciting cities or are in the boondocks/depressed cities and students are distracted with boredom. Providence seems to be just the right amount of college town. Not like Boston with hundreds of colleges in the metro area but, just a few (mainly RISD, Brown, and Johnson and Wales). Providence is also charming and livable (if always slightly high for petty crime, robbery, and burglary - a problem that seems endemic to Rhode Island. Never leave a thing in your car and rent a place with an alarm system!) It is also close but not too close to Boston (if needed) and a short drive or train ride to NYC.
All these factors create a kind of special atmosphere I have never seen at any other school except one or two in the U.S. and some in Europe.
The downside is that, to a certain degree, this is a fantasy world. Grasping at unrealistic solutions to complex problems. When students graduate, they realize, the profession they are entering is not at all like the RISD world. Their colleagues might not have loved typography or gotten as much of it as they did or other examples in other fields. So you find yourself surrounded by people at work who, well, are not as into design as you are. It can be a shock and you have to adapt and understand that, while at RISD, typography is God and was a God to be worshiped. But once you leave Oz, Xanadu, Skull Island, or whatever incredible place RISD was for you - you have to adapt.
"strange people" or "Asian school and white school" or "popular rich school"
I don't agree with these stereotypes.. in fact i'm not rich at all... I just got extremely lucky and found a way into this school the best way I could.. Not everyone here is rich/ but their are a few.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
44% of students
attending Rhode Island School of Design receive some sort of financial aid.
13% were awarded federal grants.
While 34% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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